What is Hip Hop?
A Voice. An experience. A witness to the human experience.
social emotional intelligence
compassion vocie grace
youth urban experience
authentic protection of hip hop
stigmatized drugs cans violence blocks
not for money but communication and experience
understand evolution, don't commercialize but allow to evolve
organic original raw
for everyone affluent poor white black
has its own problems not perfect
isn't all on media is down low
Black & brown tradition w human based universal ideas
intersections w other issues
Born out of cultural struggle in the Bronx, NY during the 1970's, hip hop represents today's iteration of the historical Black and Brown legacy entrenched within American society. Despite being comprised of five fundamental elements, deejaying, emceeing, breaking, graffiti, and knowledge, hip hop culture has evolved throughout time to center the ever-changing issues of our culture.
In today's world, hip hop is commercially and culturally personified as destructive, vulgar, and impure. Often associated with crime, materialism, and patriarchal norms, the media depicts hip hop in a selective light, ignoring the broader social context of its culture and the countless individuals and communities who use it as an innovative vehicle for change. Overt racial stigmas and violent systemic racism have further contributed to hip hop culture's
bad reputation In reality, however, hip hop has the ability to transcend barriers and become an engine for self-expression, education, emotional intelligence, civic engagement, social justice, healing, community, and love.