Love and Hip Hop

As much as I like to say hip-hop was grown organically, since it’s commercialization the narcissism has been through-the-roof ridiculous; it’s all about me.

Hip-hop was something communal. Community. Everybody.

It’s not our fault we are divided.

Some of us like Drake; some of us don’t like Drake.

Some of us like The Grouch; some of us don’t like him.

But to deny different genres of hip-hop as hip-hop doesn’t do anything for the culture but hamper it.

To fully love the culture, we should know this:

We must understand how hip-hop emerged; we should understand what it was meant to do in it’s beginning stages which is unite people. Block parties. As long as we had a good time, it was all good.

Today hip-hop unites different cultures, incorporating beauty and thought cross-culturally.

Yet, what I see today is a lot of hating going on: “that’s not real hip-hop”, “soulja boy sucks”.

Soulja Boy is doing what he loves to do and he’s getting money, leave him alone. “If you have nothing to say don’t say anything at all,” grandma’s words never made more sense.

Hip hop culture has become so prevalent in popular culture worldwide that there are too many strands of hip-hop to call one now. And, of course, American popular culture is a mass influencer internationally – hip hop put Obama in the white house; that’s how big we are in terms of numbers. I quote Diddy.

Imagine if we were all to get along. Yeah, it seems unrealistic but it’s worth a shot.

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