it gave a voice to the voiceless
power to the powerless
a forum to the frustrated youth
a way out
we should be concerned with how we portray ourselves in this genre because we are under constant surveillance and scrutiny
in the past, hip hop album covers have shown tribute to great musicians (as in this cover that pays direct tribute to marvin gaye's "i want you"):
new age philosophies as in Sach "5th Ave"
political strength and an uprising of a counter culture:
humor and parody:
tribute to fallen political leaders:
fantasy and entertainment:
artisitc leanings stemming from jazz culture:
subtlety in knowing that you're the bomb:
when i work in the hip hop section today i feel troubled, bombarded with violent fantasies and a loss of dignity, keep your fantasy, play your role, create your alter ego's, just remember, people look at you for truth, hip-hop is the only music where what you say is taken as gospel and how you show yourself has a direct effect on the youth and the old...
whether you support it or not, demeaning yourself gets into people's heads and they will soon follow your example
like i said, keep the music and the culture and most of all