KRS One: Hip-Hop Documentary

KRS One documentary explored Hip Hop in a deeper sense. Allowing the audience to grasp a better understanding of . what Hip- Hop is and how the community embodies it. When the question of “What is Hip-Hop?”, KRS responded by saying “I am Hip-Hop.” So simple yet so profound to answer that question in such a way. Once KRS broke down what Hip-Hop is, it made sense as to why. Hip-Hop is related to ones consciousness and awareness socially and politically. Consciousness is the state of being awake or aware of their surroundings. Awareness is the knowledge of perception of a situation or fact. The underlying messages that are within the music have deep messages that many may not realize. Considering who created Hip- Hop and where it came from the everyday messages that were sent in these songs were related to oppression and discrimination. When we look at today’s music, the messages are blurred. Mainstream artists today search for fame and greatness even if that means to produce meaningless music. Although, there are still some conscious rappers who promote life lessons and traits for the youth to live off of to enforce change for the next generations to come. The youth today does not have the same influential music like the last generation did. Drugs, sex, and violence is promoted versus success, finances and internal motivation. Unfortunately, it seems as if they lost sight of the importance of Hip-Hop and what it is supposed to do for the black community specifically. Hopefully, the direction in which Hip-Hop is going will shift towards a more positive direction.

What it means to be Hip-Hop means to be deeply connected to the culture. Everything that one does should be in some way, shape or form should portray elements of Hip-Hip. Once one has mastered that, they are a Hip-Hop scholar. Hip-Hop scholars dictate the route in which Hip-Hop takes and what it consists of exactly. For instance, those who became the face of Hip-Hop today are shifting what Hip-Hop once was. This can be for the better or for the worst depending on ones understanding and perspective on what Hip-Hop should be.

When talking about education, it does not really push for the same traits for one to internalize like Hip-Hop does. Those who are in Hip-Hop such as KRS one, understands that education is not stimulating for the brain as some try to make it seem. Education today promoted memorization of what is given to them. It is a transferring system from the teachers to the students. Hip-Hop is about creativity, consciousness and evolution. If creativity was incorporated in the school districts curriculum the youth would be much better off.

Diversity in Hip-Hop is definite. Hip-Hop is within everyone regardless or race, gender, creed, religion etc. Hip-Hop can reach everyone. For some its more personal but nonetheless, it still lives. KRS broke this down in a way to understand Hip-Hop and its influence as well as how individuals impact Hip-Hop as well.  Hip-Hop is everywhere and will forever be.

Tara Miller

Tara Miller

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