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Saturday, November 11, 2006

THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIP HOP



The month of November marks the Anniversary of Hip Hop. The Anniversary hosts a positive Hip Hop community coming together from all walks of life to celebrate the true essence and excitement of what Hip Hop was meant to be.

Due to their lack of knowledge about the whole of Hip Hop culture, many of our world’s youth are mistaken in thinking that activities such as: smoking, drinking, wearing oversized designer label, bling bling plastered across their chest, grillz, gun carrying and getting shot nine times or whatever, or going to strip clubs, are “Hip Hop”. Hip Hop is being portrayed negatively by today’s artists who work in the element of Rap (emceeing), exploiting the culture at the expense of the youth’s state of mind and morality. The culture has become get rich stop trying.

Zulu Nation urges us to let Hip Hop be about Peace, Unity, Love, Having Fun, Positivism, Creativity, Tolerance, Respect, Party and Participating, Going Back to the Essence, Being Open Minded, and Devolution: Each One Teach One, consciousness and the up-liftment of all people.

This year, this month, all Hip Hoppers to work towards eliminating the negative stereotypes in Hip-Hop's public image and promote the elements of Hip-Hop culture so that we may all unite in the common spirit of the culture. Let’s guide Hip-hop Culture toward freedom from violence, and establishes advice and protection for the existence and development of the international Hip hop community.

Next year will mark ten years since the birth of local hip hop and it would be good for all hip hoppers to gather and pay tribute and respect to the legends of this culture to pay to our local equivalents of Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, NWA, Krs One, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Roxane Shante and Wu Tang like Hardstone, Kshaka, late Poxi Presha, KSouth, Mashifta, Mwafrika, Nazizi and others who have done local hip hop proud.

Lastly there is African Hip Hop Awards. The Awards are aimed at saluting Africans that have contributed to the establishment of Hip Hop culture in countries throughout Africa. This year they were held in South Africa on 27th of August. Coming year we should see as many Kenyans registering for the event if our Hip Hop is to get recognized by the world. The media should try and publicize such an event so that our artists can benefit just as they have been doing with MTV awards.

Meanwhile Anga Banga, Dandora Burning, Mwafrika Presents: The Muki Garang Mixtape, Shika DVD, Mashifta’s Classics album, Kenyan: The First Chapter, Nairobbery and Wenyeji’s DC, among others should take you to the roots, and to the basics of emceeing.

6 Comments:

  • Ati What?? O.k I must confess I know less about hiphop so It's Hiphop month ! Well thanks! Atleast am ahead now!!
    Thanks for hittin @ my spot!!

    By Blogger Klara, At 4:41 PM  

  • The return of the G.R.E.A.M.
    lets get ready to rumblllllllle! Ladies and gentlemen the world heavy weight champ of hiphop commentary.....
    I GIVE U:Supreme Gream [I always wanted to do fights yani b that emcee guy]
    Bana ulianguka shimo gani mzeia!!
    Lol @ "Get rich or stop tryin'"
    Indeed the month shul b honoured....lakini ppl like me with a dlapidated collection of hiphop lyk mine...wunt even let u in on it....well we can onli b aware...and attend WaPI...n hiphop nite if it still exists...does it??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 4:42 PM  

  • U hv the Anga Banga already? How much is it by the way?
    Hiphop month, whats happening around coz hv heard nada.
    Feel me in.

    By Blogger Unyc, At 12:43 PM  

  • There is an anniversary of hiphop this year hiphop celebrates 32 years of existence. It is being marked all over the world in countries like USA, Holland, Japan, South Africa. I havent heard of any activity in Nairobi. I have two probable reasons. One the entrtainment journalist have either decided to put a blanket over it or they simply dont know it exists. Second, most Kenyans (including an entertainment journalist with a a respected Media House who told Muki Garang that Vultures do Hip Hop ) have the belief that Prezzo, Nameless, Nonini, Vultures, Longombas, Mr Googz (sic!) and the clique are rappers. Next year God willing I can even take a one month unpaid leave and organise for a series of activities on Hip Hop.

    By Blogger ---Supreme-G.R.E.A.M---, At 2:51 PM  

  • That will be gr8! I know a few underground artistes that u cn work with.
    I'll help u out.

    By Blogger Unyc, At 9:56 AM  

  • heygreamz darling!maze i have to give mad props for a job well done.am a hiphop fanatic bt jst like kiara i didnt know its hiphop month!thanks to your blog and your articles on paper that keep us informed about hiphop.we need more selfless guys like you to keep the fire burning in the hiphop scene in Kenya.coz our dailies arent doing any good to for hiphop.
    black rose

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 11:36 AM  

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