Just Because It’s Rap Doesn’t Mean It’s Hip-Hop!


The genre of Rap music comes  in many different forms but there is a huge misconception that it all falls under the term “Hip-Hop” which couldn’t  be further from the truth. Hip-Hop in itself goes way beyond just being music and speaks the voices of those who have been embedded  in its culture from its beginnings.

From the Dj to the MC to the B-Boy to the Graffiti artist, hip-hop speaks from the soul to the soul of the urban communities it was born in. Since its inception it has influenced many other areas of society who have have taken it and created their own variation of the original but those variations can no longer be called the same name as the original because they do not represent the same thing that true hip-hop represents.

Hip-Hop was created to speak the truth of the urban situations and struggles as a voice for those society would rather have silenced. Musically it was known as the “ghetto gospel” bringing attention to the plight and historical omissions of its people who are too often pushed under the proverbial rug.

Although it is a form of Rap music, historically hip-hop has been known to go against the grain, not with it and to say the things that most are afraid to say. Once it became evident that hip-hop was more than just a passing fad and became a powerful force influencing more than just urban culture spreading itself way beyond its original borders into popular culture, certain forces within the music industry sought to silence its voice by taking its soul and pushing it into the background replacing it with their versions of it but still packaging and passing it off as hip-hop.

There are many sub-genres that fall under the umbrella of Rap music but not all of those sub-genres fit the definition of hip-hop. Currently you have bounce, trap, strip club, pop and other variations that are considered Rap music but are mistakenly labeled as hip-hop. Each year award shows like the Grammy’s give an award for Best Rap Album but never award artists that make hip-hop such as Nas, Wu-Tang, J. Cole and many others who keep it in its true form. In 2014 the artist Kendrick Lamar, who released the hottest hip-hop album of the year and deserved to win the award, was passed up for the artist Maclemore whose album did do very well and spoke to a large audience but did not embellish or embrace the core audience that created and made Rap music popular in the first place which is Hip-Hop, causing Kendrick Lamar to come back in 2015 and release a single that was not created to speak to his core audience but to the pop audience in order to, in my opinion, possibly gain more consideration from those who decide who wins the Grammy in the Best Rap categories.

Now you have a new form of rap music and a lifestyle developing which promotes homosexuality as a fad amongst young men, stripping and lesbianism as a fad amongst young girls & women and the popular use of prescription and designer drugs. This is the latest variation of the original hip-hop that they are trying to pass off and label as hip-hop. They have confused and diluted the genre so much that people don’t even know what hip-hop truly is anymore. Now I’m not going to say that these other forms don’t have a right to have a voice but I will say they do not have a right to be passed off as hip-hop and that it is a blatant insult to label these other forms as such meanwhile shunning and shutting out the form they all copied in order to create theirs.

Let Hip-Hop be Hip-Hop. Let its voice be heard on a fair playing field and let all the others find a name of their own instead of confusing the people into thinking they are what they aren’t.

Written by Corey “Drumz” Banks

Source – TheBanksBrand

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Why The Black Mans Pain Is The Black Mans Blame


Throughout the years, the Black race has suffered many injustices always blaming our plight on someone else. Although many outside of our race have contributed to our struggles, seems we never take responsibility ourselves and do something about it to change our own situation instead of expecting others to do it for us. What’s sad is that were the only race of people that still don’t get it.

Every other race works together to build social, financial and political foundations which is what empowers them as a people. After all the “We Shall Overcome” marches and rallies of the civil rights movement and sacrifices made by many of our revolutionists who have lost their lives in pursuit of change, we still just refuse to understand that we’re still in the position we’re in because we put ourselves there byvnot supporting each other and really aren’t doing anything to get ourselves out of it. We’re still complaining about what others are doing or what they have instead of unifying our own efforts to build strong foundations for our own people.

So my thing is let’s stop focusing on why others hate us. Let’s start focusing on creating a unified system of economics, social and political cooperation where we stop hating ourselves and not just saying it, but actually doing it and encouraging others to follow suit. Its not a Black man/White man thing anymore. Its a “who has” and “who doesn’t” thing and as a people no matter how much “stuff” certain individuals may have, it means nothing because it doesn’t represent prosperity for our people as a whole.

True change must start from within, right at home rebuilding and enriching our own communities not expecting it to come from outside sources as a reward. So many have made it “out of the hood” but how many have put back into and helped rebuild those hoods they made it out of? We as a people have to recognize our own fears of change and that fear is not of anything outside of ourselves but of shedding that false sense of security we have all been taught became so comfortable with and look outside for instead of facing the truth of what we should be finding from within. Yes, we did go through 400 years of slavery but how did that fact come to be in the first place? I mean people always try to use Africa and being African as the core of our salvation but them niggers over there (and I use niggers in a literal sense) have been commuting genocide on their own people in ways far worse than anything we’ve done or even witnessed here in America. They’ve been over there wiping out whole tribes just because. And how to you think the Portuguese got African slaves in the first place other than trading for them with the Arabs? From “niggers” that gave them to them. We all saw Roots. It was Africans guiding the White man thru the jungle trapping other Africans and sending them off to slavery, so no we can’t keep blaming the Caucasians for our predicament, we have to look in the mirror and admit that nobody’s doing anything to us, it’s us allowing it to be done and doing it to ourselves.

The only way we’re going to start experiencing any meaningful change to the Black Struggle is for us to start implementing that change ourselves and stop blaming everyone else for our condition. Let’s start representing for and showing support of our people and others will have to respect us because we’ll have empowered ourselves as a unified community of people instead of seeing us as a people that can be easily manipulated and separated and turned against one another giving them all the ammunition they need to continue to defeat us mentally and physically.

It’s time for us to finally stand together side by side regardless of our individual economic, religious and geographical differences. Yes, we can overcome but it’s the “we” that has to do it. If we can’t stand together, how can we expect others to stand for us.

Happy Black History my people.

Editorial written by Corey “Drumz” Banks

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