Hip Hop's Dilemma

Views:
 
Category: Entertainment
     
 

Presentation Description

No description available.

Comments

Presentation Transcript

Slide 1:

What’s mine is mine Including my music Down to the hook / beat / melody / medium But never mind the message Ignoring it like we do the other issues Because this is feel good music No time for that eco / environmental / energy efficient (Privileged) stuff Oh, hip hop, how I loved you early But we were both new / And young / And broke So I let you get away with that smooth talk That political talk That how do I make my sistas and brothas lives better talk But now

I’m in control though Aware of my avarice But I prefer to say my preference Preferring the finer things / the shiny things / the disposable things Oh, hip hop, they thought you would be thrown away too But you stuck around teaching ghetto economic lessons And I was an attentive student So now … :

I’m in control though Aware of my avarice But I prefer to say my preference Preferring the finer things / the shiny things / the disposable things Oh, hip hop, they thought you would be thrown away too But you stuck around teaching ghetto economic lessons And I was an attentive student So now …

Oh, hip hop There’s a thin line between love and hate But the line began to blur Somewhere between bottle poppin and buyin out the club It’s getting harder for me to tell what’s real So I’ll just take it all as worthy Worthy of imitation / reiteration / duplication / amplification You see, :

Oh, hip hop There’s a thin line between love and hate But the line began to blur Somewhere between bottle poppin and buyin out the club It’s getting harder for me to tell what’s real So I’ll just take it all as worthy Worthy of imitation / reiteration / duplication / amplification You see,

Slide 4:

And I accept this Torn between knowing better And just not really giving a damn Because the lifestyle you lead Looks far better than what I have going on Problematic? Maybe. Constantly comparing characteristics of your life to mine Because what you have I don’t have But I can buy it Please just tell me where to buy it Borderline masochism Making, no forcing, me to be aware of my “lack of”

Slide 5:

A nd I cannot be asked to stunt softer I’m a hustler baby, I just want you to know It’s not about my brain / but just spending this dough But don’t look at me with those judging eyes Like poor little hip hop girl Isn’t this just the dream Our dream The American dream This ain’t nothin but success

Slide 6:

Get money Get attention Get recognition Get validation Get more money Oh hip hop, we’re stuck in this never ending loop Remixing and remediating selfish consumption To people (by choice or by circumstance) without ability To discern borrowed chains and rented mansions But what do I expect when

Slide 7:

Money as the root of all evil Might be far too simple What are we doing with our checks? Oh, hip hop Making it rain at the strip club Only creates thunderstorms of missed opportunity (And paper cuts in unmentionable places) Can’t afford milk and eggs But I identity with Jacob the jeweler

Slide 8:

Maybe if this is only a he thing Then this materialism thing Is a man thing Not a woman thing A you thing Not a me thing But in our quest to be independent We just acquired more and more things On budgets made of shoe string Who cares! Got me a certified VBS diamond ring

Slide 9:

Oh hip hop, to be one of the boys I just have to shop like them Can’t talk like them Walk like them Or have sex like them But there’s equality in exploitation Economically speaking Taking care of school / work / household Is good But not good enough So instead ill get my hair did My nails did Feet did too And this makes me

Slide 10:

Unfortunately this is not a him versus her Or what is versus what were Because time moves along Propelling us to be progressive In how we buy And share And save And interact Oh hip hop, don’t fall behind Like the guy that wears cornrows past his prime Hesitation in your resignation of getting Money / paper / cheese / cheddar / scrilla or guap Affects your followers’ ability to live and live well You see,

Slide 11:

I don’t know where we went astray What once was about collective thought / group action / communal bonding Turned stale Happy for your commercial success Selling out arenas / selling out records / selling out the land Oh, hip hop I’ve loved you and followed you And you reciprocate with images of decadence That cost more than my few paltry cents So it seems that what we have been sharing Has been of no real value or virtue So, where do we go from here because

authorStream Live Help