“Its so loud inside my head with words I should’ve said.” Lupe Fiasco
Music has a way of pulling the triggers of your mind and heart. Once the trigger is pulled what comes out is what was in your mind and heart before the song began. So did the music influence your thoughts and feelings or did it just wake the sleeping giants inside of you? This song pulled some triggers inside my head and heart and these are the words I never said:
1. I am a Christian who follows Jesus Christ and believes the bible is the true and living word of God. The actions of the collective church have diluted the perception and reverence that the world has towards God and Christ. This makes it more of a necessity to distinguish myself from a “Sunday Saint” or someone who believes in God but not the bible. I am an imperfect man seeking perfection through God’s Holy Spirit residing inside of me.
2. Attempting to use Hip-Hop music and culture to teach or do anything else doesn’t make you Hip-Hop or a part of the culture. Hip-Hop music and culture is being accepted in circles of academia because of the catastrophic failure of traditional education to remain relevant and engaging to its core audience within inner cities across America and beyond. I’m not questioning the sincerity of an individual educator or writer, but the collective establishment’s embracing the culture and deeming their own colleagues the experts. Ask yourself if Hip-Hop was no longer as popular and another music genre drove popular culture would you still be looking to use and or participate with Hip-Hop?
3. There must be a space created for men to feel and heal. Society has raised us to embrace the ideology that states that anger is the only acceptable emotion to express without a questioning of your manhood. Think of the adjective we place in front of love, I got mad love for you. Think of the violent slang terms that describe making love or having sex? It has gotten so bad amongst young men that they will start a statement with “no homo” to say or do anything that expresses an emotion. We need the space and methodology to heal in order to be real with ourselves and others.
4. The love, commitment, and passion that I have for my people should not be viewed as racist, prejudice, or radical. Multi-Culturalism and diversity doesn’t always mean equality because all cultures or parties are not coming to the table of brotherhood as equal partners. The causes for the collective can not overshadow my commitment to the causes that disproportionately impact my people of color.
5. Hip-Hop is constantly being analyzed but rarely evaluated. There was a value within Hip-Hop that is not as needed today or is it? In the beginning as Hip-Hop came on the scene, it was responsible for speaking for a community that hadn’t had the opportunity to speak and be heard to society as a whole. We need to create a system to evaluate today’s Hip-Hop and stop merely debating various analysis of the content. What is the value of the content of many of today’s most popular Hip-Hop songs is the true question.
THINK To Hear Is New Knowledge! Can You Hear the Words that I Write?