Hip Hop Culture
I’m a firm believer in the notion that hip-hop culture is black culture. It may be assimilated into mainstream American culture now; it will forever be black culture in my eyes. It has to be because it is a homegrown culture created by a group of people who had their culture stripped from them. I marvel at all the people that don’t agree with that notion. As if there aren’t facts to back up my claims. The point is that Hip-Hop was created as an avenue for creative self-expression within the framework of black culture. It focuses on storytelling that aims to inspire and share knowledge. That parallels the framework that slaves used to try and hold on to the culture they were stripped of. To say that hip-hop isn’t black culture leads me to ask what black culture is. When you ask what music and customs Europeans and Latins have, you can get as specific as possible. Even with Africans you can, but not with blacks. No blacks and Africans are not the same either. That is just like calling a Mexican a Puerto Rican. They have two different genealogical stories. Hip-hop was created out of the struggle for identity. That is one thing that I feel blacks have a problem with because we don’t know what it means to be black outside of the stereotypical examples we have from others. We can’t look down a family tree and see with our eyes where we came from because there isn’t anything positive for us to look to. We can’t celebrate a culture that was started through enslavement, so we created another identity for ourselves. Something that inspires progress and success. To try and take that away from us as a people is just rude.
Create and Conquer