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MCing 

An Emcee an oral griot and the conveyer of a message  MCing is the act of honestly vocalizing a story, one’s thoughts and/or opinions.  A true Hip Hop Emcee speaks his mind and true experiences - no one else’s unless when telling a story. His stories are funny, fun or to sound an alarm to the community on a destructive situation with the goal of providing or seeking a solution. He rhymes ''his way masterfully and original. He writes his OWN words- never allowing anyone to put words in his mouth. He “overstands’’ the power of words, therefore he uses them intelligently to build and uplift himself, his community and the society -  never in the detriment of.

DJing 

The word “DJ’ comes from the African Djembe drum. The DJing pillar is the act bring forth the "heart beat" of the community/society - the art of the drum.  The DJ creates music , using various tools, be it by scratching, digging for records for sampling or using his own body and mouth to produce realistic sounds that mimic just about every instrument known - this is called beat boxing.  A Hip Hop DJ is a creator of music - he may use tools such as 2 turntables and a microphone and mixer but never will he use a tool that actually creates the music for him or make it easy for him to do so.  A true Hip Hop DJ lives for the challenge of creating music by perfecting the skills needed  to bring it forth. 

 

Breakdancing/Dance B-Boy/B-Girl 

The art of using the human body to express one's self uniquely - pushing the limits as to what is possible in the physical world. Connecting with a beat and allowing that "beat" to move and take over their bodies to tell a story deep within their subconscious. Disbursing metaphysical energies  thru powerful rhythmic movements; all to reach a higher consciousness and being - The art of the dance. With KNOWLEDGE your body movements defy gravity. Your movements are spiritual, metaphysical, sacred geometric and Hip Hop.

Graffiti Art/Visual Artist 

The mastering or partaking in the unique art form known as Graffiti Art.  Like the Kings of Egypt and other advanced societies before them, Graffiti - the writing & drawing on walls to document one's culture, one's self or to tell a story has been around since the beginning of time. These artists are direct descendants of these cultures and instinctively followed suit. Hip Hop Graffiti are nothing short of a modern version of the same. The unique expression shared with all thru the use of this public visual art form. Painting, Drawing, Sculpting and Design if it done to uplifts and empower ... its Hip Hop.

 

                             KNOWLEDGE ... what make you Hip Hop 

 

 

Knowledge is the element that explains the difference between mainstream society and the Hip Hop community. It helps the people of Hip Hop learn about themselves and to embrace the differences of others. It teaches the community how to properly express themselves for the entire world to experience and benefit from. Knowledge can be seen in numerous ways. It explains the reason why folks who are in tune with Hip Hop can rhyme over any beat be the subject about political or social issues or a party. With Knowledge, a rapper can be put on the spot and ask them to rap about the health care reform, and he can educate you one the whole subject - masterfully.  But a rapper lacking Knowledge, well this person will most likely say one or two lines about health care and twenty lines about how great they can rap, who they are going to kill in their own community, brag about destroying his own by selling drugs and promoting criminal acts, lie about how rich he is, what clothes he wears, disrespect women and brag about lude sexual behaviors and desires.  Knowledge is the glue that holds the culture of Hip-Hop together and provides the blue print for clear definition and protocol. Without knowledge, a person who can rap will never be an emcee. A person who can mix records on a turntable can never be considered a DJ if he or she doesn't have knowledge. Tagging the walls without knowledge is just vandalism. Spinning on your head without possessing knowledge will only make you capable of getting dizzy or possibly break your neck - therefore it stands to reason that without knowledge whatever it is that you are doing not matter how wonderful ... it's not Hip Hop

 

           Knowledge BUILDS it is the LACK of Knowledge that DISTORTS and DESTROYS.

 

 

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DAN CALLOWAY
Founder of #IJHTMUT.
author historic researcher,
journalist, film editor
and producer
 - USA

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NORM CHOMSKY  
 American linguist, philosopher,
cognitive scientist, historian,
social critic, and
political activist 
- USA

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DR. VANDANA SHIVA
 Activist, scholar, environmentalist,
food sovereignty advocate,
ecofeminist
and anti-globalization
author.
 - Delhi

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MICHELLE OBSMA
 American attorney and author, served
FIRST LADY of the United States
from 2009 to 2017. 

                                        HIP HOP has its roots in Khemit/Africa    

         The 5 Elements of Hip Hop -  MCing, DJing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and KNOWLEDGE 

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KING RANDALL 
 Founder of the "X" for Boys
organization in Albany, Ga 
 - USA 

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DAVID GATHU &
MOSES KINYUA 

 Invented world's First
bio-robotic arm controlled
by brain signals. Built from trash
dumped in their country
 - Kenya

One must remember RAP, TRAP and GANGSTER music was created after Hip Hop therefore it can't be Hip Hop but rather a part or a spin-off of Hip Hop.     

 Do I have a problem with these inclusions?  Absolutely not, however what I do have a problem with is the purposeful lack of

                                                     BALANCE, the REDEFINITION and EXCLUSION of original HIP HOP music and culture.                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                              - William Mckeown, VP of The Consortium of Hip Hop

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