"So what if hip-hop, which was once a form of upstart black-folk music, came to dominate the modern world? Isn’t that a good thing? It seems strange for an artist working in the genre to be complaining, and maybe I’m not exactly complaining. Maybe I’m taking a measure of my good fortune. Maybe. Or maybe it’s a little more complicated than that. Maybe domination isn’t quite a victory. Maybe everpresence isn’t quite a virtue."

Questlove in “How Hip-Hop Failed Black America” for New York Magazine

This is a very difficult piece, and there are some things I question, but it’s nonetheless very thought-provoking.

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Once hip-hop culture is ubiquitous, it is also invisible. Once it’s everywhere, it is nowhere. What once offered resistance to mainstream culture (it was part of the larger tapestry, spooky-action style, but it pulled at the fabric) is now an integral part of the sullen dominant. Not to mention the obvious backlash conspiracy paranoia: Once all of black music is associated with hip-hop, then Those Who Wish to Squelch need only squelch one genre to effectively silence an entire cultural movement.

And that’s what it’s become: an entire cultural movement, packed into one hyphenated adjective. These days, nearly anything fashioned or put forth by black people gets referred to as “hip-hop,” even when the description is a poor or pointless fit. “Hip-hop fashion” makes a little sense, but even that is confusing: Does it refer to fashions popularized by hip-hop musicians, like my Lego heart pin, or to fashions that participate in the same vague cool that defines hip-hop music? Others make a whole lot of nonsense: “Hip-hop food”? “Hip-hop politics”? “Hip-hop intellectual”? And there’s even “hip-hop architecture.” What the hell is that? A house you build with a Hammer?

Questlove in “How Hip-Hop Failed Black America” (via reichsstadt)
☞When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America☜

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i have been locked in my workroom sewing for 24hrs straight and I’m too high (off life) to be exhausted

Anonymous: have you heard of Princess Neptune on tumblr? She makes great music and I've seen her reblog your clothing, was just curious if you knew each other.

this sounds like some unsolicited advertising.



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TEDxObserver- Hugh Masekela -The Western Influence on the African youth PLUS music performance

Heritage is beneficial to the society. African stands at the frontline of those that have lost their heritage because of the misconception of education,religion, advertisements, politics and television.

If you impoverish people and take away their land then they are less capable of exhibiting their heritage crafts and their heritage performances. 

It is a thing that has very much disappeared in most of Africa, especially urban Africa because they have been convinced that their heritage is barbaric, evil, backward, primitive and pagan.They have really brought it to an extent where we don’t even try to look like who we really are at any point in our lives.

When people come to Africa these days, they always come to look at the animals, to find Mandela or to look at the geographical size because her heritage( arts and crafts) have more or less disappeared or have been colonized by expatriate businesses.

There is no place that is more diversified and has a cross section of excellent heritage like Africa but it’s invisible. Nobody has the chance to see it  and when they come to Africa, they are escorted to see the elephants,lions and victoria falls.

I am on crusade to at least make it visible and to be involved in building places where heritage performances can take place. To restore the arts and crafts and ownership of what the people do instead of working for expatriate businesses;

I want to point out that  the only artistes  have really made it overseas are those who are heritage arts oriented like Miriam Makeba, Salif Keita,Youssou N’dour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and myself. I dont think i would have been known if i had come overseas and tried to imitate overseas artistes.

Heritage lives forever. There is no place that needs to see it come back more than the African diaspora and especially the African Continent.

When i speak to a lot of Africans about this they say “why are you trying to take us back to the dark ages?” but my usual answer is “if you don’t know where you are coming from, you are not going anywhere except you are making yourself vulnerable to be swallowed in by other cultures”

People do not even want to stay in their rural homelands anymore, everyone wants to come to the city to find this miracle of the west that does not exist.

There is nothing better than heritage restoration to preserve the history of Africa and also to make the future children of Africa really know who they are.

In the end when you go to China, India and even England, people really know England not because of the queen but because of its heritage and it will be a real pity to miss and to lose in Africa

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lmao i found a video on my camcorder from LA its rly pointless but yolo chris thinks hes larry clarke

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 Tracey Rose, 2007.

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