I am an older cat, but as a professional musician watching and at times participating in this art form I believe the core values of Hip Hop are intact. But they are intact in a distorted way. At the popular level it is dying an obvious death. The legacy of hip hop is dark and light. The practitioners at the highest levels who have grown up seem flippant at the scope of the darkness of their legacies in the lives of millions of people who were too young to effectively tread through the obvious contradictions of messages. This is the dark truth sealing the casket.
The DJ, the Rapper, the Graffiti artist and the Break Dancer were the core of Hip Hop before those elements were rent asunder by the industry of music, and law enforcement. The elements of Hip Hop that globalized the young voices passionate about changing the conditions of poverty, injustice and youth concerns and fears found that their music altered political and social movements, and spoke truth to power.
Most listeners are unaware of the literary and musical legacies this art form comes from. They are unaware Hip Hop extended a dream amongst literary giants now long dead. Hip Hop, the art form, extended the hopes of Black poets of the 1930's on into a future that saw poetry as a voice for millions upon millions of children and young people. This is the light of Hip Hop. If it is to surge upward with the elemental vibrations of birthing concepts and the techniques of spiritual sciences that is illuminating Harshness, and Judgement in organized religions it will help unleash the promise and potential of Genius buried in each child of this generation. Hope will grow into something in the Beyond, and our grandchildren will have a better shot at a better life with poets who have their voice, and sound in Hip Hop, and the soul of their lives will better ground in truth, and practical freedoms that benefit all concerned! - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories