Not sure how many of us are aware that November is "Hip Hop History Month". Here in Atlanta, on November 1st, there was a panel discussion (and concert that followed) called “Meeting of the Minds” that opened the month us with a broad discussion about many things including inter-personal relationships, works we do in the hood to save our people, health and nutrition, etc, that can all be correlated with the elements of hip hop. There were a few hip hop heads on the panel - stic.man of dead prez, staHHr the femcee, Dr. taj anwar of Crew Love and MOBB, and more. One stand-out member of the panel was Minister Server who is a Hip Hop Life Coach" and (as his website states - http://www.hiphopministries.org/Splash_Screen.html) has spent "5 years dedicated to the development, growth and preservation of HipHop culture", he is KRS-ONE’s spiritual advisor, and heads the Temple of Hip Hop. One thing that Minister Server reminded us of at the discussion was that Hip Hop is not just about music, IT IS A CULTURE, a way of life that includes the elements of “Breakin, Emceein, Graffiti Art, DeeJayin, Beatboxin, Street Fashion, Street Language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism.”
I, like many in my age range, came up during Hip Hop’s “golden era” when – aside from NWA and 2 Live Crew – the only rap you heard was either conscious or fun lovin’. Times have changed, BUT we don’t have to change for the worst with them and neither do our listening habits. Minister Server’s build below is about “RENUNCIATION” – an act or instance of relinquishing, abandoning, repudiating or sacrificing something. In the Nation of Gods and Earths we study the Supreme Mathematics – a set of core principles that, when applied, help one to lead a righteous, purpose driven life. Within the math are the principles ‘build’ and ‘destroy’. We have to build ourselves up while simultaneously destroying the mis-teachings, misgivings, negative thoughts and behavioral patterns that have kept down, kept us from acknowledging and achieving our greatness – as individuals and, most importantly, as a people.
Although times have changed, and hip hop has changed with it, there are some great acts making edutaining, powerful, uplifting music. Some of the hip hop music I listen to that helps me to meditate, “renounce”, and “relax, relate, release” negative thoughts, ways and behavior is Lupe Fiasco, M.I.A., RXC - Classic 1824, staHHr, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, dead prez, A-Alikes, Jedi Mind Tricks, The Coup, Murs, Common, Little Brother, Immortal Technique, Wise Intelligent, Lord Jamar, The Roots and more.
Anyway, here’s a little something that may help you “breathe and stop”, “be stilled” and at peace…
Eboni Joy Asiatic
NOVEMBER 2008 "FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT"©