Navigating through my thoughts is always an interesting endeavor. I weed through the bad and sad thoughts experiencing each emotion. It makes me feel human. The heavy heart. Trying to breath deeply to relieve the weight. The teary eyes. Trying to blink my fears away. The waves of body heat that consume me as if my blood carried an electrical current at the surge of every emotional thought brought on my heart, my life source, the Mecca of my being, the drumbeat that fills my head when I start to think too much. But in the end my thoughts bring me comfort. My reflections bring me insight. And this all turns into beautiful poetry. I am my poetry and I’m born again with each completed lyric, with each reconciled mistake. Through poetry I am redeemed!
If you are no longer attached to your ego existence, but see the ego existence as a function of a larger, eternal totality, and you favor the larger against the smaller, then you won’t be afraid of those two figures (fear and desire cherubim), and you will go through. We’re kept out of the Garden by our own fear and desire in relation to what we think to be the goods of our life.
Hip-hop is a necessary representation of a big part of black culture. However, that must be juxtaposed against the various other perspectives of black culture to really get a full representation for what the Black American represents. We’re not just rap quoting, saggy pants wearing, weed smoking, women bashers with poor grammar. Black culture is evolving to mean so much more and hip-hop remains to be the voice of the black youth.
Consequently we see the misinterpretation of hip-hop as more than an art form. The images perpetuated by hip-hop culture have become role models instead of art. Now we have our youth being raised under the pretenses that drug dealing is an acceptable hustle that’ll get you status, or having multiple women means your The Man, and carrying unlicensed guns earns you respect. But we have to learn not to absolutize hip-hop as meaning one thing, because hip-hop is relative to each individual that identifies with it.
So, if we could use hip-hop as more than the voice of the ghetto gang banger, or the disrespectful womanizer, or the dedicated drug dealer then we could represent our culture more accurately. Hip-hop isn’t just for the hoods, and the black youth are grasping that concept! Hip-hop is lyricism, hip-hop is emotional, hip-hop is good for the soul!! Art is a mirror image of society, taking into account all angles. So let hip-hop be a complete art form and represent all angles of the youth that identify with it, because hip-hop is for everyone!
The black woman is demanding a new set of female definitions and a recognition of herself of a citizen, companion and confidant, not a matriarchal villian or a step stool baby-maker. Role integration advocates the complementary recognition of man and woman, not the competitive recognition of same.
The fact that Miley Cyrus is twerking with Juicy J on the track and has Mike Will producing her singles is a reflection of the strides hip-hop has made in popular culture. Miley Cyrus’s Movement seems to be less about hype beasts and more about bridging the gap covertly between cultural disparity in this nation and more overtly a true acceptance and appreciation of the cultural diversity this nation is characterized with. Pharell said it best, Miley is a byproduct of America!!
We all walk around with divinity lying dormant in our souls, but only a few of us tap into it and fulfill divine purpose. So do we create a world where we perpetuate the bottom feeder as a necessity to the success of this society? Or can we reach spiritual maturity to the point where we all seek divine purpose and apply it? I would like to think it is possible.