Breaking down the socio-economic factors that contributed to the formation of Hip Hop and into a culture whose foundation was such. So what about today? Does the music we hear today have that same kind of plight? Is it okay for Iggy to win the Hip Hop Album of the Year? Is it lyrically based, is it album sales based or is it culture based? Or does that matter to the masses or just the "backpackers"? Depending on your knowledge of the culture of Hip Hop, and your relation to it, are where your views land.
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Now TI has responded on behalf and in defense of Iggy noting that some white artists merely wish to contribute to Hip Hop rather than infiltrate it and steal from it. In my eyes, TI kind of missed the point of what Q-Tip was saying. Do your art, but remember that your art has a voice and its roots are deep within a culture steadfast built on creativity, strength, hope and determination.
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But this is just one woman in Hip Hop's opinion. I truly believe that the voice...the rhythmic vibrations...they have power and authority in the world, and our whole culture was based upon that premise. So ANY artist who delves into this particular genre should understand that as core and key. It was a chance to be free, to express the soul, and evoke those emotions as well. Black, white, woman, man....I don't really care who you are...
your WORDs determine OUTCOME...your WORDs have POWER....your WORDs CREATE.....
What Are YOUR WORDs Doing?