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September 11th, 2008

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(idea) by ZamZ (2.5 wk) (print)       (I like it!) 2 C!s Thu Aug 10 2000 at 13:46:5

How to define what I’ve tried to live for the past 15 years?

It starts with this, Your own words in your own voice.

Hip Hop is your story, it is your participation.

Never mind HIS story
Tell a little about your story
The Real Story

Everything that is important to Hip Hop is about your creativity, it’s about expressing who you are and what you are, in your own words, and in this way making a contribution to what Hip Hop is.

Hip Hop is a form of positive creation

Hip Hop started with DJ‘s and turntables making new music from old to please crowds at parties in the Bronx. MC‘s were added to the mix to give a vocal aspect. Graf existed on its own well before Hip Hop got started, but its spirit of creativity on your own terms mixed well with Hip Hop and the two grew together for a while. Break Dancing
broke more than just bones, it redefined what modern dance could be and
did so from a street level, outside of the art houses that dance had
become. Again, your art, your expression.

Hip Hop started from the street
It’s not soft it’s a gristled beat
Old, that’s a no no
Hip Hop must be fresh and original

Whatever Hip Hop truly is it is more than a specific sound or look, more than what defined it yesterday or defines it today. A sub-culture? In a way, but Hip Hop made a new movement for its time. It took the roots of what Andy Warhol
did of sampling modern culture and turned it to music, mixing it with
electronica and poetry, taking along with it the anger and ferocious
belief in itself of Punk. In doing so it released a flood of sampling in music and art that has overtaken almost everything in modern media. From the modern forms of dance music to the latest in video installation displays in art galleries, Hip Hop was an enabling force in the way it freed people from the constrictions of the culture that went before it.

If you want understand what Hip Hop is then you must create. To observe is to miss the point. And in your creation remember always that the focus is yours, the message and the medium
what you choose it to be. The only real restriction is that it must be
about you, not the imaginary you that you wish to present (the mistake
of Gangsta Rap) but the you that is real.

Don’t depart
From the heart

Express your wants and desires, political opinions. Talk of your race (White or Black or Whatever) and your place in society. Do it musically, do it in verse, in story, in photographs and in painting.
Do not restrict yourself to the current isms and boundaries that define
what culture IS, redefine culture as you create it. Break rules and do
so with a pride in who you are and what your creation stands for.

Remember in your expression that you are unique and have a unique
perspective. No-one can truly understand your angle. But remember also
that you are not alone, whatever your position in this world you share
common values and experiences with many others. If you express the
truth of who you are you will find common ground and true communication
with those others.

I said before pride in who you are.
This is important. If you are to express what and who you are you must
ready yourself for others to judge and be critical of both you and your
form of expression. Have pride
and ignore it. If someone wants to help by suggesting how you might
improve then fine. Merely to critisize is nothing. Critics are easily
made. Expressing yourself with real truth is one of the hardest, if
most rewarding, things you can do. Remember also in this not to be
quick to judge others expression. Have respect. Expect respect.

And if they look at you like you’re insane
And they start calling you scarecrow
and say you ain’t got no brain
Tellin’ folks that you suddenly gone lame
That white folks have finally co-opted your game
Or worse yet implying that you don’t really know
That’s the same thing they said about us
A long time ago.

A word about what people perceive as Hip Hop today. It isn’t what you
see on MTV. With their vehement self-expression and radical new sound The Clash are more B Boy than Snoop Doggy Dog will ever be. With its diversity of culture and use of technology to create a new medium Everything2 comes closer to the true spirit of Hip Hop than anything Eminem could dream of creating.

And Hip Hop as a musical form
in its own genre still exists today. It is pumped out by small German
crews with cheap videos. It’s made in London by angry young guys with
an extreme passion for noise. It exists wherever someone gets up and
mixes, strings words together on a mic and does so for the passion of
doing it and the want to tell their story.

Be true to yourself. Create. Oh, and Enjoy yourself. This is utmost in importance.

Note, I know the quotes in bold are not exact. But, hey, they had a remix! 

(thing) by Obso1337 (3.5 y) (print)       (I like it!)   Thu Oct 30 2003 at 22:18:56

Hip Hop is a culture. It’s a style. It’s how you talk, it’s how you dress, and it’s how you live daily.

Let’s not forget the elements though. Hip Hop consists of four distinct elements/pillars:

1. The DJ. Recongized as the backbone of hip hop, the DJ or turntablist provides the music and therefore controls the mood
of his audience. A good DJ should be able to get a feel for his
listeners and provide what they want to hear. If they want to dance, he needs to play dance-able music. If they want to chill, he should play something more mellow. As has been said, Kool DJ Herc was the first to extend the break
of the record by playing two of the same record and switching back and
forth between them. The DJ is the main ingredient of hip hop, and
everyone else is his arms and legs.

2. The MC or emcee. Short for Master of Ceremonies, the MC calls the crowd and gets them pumped. He might spit a rhyme or two, but originally MC-ing wasn’t about rapping. Rap came later and almost killed hip hop. The MC is really about speaking verbally for the DJ, or making announcements.

3. The B-Boy. A b-boy is a breakdancer.
In fact the term "b-boy" is short for "break-boy." But here, "break"
didn’t come from breaks on the record, but rather street terminology.
If you were "breaking" at a party, you were causing trouble or acting
crazy. It also referred to the status of the people living in the Bronx. You could say, "He broke. He went through a breaking point." So the exaggeration was applied to the dance at the time.

4. Graffiti. Graffiti is wild style art. It usually takes the form of spraypaint on the sides of buildings or boxcars, which is illegal. But graff is still art, which sparks many debates between pro-graff and anti-graff groups. Some don’t consider graffiti an element of hip hop, and this holds true with low quality tags, but in general it fits with hip hop very well.

Hop lives and breathes. It is a way of life and a state of mind. The
beauty of Hip Hop is that it is a positve reaction from people living
in a negative environment (the ghettos/projects). How can that not be respected, if not embraced by society?

  outline by THX 1138 (2006) 


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