Wed. Dec 12th, 2018

Hip-Hop and Black August: A Brief History of Cultural Militancy

Journalist and historian DaveyD discusses the particular role played by hip-hop in radical traditions of Black liberation.

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  1. I found this to be very informative indeed about the culture of HIP-HOP and it’s connections to the conscious It was interesting to find so many were part of the building of it. For me I’m still finding that the music itself has such a rich history. But also the sadness with today’s culture of the music that so many have listened too. It’s influenced from fashion to knowing the history of the past and future.
    Once again,this part of the talk that I’ve just heard was exciting and interesting the culture is everything. And that is what we have to get back too. Too often we’ve lost that and those who are mentioned in this segment or either disappeared others still doing there thing in such a limited places. Hip-Hop of recent has been talked about and thought about. Specially with the revival of 1990’s era of Hip-Hop. And the continuing discussion of what is lacking in the music itself. From relevance of the times problems that exist,to the culture driven fashion that isn’t within the culture like the streets and those who were about the art. Of course they were a piece of art themselves. From the KICKS they were wearing to the hat’s,even the glasses etc…
    There seemed to be a conscious to the what was worn to what the artists was talking about. For instance talking about the Africa situation. Back in the 1980’s which I remember the SUN CITY song that was huge back in the day. There was this campaign to not perform because of the mistreatment of African people the strife of fighting against Apartheid though that time in the 1980’s America. The song that was released at the time was controversial song I don’t even think radio picked up on the song at the time. Business in those places that practice place where Apartheid were banned. Some musicians at the time refused to perform there because of the issues with Apartheid and it’s racist policies.
    Now the resemblance of Hip-Hop looks like something completely different yes, nothing stays the same and times do change. But this is about a lost today it’s something that is disconnecting from our real world that which isn’t so pretty at times. With his visibility of racial up rest in our America and the political system that is at war with ideology and those who are concerned of the future of our country. Hip-Hop is at a crossroads or something that is deeply not connecting to those who long for the those days of velocity of different prospective knowledge in the state that where in this time. A sense of something is happening out there and we need those voices to give there ideal of what we in and understand there are ways to bring us at where the HELL were at with this that’s left. An art form that is disappearing like those who had the spotlight but not the support of it’s other artists who came up behind those legendary HIP-HOP artist of it’s day. Yes you got to make a way for yourself to get notice,have the right people around to get the word out on your music. And with Social Media these days there are more and easier ways to get the word out. But here’s the problem,those who are heard are those who don’t add nothing to the culture. Now maybe the system doesn’t really care about who’s on top this week. It’s about the almighty dollar,but at what cost when some of the music doesn’t have a chance to be classics or even be part of some pieces of Hip-Hop that has entered if I’m not mistaken in the Library of Congress to the Hall of Fame. Even though there should be a museum of Hip-Hop build for historical so those who want know the connections to the struggle in the movement to the those who fought for the rights of the people throughout the 1960’s and the 1970’s and what gave to the 1980’s era of the beginning of Hip-Hop even though some will tell the the history of Hip-Hop began much earlier. It was something in within itself. This very interesting interview opened up a lot on what it was like even though I am still learning about it myself. By the speakers of the 1960’s that influenced those throughout the 20th century those voices of the past struggle and the movement influenced a lot.

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