“… I started thinkin’, how many souls Hip Hop has affected? How many dead folks this art resurrected? How many nations this culture connected? Who am I to judge one’s perspective? ” – Common feat. Bilal – The 6th Sense
Peace, brothas and sistas…
I thought I’d start this off by quoting from on e my favourite hip-hop songs of all time. I’m sure we all know that song, but I want you to go back to it and listen carefully to Common’s rap there – in fact, I’ll give you the links for both the lyrics and to listen to the song.
Now, I’ve got a question for you…and I also want you to ask yourself and those around you this very same question:
What is YOUR role in the culture?
Just take a minute, think about this…. What is “having a role in the culture”?
I often meet people who believe that “loving” Hip Hop or being Hip Hop means that one has to rap, break, deejay, tag, make beats or any of the physical elements and extended elements associated with Hip Hop. What many don’t get is that Hiphop is a mentality, a state of being and also a train of thought AND, Hip Hop is our KULTURE. This implies that one doesn’t actually have to partake in the “physical elements” (lack of a better word) to BE Hip Hop or to LIVE Hip Hop.