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Step Your Game Up

BrotherWord - Hip Hop

Take them rhymes back to the factory,
I see,
The gimmicks…the wack lyrics,
The —- is depressing…pathetic…please forget it,

~ Notorious B.I.G. – Flava In Your ear (Remix)

Music as a whole is just not what it used to be and rap has declined.  Hip Hop is 40 years strong and as bountiful as the genre may be, it is lacking in substance.  I vividly recall the days when a party anthem, conscious provoking, and declaration to arms were all songs synonymous with rap and hip hop.  When a street symphony and thought inspiring melody bridged the gaps and broke down walls.  From the early pioneers, Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Kool Herc, to revolutionaries such as KRS One and Boogie Down Productions, N.W.A., and Public Enemy, to wordsmiths extraordinaire, Rakim, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap, Notorious B.I.G., to coastal sensations, Death Row on the west, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and the Lunatics in the midwest, Suave House, Rap-a-Lot, No Limit, and Cash Money in the south, to martyrs and activists the likes of Common Sense, Tupac, Talib Kweli, David Banner, Rhymefest, to business moguls Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, and Jay-Z, trendsetters like Outkast and Kanye West, not to mention a plethora of fem fatales like Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and the Brat, just to name a few, hip hop has been a melting pot of originality and inspiration.  I am sad to say, much of that is lacking these days.

The aforementioned are a drop in the bucket of the countless artists that defined a movement and paved the way.  There is a glimmer of light though.  Not as often as before in what has become a cookie-cutter industry, a new voice, void of the assimilation and operating outside of the norm, arises with something fresh and yet, reminiscent of the glory years.  Introducing to most and reacquainting with some, I gladly present @PrinceEa.  His #MakeSMARTCool movement has spanned the country and as he continues to provoke thought by creating and nurturing a community of free-thinking individuals under the singular purpose of promoting the ideals of education, intelligence, unity, and creativity throughout the world, Prince Ea is carrying the torch well for his predecessors.  He is a voice of a new  generation and a hope for the often forgotten and lost art of hip hop.  Hip Hop is a culture that stemmed from people needing a voice to express their desire to no longer be oppressed, discriminated against, violated, or forgotten.  Hip Hop was and is the voice of the people… or at least that is what it is supposed to represent.  Prince Ea and others alike are reminding those that grew up with hip hop why we fell in love with it to begin with and shifting the culture and teaching a newer generation about all hip hop truly stands for, what it initially was intended to represent, and everything it can become.

Take a moment to watch this ingenious video.  It is hip hop at its essence – uplifting, captivating, inspiring, and packed with lyrical prowess.  Thank You @PrinceEa for reminding me and everyone why we love hip hop.


The Light

BrotherWord - The Light

There is something about how music and how it moves people.  Growing up in a house full of beautiful sounds blasting from the stereo, my appreciation for how music tames the savage beast, caresses the soul, and puts a pin in time holds forever marking the moment, is still true to this day.  An advent listener of all genres, I firmly believe good music is good music.  The message in the song can change minds and hearts and can make a difference where nothing else could and everything else failed.  It can put a baby to sleep, quiet a riot, dry tears or cause them to flow uncontrollably, or put a smile on your face like no other.

I am huge rap fan.  It is a genre I grew up on and admire and the art of words, wordplay, and metaphors still amazes me.  The genre has taken its hits and I’ll be the first to admit that it is watered down and does not make the impact it once did, but every now and then, there is a shining light that reminds me why I fell in love with it to begin with.  @Lecrae is one of those shining lights.  Where many get caught in him being a Christian rapper, they quickly learn he is a lyricist supreme!  Put him against any wordsmith and he is sure to hold his own, crush the competition, and leave the mic on fire!  More importantly, he remains true to himself and his purpose and calling.  Having the ear of the people is a huge responsibility and delivering a message that uplifts is not a simple task.  I appreciate that Lecrae uses his talent to push positivity and not continue to perpetuate the ills of society.

Take a few minutes to appreciate true hip hop brought back to the original essence and purest purpose – to uplift.  Ladies and gentleman, I introduce to some, and reacquaint with others, @Lecrae!  Be on the look out for the new album, Anomaly, dropping on September 9!

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