the hijacking of hip hop

hetep,nas was exactly right when he said that hip hop was dead, something that many if not most young afrikan people don't understand, because of how hip hop has been repackaged again and again, away from being a revolutionary catalyst made to serve and ignite the afrikan youth, in particular. although i recognize the influence that hip hop has had on non-afrikan people, my concerns are strictly centered on afrikan liberation. we'd have to be fools to think that our oppressor's children (the future inheritors of their elders' capitalist wealth and power) are gonna role with afrikan liberation to the fullest.very rarely do we ever realize and stay cognizant of the one thing that afrikan people will never be able to have (barring a cataclysmic white mental breakdown), which is white privilege. and we'd have to be even bigger fools to think and expect white folk to give up their white privilege for the sake of afrikan liberation. so, this means that white youth who find themselves within the throes of hip hop will only go so far, short of risking their white privilege. therefore, we should be very careful of the notion of a colorblind or even multicultural young society that will bring revolutionary freedom to afrikan people.we have constantly been misguided by the false concept of illusion of black leadership, in the various fields of operation. this means that there is a false conception of black leaders within the hip hop arena, whose job it is to actually control the afrikan youth with such fancy slogans like rock the vote or vote or die. these are token brands of gatekeeping on the part of wealthy hip hop artist, who haven't the slighest problem with struggling to make ends meet, like the average brotha and sistar on the mean streets of the occupied colonies of amerikkka.their attempt, and so far quite a successful one, is predicated on being allowed access to material luxury, and being featured on mtv cribs, and a safe place within the capitalist structure of things, which is alright with the status quo, as long as they do the musical side of the job of restraining afrikan youth from revolutionary priniciples.where we have some hip hop artists making socially conscious songs as part of their album project, it is one thing to shed the 411 on what seems like some deep end of knowledege, but it's another to put what's being said in the songs to practice or application. but, the afrikan youth ain't able to recognize the lack of application, beyond such socially conscious songs. they are led to believe that because a hip hop artist make a few social commentaries that that artist is radical. chairman fred hampton sr. was radical. assata shakur was and still is radical. george jackson was radical. jalil muntaquin was and still is radical. kuwase balagoon was radical. and, at the same time, they put into practice what came out of their mouths, which made them targets of the enemy, as long as their is the constant projection of rock the vote and vote or die, which gives the perception of a hardcore appearance, the afrikan youth will continue to be desensitized and deluded, and their present downtrodden condition will persist, while those that are doing the devil's drudgery continue to be showcased on mtv cribs and bling bling it twenty-four hours a day.lastly, just as conscious hip hop was attacked and snuffed out, there has to be a counterattack on the part of those of us who've had enough, and genuinely care about the exploitation and dehumanization of afrikan youth. history clearly shows that where there are oppressed people, its youth represent the most potential to be a powerful, threatening and destructive force. and not only does that leave the enemy state unsettled at the though of it, the black folk, who have benefitted from the misguidance of our afrikan youth, are also apt to share the same sentiments with our natural enemy. enough is past due!UHURU!

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