In the 70’s, a new cultural movement was born in United States: HIP-HOP. How could it be described? Movement created by the Black People to express their pains and need for change. Therefore, it was not only about music. Still, it was not the only one.
Indeed, Gospel was already there. Created by slaves, it aimed to express pain or joy and call on the Lord’s support for delivery.
Moreover, soul Music though very entertaining, also had a role in expression of Black People rights and need for change. Some artists were Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, Sly And The Family Stones . And there comes another one, HIP-HOP.
Therefore, we could ask the following question. Were Black Americans not tired to use music as a means for change? Of course, the question is not negative. On the contrary, we just thought: “If nothing has succeeded, why try again?”. Thus, when thinking about HIP-HOP, we recognize the resilience of its creators. Indeed, they stood up agaisnt injustice, with all might and determination.
As you may have observed, The ‘Biblio” is not an encyclopedia so we will not take too much time to describe how Hip-Hop grew, evolved and somehow became a means of expression for youth all around the world.
Though this article is called “a journey”, it is not a story. Hip-Hop was, is and will definitely be. The journey is more focused on our choice of personal and inspiring figures in the hip-hop/ rap movement. The latter has evolved much since its beginnings but it remain quite close to its original purity: Powerful words and message, unique beat/rhythm and the ability to last and touch.
In this journey of Hip-hop, we will go all around the world and decades but with special focus on music we know, cherish and can talk about without having a big look on Wikipedia. Our journey of hip-hop will start at the basis, in the US. We will talk about “oldies” which inspired us: A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast (not the oldest but most of us arenot that old too), not so young but not oldies too: Common, Talib Kweli and NAS.
Then we will focus on some of the young: Kanye West and the youngest: J Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and we will not stay focused to the US. Indeed Hip-Hop has taken over the world as a means to express an opinion. MC SOLAAR (in France) will be one of our choices, POSITIVE BLACK SOUL in Senegal, BRYMO in Nigeria, South African Rap in General and a bit of Cameroon Hip-Hop (just a bit, as this is one of our favorite subject).
Our Journey of Hip-Hop will be everything but short and I hope you will appreciate the deep dive. As every journey, it is evolving. Therefore, feel free to propose, challenge and share. The journey will be more fun together.
The Publishing Team.