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Afrika Bambaata explaination of hiphop..  Reply with quote  

BAMBAATAA EXPLAINS THE MEANING OF HIP HOP
by - Afrika Bambaataa

The Universal Zulu Nation calls on the World to recognize the whole
month of November as HIP HOP HISTORY MONTH! The official birthday of
the Universal Zulu Nation is November 12, 1973. The official birthday
of Hip Hop is November 12th, 1974.

With consideration to the above mentioned dates, nothing makes more
sense than to celebrate Hip Hop culture and it's history during
November, which is exactly what the Universal Zulu Nation has been
doing for over 27 + years. November is also significant in the fact
that it kicks off the "indoor jam season". The Hip Hop community
jams, enjoyed outdoors in the parks, throughout the Summer, had to
move indoors for about 7 months to community centers, gymnasiums,
schools etc. for the Fall and Winter seasons. The Hip Hop World
should recognize this month and pay tribute to those who laid the
foundation and paved the way as well as to those who continue to
preserve the rich tradition of the culture.

In the early years of the culture, the movement went untitled until
Afrika Bambaataa, started calling it "Hip Hop", a term originated by
Lovebug Starski. In the 70's, ten years prior to it's gaining global
recognition, Hip Hop was a celebration of life gradually developing
each of it's elements to form a cultural movement. Due to it's
energy, dynamics, and momentum, Hip Hop culture has become,
ultimately, a key to upliftment and reformation, as well as a
billion-dollar industry.

From the 80's on, the Rap industry and media have helped to make the
terms "Hip Hop" and "Rap" synonymous, leaving out the other elements
included in the culture. In light of this enormous oversight, the
Zulu Nation promotes the "5th element" of Hip Hop, which is KNOWLEDGE,
and actively tries to educate the masses about the history and
foundational elements of true Hip Hop culture.

Bambaataa declared: "When we made Hip Hop, we made it hoping it would
be about peace, love, unity and having fun so that people could get
away from the negativity that was plaguing our streets (gang violence,
drug abuse, self hate, violence among those of African and Latino
descent). Even though this negativity still happens here and there,
as the culture progresses, we play a big role in conflict resolution
and enforcing positivity."

Hip Hop is the Vehicle to Deliver Innumerable Lessons! Afrika
Bambaataa doesn't believe that Hip Hop heads should just have
knowledge of Hip Hop. He promotes and proves that Hip Hop can be used
as a vehicle for teaching awareness, knowledge, wisdom, understanding,
freedom, justice, equality, peace, unity, love, respect,
responsibility and recreation, overcoming challenges, economics,
mathematics. science, life, truth, facts and faith.

The Elements:

Hip Hop culture is defined as a movement which is expressed through
various artistic mediums which we call "elements". The main elements
are known as MC'ing (Rapping), DJ'ing, WRITING (Aerosol Art), SEVERAL
DANCE FORMS (which include Breaking, Up-Rocking, Popping, and Locking)
and the element which holds the rest together: KNOWLEDGE. There are
also other elements such as Vocal Percussion/Beat Boxing, Fashion,
etc. Within the past 20 years, Hip-Hop culture has greatly influenced
the entertainment world with its creative contributions in music,
dance, art, poetry, and fashion.

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 blunts, drinking 40's, wearing a designer label
plastered across their chest, carrying a gun, or going to strip clubs,
are "Hip Hop". Hip Hop is being portrayed negatively by many artists
who work in the element of Rap (emceeing), and this negativity is
usually instigated and promoted by the record industry and various
other corporations who exploit the culture at the expense of the
youth's state of mind and morality. The Universal Zulu Nation
believes there is a difference in speaking out about negativity
(activism) and promoting it as a desirable lifestyle. Gangsters,
pimps, playas, hustlers, niggers, spics, and many other derogatory
words once used against us are now self employed in our everyday
vocabulary. Our ancestors who have fought and died trying to free us
from these sicknesses and slave mentality are probably turning over in
their graves! Bambaataa asks you to just think about this, "How in
the hell did we turn from gods to dogs?"

Afrika Bambaataa encourages you to do more research about our story,
his/her-story, and what you think is your mystery is actually your
history. Where are our Hip Hop thinkers, lawyers, holistic doctors,
scientists, agriculturalists/herbalists, revolutionaries, politicians,
judges, researchers, teachers, police, army, accountants,
anthropologists, etc. Where is our own Hip Hop Museum? Many talk the
talk but don't walk the walk. Many straight out sell-out to the
liberation of our people as well as to all humans on the planet so
called Earth! He also encourages you to do research on any Hip Hop
organization that deals with consciousness and the upliftment of all
people. To all those who purposely make up your own history and lie
about the culture- DO YOUR RESEARCH!

You can contact the Universal Zulu Nation at their main website
http://www.zulunation.com/ and to explore links to other Zulu chapters
and websites.

Thank you in advance for forwarding this announcement to everyone you
know!

Peace and Blessings Afrika Bambaataa & the entire Universal Zulu
Nation.

As we say in Zulu - respect the many universes and especially mother
earth - cause if you don't she will spit your asses out!
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Dee



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Amen.
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right??

I better not have to ever work on November 12th. If I do, I'm not comin in.
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That was dope.
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did any one grab krs ones latest
the mix tape

besides being dope it has a krs speach at the end about hip hop month.
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amano wrote:
In the early years of the culture, the movement went untitled until
Afrika Bambaataa, started calling it "Hip Hop", a term originated by
Lovebug Starski.

I had no idea who coined the term, that guy has a funny name.
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Dope essay to, when did he write it?
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I'd like to go on record as saying that this essay is shit-sucking.
Post Wed Sep 04, 2002 1:15 pm
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yeah but, no one asked you. Go back to bed.
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amano wrote:
yeah but, no one asked you. Go back to bed.


Okay, Hitler.
Post Wed Sep 04, 2002 1:51 pm
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hahaha
Post Wed Sep 04, 2002 2:04 pm
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That essay was dope, donno what you're talkin bout.
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I always thought the 5th element was heart, not knowledge, I guess I just confused hiphop with captian planet and the planeteers
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LOL.


1st element of hip hop is Earth, second is Wind, third is Water.
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It sounds like a speech to a shareholders' meeting. I don't really like it.
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