This weekend was a celebration of the birth of Hip Hop and as we reminisced over the classics and grooved to our favorite breakbeats this country was preparing to remind us that we are in a perpetual state of unrest. In Hip Hop’s forty-four years of top rocking across the globe it has seen its fair share of prejudice, racism, classism, feminism, and every other ism that defeats the purpose of the culture which is to bring people together. Some people may have been in a euphoric mind-state since Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America but only 45 can come after 44. Now that Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America his broad audience of “well meaning” white women and KKK members reminded those people who were hypnotized by Obama’s blackness that the struggle isn’t over and may be just beginning. The protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia planned this event long ago after they rallied in the same place only a month ago. Forty-four years ago Kool DJ Herc did not plan for Hip Hop Culture to be a global phenomenon but in some cases if you fail to plan you’re planned to fail.
While everyone is deciding whether or not to boycott the NFL Hip Hop hasn’t made a peep. We expect Emcees like J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay Z to speak out or at least give us some bars to build on but those people aren’t reaching the people who need the message. K. Dot can reach the gangs and Cole can reach the observant ones but I need Future’s audience, Migos fans, and Kodak Black’s people to get the right vibration. You can’t rally against the KKK if you’re popping pills. Just like an unprepared emcee cannot battle anybody if he or she is not in their right mind. Some Rappers ignore the real issues because they don’t feel like they have enough insight or any information at all on “what’s going on” when in fact they experience prejudice and hate on a regular basis. Donald Trump is not going to blast the neo-Nazi groups because those are the people that voted for him. That was their plan and since the other party did not have a backup plan we all got sold down the river.
Forty-four years later and we still don’t have a plan. Racist bigots listen to Rap music every day. Kid Rock, Post Malone, Eminem, and Riff Raff may not all Rap about the things they want to hear but they look like them so it makes it more appeasing. They have a plan and it is to unite and fight. We don’t have a plan and we cannot come together for the revolution without one! Black men and Black women cannot be at odds during the revolution. Pan-Africans across the globe have to come together against white privilege. Forty-four is waiting in the wings for us to get it together. Forty-five on the other hand could not care less about our struggle. African slaves in this country used to out messages in their music and sung songs of their plans to escape bondage but why can’t we use Hip Hop in the same way? Through our rhymes, beats, graffiti, and breakin we could incorporate all those things into the plan but forty-five’s people have been in the game so long we wouldn’t even recognize them reading this post.
“You can’t fool all the people all of the time: But you can fool the right ones, then the rest will fall behind.” –Dead Prez (Propaganda)