Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wisdom Wednesday... #theLupeEffect

Freedom of expression, Freedom of Speech and Free at Last; with the success of Hip Hop, has the music industry let go of moral values?

Hip Hop fans today are hearing a list of references, metaphors and stereotypes; that's a direct connect to street culture, found deep within inner city life. Recently the music industry seems to have made a mistake. They have allowed a rapper, to express and deliver a message with moral value.

#BitchBad, the latest release by Lupe Fiasco. This composition is testing Hip Hop's morality and current paradigm of adult content. His observation analyzes today's context of lyrics and images (Not the whole Hip Hop community in general).

Lupe describes the relationship between a person's favorite jam and how the listener cognitively perceives a message from its sender. Especially pre-teen listeners within early developmental stages of deciphering - concept and context.

For years, we have been justifying the intent of street content. Saying a rapper is only an urban reporter, and his/her music reflects society's social ills and cause. Here are some reported platinum examples...
  • Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" addressing a people's struggle through racism
  • NWA with "F*@! Tha Police", awareness around inner city police brutality
  • BDP's collective support of "Self Destruction" a movement against senseless violence
  • So what is Hip Hop's cause today?
Let's cross connect to a recent loss in Hip Hop, the death of Chris Lighty (Rest In Peace, Souljah!). Russell Simmons recently wrote a, "A Prayer of Comfort for Chris Lighty & An Appeal to the Music Industry."

In his Global Grind blog-ver-sa-tion. He highlights Chris Lighty's character, his love for Hip Hop's culture, community and the relevant advice that groomed many. Russell says...
"Truth is, we don't live in a post-racial society. Black kids from black neighborhoods usually polluted with poverty and violence need mentors like Chris Lighty to navigate through the rough waters. Without a Chris in their lives, they can and often do self-destruct. So now that Chris isn't here to be one of the leading guides of this generation, I ask the record companies to step up in his honor. Make an effort; don't exploit your artists’ talent. Nurture it. Chris was a shining example of playing the game, while always keeping it real. Make it your business to nurture more Chris Lightys so that they can save more lives. In the end they will make music live longer and yes, you will make more money." Russell Simmons, Global Grind 

Another recent re-iteration is, Snoop Dog to Snoop Lion. It is becoming obvious, social change is inevitable. Rappers, Executives and the People are all asking for Forward Change!

#TheLupeEffect, is a term we're using to coin a much needed paradigm shift in Hip Hop Music. #BitchBad, the observation of psychological behavior and music, but also it's asking where's our...
  • Creative Intelligence for music
  • Social Conscious for Identity
  • Respect!
There are new voices sharing these qualities and more. Utilizing their expressive set of skills, interests and values for party rocking, awareness and King of the Hill status. I Think BDP said it then...."Do not walk this path they laid" D-Nice, Stop the Violence Movement

Wisdom Wednesday are reminders for social conversations - the sharing of honest opinions and wise ideals. All of us have a value worth sharing; it may motivate another to stop, continue and/or begin a certain process in our personal growth or social development.
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  1. Bismillah...As my tears roll and I fight to muffle my joyful cries, I'm beyond grateful an industry I've come to despise, which has been hiding behind an artistic disguise, is finally under the light of watchful eyes for playing a major roll in the destruction of the innocent lives of our youths minds...may #TheLupeEffect be the paradigm shift that forces the forward change owed to those placed in our care & may NUTURE become the new and sustainable reflection of H.I.P. H.O.P...Harmonious Inspirational Productions Harvests Optimal Productivity...may GOD who has no partners sons or daughters be pleased...ameen

    1. Thank you Anonymous for your rhyming supplication for Hip Hop #createavoice

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  3. Bitch Bad - Woman Good - Lady Betta - THEY MISUNDERSTOOD!!!!!


    Unfortunately, I think the song went over the heads and minds of many :/ But, I agree with you- the time has come for a revolution in hip hop. Quadir Lateef- youtube him. This brotha is totally off the hook