The Hip Hop Generation is officially in power!!! All political orientation aside, there is no denying that the election of Barack Obama (America's first black president) is largely influenced by the maturation of the Hip Hop Generation. For god sakes, we now have a president who has listened to a Jay-Z album. Many of you do not know this, but when I'm not creating and posting mixes, I work as a Political Science Professor at a nearby college. I've always thought it was cool that things have gotten to the point where you can now have a college professor who comes to class wearing Adidas shell-toes, and makes in-class references to the lyrics of Chuck D and De La Soul. And I am not alone, hip hop heads are now social workers, lawyers, accountants, school teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, etc... Believe it or not, we are now beginning to infiltrate the capillaries of power. Will we go as the generation prior, where hippie dreams of peace and love became yuppie realities of greed, excess, and moral relativism? Or will we rise to the challenge and stay true to the core principles of hip hop that have served to empower many of the disempowered? Will success be measured by the number of houses we own and the shine on our gas guzzling SUV? Or, will we do as our hip hop founders did, and make beautiful music and culture out of limited resources and a desire for creativity? Will we transcend the definition of success into improving our communities, becoming better husbands, wives, fathers, and mothers? Will we transform a nation infected with a false sense of entitlement into a nation of innovators who will take responsibility for their successes and failures? The challenges are ours to rise to. The bitching and moaning stops now. The questions of tomorrow are now ours to answer.
**Okay, I'm off my soapbox. A new video of Shortkut, Vinroc, and Apollo below.
I'm psyched about the "Change" as well...even though I don't get all warm and fuzzy about any politicians, i have to realize history is being made, an amazing feat, and I love the fact that he is trying to be very non-partisan right now and unite...he will have Republicans on his staff which is a good thing for reaching out purposes...seems on the up and up right now, even though he's got one hell of a mess to work on....by the way Brother...your "Kush Mix" is freakin awesome..awesome!!!
I totally forgot about the Kush mix. Why haven't upload it the blog? Why am I asking myself questions?
Glad you enjoyed the mix :)
Ha ha... Im loving it Pipo. Very well put. I think Obama has re-energized like no other President in modern day. Its great to see such a significant change from the joke we have as President today. But as Obama indirectly put it, change starts with self. Unless we get mature with ourselves and as a community, we will never get away from some falsehoods in our hip-hop community and our nation. The battle has just begun.
i'm 33, so for me, hiphop's not a way of life...i'm sorry...that would just be too immature and limiting for me...i dj, make beats, listen to hiphop whenever i have a fucking chance...but never feel as if i have to advertise the fact that i love it by the way i dress, talk, etc...as long as the love's in my heart, that's all that matters to me!!!...that's how I'VE changed over the past decade in the way i view this genre of music...
Hiphop heads foe life!!!
Im with you on the hiphop professor tip you aint the only one. There are plenty of us out there. As Nas said, REPRESENT, REPRESENT!!!
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