HIP HOP HATIN' THAT HATE PRODUCED by Minister Paul Scott This year has seen the resurgence of the Hip Hop Wars with the much-heralded Jay Z vs. Nas, KRS vs. Nelly, Dre vs JD; etc. While some of the rhetoric com ing from artists such as Nas and KRS may seem revolutionary to 16 year old kids, if the dialogue is not put in the context of the struggle for the survival of Afrikan people, it quickly becomes counterrevolutionary. The fight that the more conscious rappers must rage is to put Black consciousness back into Hip Hop and not allow these so called Hip Hop Wars to divert attention away from the real issues facing, not only the Hip Hop Generation but Afrikan people, in general. In post 9/11 America, where the issues that are exclusive to the Black community have all but been forgotten by the so called mainstream, Hip Hop must play a major role in shoving these issues in America's face. We must also hold our brothers and sisters in the rap game accountable for their actions. Yeshua (misnamed Jesus) once said he who is without sin, cast the first stone. This can be applied to Hip Hop, as all have come up short when their ways and actions are weighed against that historical struggle for Black Liberation. So, it seems somewhat hypocritical for a rapper who has never owned up to the contradictions in his own music to point fingers at another rapper whom he considers less conscious than himself. The message that this is sending to the young brothas and sistas is also problematic as they will see the insanity of disunity among Afrikan people as not only normal but as a cause for celebration and admiration. This will later manifest itself into them developing the same intense hatred and mistrust of other Black folks from which many of us are suffering. Malcolm X once pointed out that the media is so powerful in its image making role that it can make your enemy seem like your friend and your friend seem like your enemy; so it is in Hip Hop. What we are fighting for is the survival of Afrikan people; not lyrics; not respect for Hip Hop; not even which Hip Hop radio station is the best. If we are not clear on this, we will be forever running around in a circle, like a dog chasing its tail and wondering why with all the talking, Black folks are still living in such hellish conditions. Despite the strategic placement of Black faces in high places within the entertainment industry, it is the white owned corporate giants that control the media images that our children see and ultimately it is white businessmen who reap the profits from the Hip Hop Wars (whether the artists themselves survive them or not). So history repeats itself; the slave s fight each other while the slave master laughs all the way to the bank. Minister Paul Scott is founder of the Durham NC based New Righteous Movement and has recently launched the National Hip Hop Reformation Campaign. For more information contact: operationmedia@ yahoo.com
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