Warning: Explicit Content: Only for Hiphop and Reggae fans
Do your favorite singers/rappers encourage you to read and expand your mind, understand the current socioeconomic issues that are affecting you? if not then you better find another who does.
As role your role models/idols, these singers/rappers have the power and ability to influence your lifestyle and development, some of you may not realize it. Your taste in fashion, your lingo, how you think and behave, etc. They will influence you without your own knowledge, subliminally.
But once on a while, you have to turn off your headphones and ask yourself, are they a good influence to me?
I love Reggae and hiphop, hiphop to most people is just bullshit music. That is because you’re listening to the wrong type of hiphop music. I listen to rappers like Nas, Immortal Technique, KRS ONE, 2pac, etc. They tell their fans to read, empower themselves, elevate their minds and spark creativity. There is a message in their songs while these new rappers, I don’t even know what I’m listening to.
One of the legendary rappers I love is KRS ONE. KRS ONE stands for (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone), he once said “Hiphop has the ability to corrupt minds, it also has the ability uplift them”.
See the power of hiphop?
Hiphop can corrupt your mind through the messages in the songs, songs that advocate the use of drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. While it can also uplift you through songs about empowerment and such which will be highlighted below.
Rapper Immortal Technique is one of my favorites, you’ll see my quoting him a lot, he’s one of the most underrated rappers of all time, he speaks knowledge in most of his songs. I like his music because most of his lyrics address political and social issues. You can tell his lyrics are the results of in-depth study and research into issues before putting out records and the sad thing about him is that his music is grounded forever in the underground rap scene because most people don’t want to listen to enlightening hiphop, they want to listen to Gucci Gucci Gucci Gang and Skrrrtt Skkrrtt Pew Pew and all those non-sense on the mainstream. New school rappers which I’ve found their music to be interesting are J-Cole, Joyner Lucas and Locksmith
Their vocabulary is wide and varies unlike other rappers, especially the mumble ones who seem to repeat the same line for an entire verse.
One of the most important elements of Hiphop that has never been put into perspective is KNOWLEDGE which most rappers of today lack.
Rappers like 2pac spit pure knowledge in all their songs, listen to NAS from his album Illmatic, Listen to Biggie and Ice Cube and all them old school rappers.
2pac’s songs addressed contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality and Police Brutality including N.W.A in their song “F xx tha Police”
Like Reggae, hiphop came from the bottom of the society, addressing issues like racism, class apartheid, social issues, political issues, etc.
Reggae artist and Bob Marley’s son, Damian Marley said “Hip-hop and Reggae come from the same community as far as class: they both come from the bottom of society!”
Reggae and hiphop came from the same roots that branched out.
We got reggae legends like Bob Marley and Lucky Dube, Dube who spoke out against Apartheid, Racial Discrimination and segregation. Bob Marley talked about Freedom from Mental Slavery, discrimination, decolonization, re-education, etc.
Their music addressed social and political issues that affected them during their time, which are still present today. Their songs were songs of hope, songs to uplift their people in times of crisis, songs of unity, songs that called for the abolition of colonial influences/power/systems in the black nations, they were REBELS. 2pac was a rebel, Thug Life ya
Remember Dube’s song “No Truth in the World”, there is no truth in the world today, no wonder why we got so many conspiracy theories and coming up with our own conclusions on a certain topic because the people who created the problem do not want to tell the truth. Scientists, politicians, pastors, everyone is fucking tell lies.
Lucky Dube at one of his concerts said these words, “Reggae music is a music with a message”, so if the music you listen to has no message in it, stop fucking listening to it!
Immortal Technique in his song Industrial Revolution said “So if your message ain’t shit, fuck the records you sold, Cuz if you go platinum, it’s got nothing to do with luck, It just means that a million people are stupid as fuck”
One of Lucy Dube’s lyrics went like this “Racial Discrimination, Tribal Discrimination”. Dube didn’t address just racial discrimination, he also addressed “Tribal Discrimination”, that is ethnic discrimination.
See how we’re discriminating against our own people? Understand that shit!
Remember Bob Marley’s lyrics in the song Buffalo Soldier, he says “When I analyze these things”, that tells you he was critical thinker, unlike some of these musicians who write non-sense and sing non-sense
Marley in his song The Redemption Song says “Emancipate yourself from Mental Slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind” self education people, self education. Marley was preaching about the importance of self-education decades ago.
In PNG hiphop and Reggae scene, there are few who I have found their music appealing to the ears. Reggae artists like Anslom among others.
Shout out also to my homeboy, K Jr Kaze who spits knowledge on his tracks.
One of Kaze’s lines which is my favorite is “Destroy your culture and make you more submissive
And impose Religion, to teach you forgiveness, so you will look past the Oppression you witness”.
Yeah my homie, a Rigo Melo said that shit!
As far as Reggae and Hiphop is concerned, this isn’t just music, it is Education.
These people are the truth and their music will always be relevant! coz people like me will still be listening to them.