A core member of my Twitter fam, Dom the Savage, decided to share with me a minuscule sector of his ongoing Hip-Hop conspiracy theory. (Edited by yours truly). Open your mind and enjoy:
My Hip-Hop Conspiracy Theory
The following is my Hip-Hop Conspiracy Theory – as biasedly told by some short lightskin twitter nigga. (@Ayo_Domm)
Forewarning: If I’m not following you, and you @ me something stupid, I’m not responding. Just blocking. Mind you, the history is too long for a Twitter thread so this will be HEAVILY condensed.
Since there is no exact point to begin, I’ll start by saying this:
Hip-Hop shares a line of good and evil, for the culture AND the community. Now when I say ‘culture’, and ‘community’, I mean black people. Dassit.
Don’t get me wrong, white people such as (Rick Rubin, Eminem, etc.) and others, have made a huge impact in our genre…
But again, it is OUR genre. Hip Hop is the basis for BLACK American culture. Do white people have an opinion? Of course they do.
But does it hold the same weight as someone who is black? No.
Think about that as I continue with what will offend a lot of people, especially those who are not Black American. I am sorry for this. But back to the point.
Does Hip-Hop do more good than bad, in the African American community? That has always been the question – whether people speak on it or not.
Hip-Hop originated in the early 1970’s as most of you should know (but I highly doubt it) by a man named Clive Campbell, or more eloquently known as DJ Kool Herc. He was the first to create the sound that resonates throughout Hip-Hop. Whether you like Trap Rap, or Conscious Flows; Kool Herc created the blueprint. Herc’s music was made for people to dance to. He just wanted to get the disco poppin’; So for people call Soulja Boy trash, it’s like a direct insult to the birth of Hip Hop. My location on nigga, pull up.
But furthermore, DJ Kool Herc wanted to give people something to express themselves with – which birthed from DJ-ing and B-Boying (or break-dancing) as some like to refer to it. So with a single stroke, Campbell created 2 facets of Hip-Hop. Though not thoroughly as recognized as they should be today, this was the foundation. A few years later, two more pioneers burst on to the scene. Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash.
These niggas still making dance music. (Yes, Soulja boy is a G.O.A.T). So fast Forward just a little bit more, and you have the SugarHill Gang putting out, in my opinion, the first Rap song ever, “Rapper’s Delight”. (if you didn’t know this, kill yourself).
By this time, Hip-Hop had exploded. Our culture had created one of the few genres of music that actually originated in the U.S.
So here is where my conspiracy actually begins….
Although I wasn’t alive yet, little kids like me, (black in America), started seeing people of their skin color all over the magazines and the T.V. networks. We were becoming a force to reckon with. Unknowing at that point in time (the 1980s), that this new genre would actually be the face of a white nation (U.S.A.) as it is today (2016).
We were making strides in relevancy, and taking over Pop Culture.
Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC, Eric B. and Rakim, LL Smooth J (that’s what my creepy ass auntie calls him), Salt N’ Pepa, The Fat Boys, Kidd N’ Play, Big Daddy Kane. These Hip-Hop pioneers were causing rifts. And a certain group of “people” couldn’t stand it. I won’t say white people – because I am no bigot or racist; but I call a bitch, a bitch.
Things did not look well (for those “people”), and they sure as hell did not get any better when groups like N.W.A. (Niggas With Attitude) and Public Enemy stepped on to the scene. I do not want to call those “people” oppressors, so I’ll refer to them as “Pabu’s” or “People Against Black Uprising”.
I’ll start with the biggest clash as we were uprising – because
they just made a movie about it, and y’all know what Straight Outta Compton signified, because you most likely saw it. NWA’s uprising may have been one of the most significant points in Hip-Hop history. We, as niggas or thugs -as they like to so eloquently call us, were making the loudest statement since The Civil Rights Movement.
“FUCK THE POLICE, COMIN’ STRAIGHT FROM THE UNDERGROUND. A YOUNG NIGGA GOT IT BAD CAUSE I’M BROWN!” –
I know when you read that, you yelled it, because how could you not?
And this – if you’re still following me – is where shit literally hit the fan.
We were heard.
The F.B.I. wrote this small group of young black musicians from Compton, a letter about their “displeasure” with the track. Nigga, the FBI. THE Federal Bureau of Investigation.
THIS is when PABU’s knew our whisper, was becoming a roar. Gangsta Hip-Hop had taken over. We were being un-apologetically black. Some see it as ignorance; I see it as necessary rebellion. See, rebellion is not a bad thing…
How do you think America gained its independence?
We had dudes like Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., 2 Live Crew, and many others making waves in every community across the nation. Everybody wanted to be like us. But y’all know the saying… “Everybody wanna be a nigga, but don’t nobody wanna be a nigga”. In this crucial time between the mid-80’s and late-90’s, we received a large dose of just how powerful Hip-Hop had become.
It was becoming an epidemic. Was our boisterous voice, and new face of the country becoming a death sentence for young black men?
Gangsta rap had the world on alert. Though we were making strides in the mainstream, our communities were literally on fire. It seemed as if the music convinced black males that they should hate each other.
(Click the lyric to view the Rap Genius annotation)
“First off, fuck your bitch and the clique you claim” (2Pac – Hit ‘Em Up)
“What’s beef? Beef is when you need 2 Gats to go to sleep. Beef is when your moms ain’t safe up in the streets. Beef is when I see you, guaranteed to be in ICU.” (The Notorious B.I.G. – What’s Beef?)
And we couldn’t refute the facts. Though we love it, we had to come to grips with the fact that Hip-Hop promoted hate. My heart hurts, because as much as I love to rap along; it was rotting the minds of the youth who took the lyrics more serious than others.Hip-Hop ruined lives. But here is where I enter a curve…
Did PABU’s take our vocal leaders, or did we?
Tupac grew into the role as one of the most significant voices of his era.
But who took him away from us? The music that made him, or the people afraid of what we could become – as he matured in his late, but short, career?
I’m leaving these open ended questions, because I encourage you to think about it.
Did Hip-Hop kill this man?
If you answered yes, then Hip-Hop took the lives of thousands of black teens, and still is – even to this day.
If you answered no, then there’s a bigger conspiracy here than even I could imagine.
Is Hip-Hop dumbed down today because (they) want us to keep killing each other by making these “trap” rappers mainstream?
Why is rap that display’s messages of hope and uprising in our community getting less radio play?
Why does everyone want to be a nigga, but nobody wants to be a nigga?
Has Hip-Hop done more bad than good?
I want you to answer for yourself…. Like I said, this theory was highly, highly condensed. This isn’t even one whole percent of my theory, but I wanted to drop some knowledge, and the perspective of a young black man.
If you want a book that is really going to open your mind to some interesting history of Hip-Hop; grab a copy of Professor Griff’s book, “The Psychological Covert War on Hip-Hop”. (link).
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