Hip Hop took America and the world by storm when it officially made its presence known in 1979. Its musical effect has been both far reaching and impactful for five decades. But 1979 was a long time ago. The music has changed for the worse. What started out as a party music created by the forgotten Negro under class in the Bronx has morphed into a counter-productive, sonic poison that has infected the Indigenous community. Hip Hop’s embracing of both drug and prison culture as well as its outright misogyny has deeply impacted our people negatively, whether we choose to believe it or not. Truth be told, hip hop was corrupted long before NWA. The conscious movement was also controlled by the music industry. And if we’re honest, most conscious Rap groups were anything but, as many acts carried a Pan-Africanist, Five Percent Nation, Moorish and Asiatic message. That message helped to divide us even farther from our Aborigine American roots. So why do we still love Hip Hop when by the 1990s, the genre and culture made it clear it does not love us? Have we lost our way trying to keep it real? Join me as we tackle this important issue. Let’s discuss and dialogue.
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