That In Defense of the Almighty Dollar Will Have Many Pulling That Collar
I seriously didn’t mean for the title of this piece to rhyme, it just came out as a soul stirring response that led to thoughts rumbling inside my head waiting to escape. I mean that “pouring out” in essence is what gave birth to the intended art form that is Hip Hop today. The infectious appeal of the culture and its music has come a long way — from a marginalized subculture in the Bronx, now traversing globally and spreading roots to places down under — in a relatively short span of a lifetime. With no mic and no turntables I will be letting out what’s in my heart and soul with just a few stokes of this keyboard after reading Hip Hop artist and burgeoning mogul T.I.’s tweet — in defense of Iggy Azalea’s successful, grammy nominated, commercialized impersonations of Hip Hop — to Hip Hop artist and scholar Q-Tip’s assertion and observation originally aimed at and for the Aussie rapper.
Q-Tip’s well-intended remarks over many tweets were…
HipHop is a artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70’s Coming off the heels of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and approaching the end of the Vietnam war it was a crossroads 4 America specially for blacks in the US
Being a spirited, rhythmic & expressive people music art dance outlined our existence… it proved a way for us to exhault to scream to dance to laugh and find OUR VOICE
Black and Latino Kids were carving out their space and it became infectious… eventually Keith Cowboy coined the phrase hiphop . Yrs later the first rap record was recorded and now we r moving.
But during these strides this country still had the monster of racism and racial insensitivity breathing and ruling… believe it or not young black n Latino lives specifically weren’t acknowledged in mainstream American culture unless Of course.. the convo was abt gangs , being criminals or uneducated. And hey! Like I stated early our families were rushed our schools sucked and we were left to put devices to survive… but HIPHOP showed that we had DEPTH, fire, and BRILLANCE… the music was undeniable! It moved from NY N became national and even GLOBAL.”
Hiphop now was FOR EVERYBODY!! All of those who cld relate to the roots, the spirit, the history, the energy.. It reached YOU… it touched your spirit n took u up. We magnetized you! That’s what BRILLANCE does… now u are fulfilling your dreams … BUT! you have to take into account the HISTORY as you move underneath the banner of hiphop. As I said before… hiphop is fun it’s vile it’s dance it’s traditional it’s light hearted but 1 thing it can never detach itself from is being a SOCIO-Political movement.”
It was a teachable moment if I may, that somehow in the course of some incomprehension and indefensible logic from Iggy, was taken out of context further by T.I.. I don’t even understand how, because it isn’t abstract at all, this is real homie. It may possibly stem from some some guilty conscious arriving at a laughable reach due to the persistent backlash stemming from a purview that insists upon discrediting the authenticity of work that has become so widely acclaimed. Coincidentally, and as a matter of fact disputes in authenticity of rap in Hip Hop is fairly commonplace in this art world and is in the essence Hip Hop. It is form of built-in premeditated checks and balances on its curation. Q-Tip’s statements are merely a form of self-preservation for Hip Hop.
The Grammy obsession with the rap phenomenon that is Iggy is just that. It’s more or less a curiosity piece. How does she rap with a stereotypical ghetto dialect while maintaining her Aussie one? Her slender yet pear-shaped frame is also a spectacle for some to behold. Are we looking at the epitome of hip hop culture in it most lucrative form? Judging by T.I.’s retort then apparently the answer is yes.
Also what I think my big Bruh kinda left out is that OUR people (blacks in America,& HIPHOP) have had much less qualified White People come along & manipulate our culture for their own pers gain. This lead to an almost incoherent overly defensive, paranoid sense of… “All White People Wanna Steal Our Shit” mentality. Now as difficult as this is to believe…. We think all white people who do our shit… gotta kiss our ass or we don’t like em!!! “Dey shady!!!” (Lol No pun intended) But me knowing U,Eminem,and a handful of other… (just so happen to be) white people who were inspired by our culture allowed ME TO SEE, that not all white people out to steal our culture.. There are some that merely wish to contribute to it. And I’d be less than ME if I didn’t say that… If WE don’t allow u guys the same… …rights & respect we KNOW WE DESERVE in other areas of humanity… WE’RE ALL JUST A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES. AND THATS NOT HIP HOP!!!!
Now watch what YOU say homie because you are pulling cards I don’t even recognize. As mentioned before there is this compelling history of the ongoing plight of people of color that obliges Hip Hop culture to the preservation of an art form and not it’s “discovery”, “capture”, and subsequent capitalistic plunder. No one has accused Iggy of theft, albeit there is the misuse, the false impersonating, and the misleading of so many witnessing the travesties that Ms Azalea spews. First of all, “We” are hardly in a position of qualifying white people into the game, that is left to the major labels who for the most part forces it down your throat, with the incessant radio air play, and for the wads of consumers lacking any taste this is a bankable proposition. As for the “less qualified white people” that extrapolated from Hip Hop and received sizable rap credit unearned, all you need is a co-signer, enter stage right: T.I. comes in.
What is being bought on the relatively cheap, then sold, lacks authenticity and therefore depreciates what has become widely appreciated, and so we are left with this commodification of an art form. Now manufactured and sold. I know there are plenty of knockoffs out there and this is certainly one of them.