May 16th, 2001 was a landmark occasion for HipHop culture; the day when the Temple of Hiphop Kulture and the Universal Zulu Nation among many others including signatories of the Hiphop Declaration of Peace confirmed that HipHop was a culture and the United Nations through UNESCO would help to uphold that culture.
Since that time great events have happened resulting in great upheaval of that culture including in cross cultural evolution of the nations surrounding HipHop’s homelands and most remote outposts. Business and institutions have come and gone; tastes have shifted; leadership within the culture has suffered greatly through demise and disgrace and through lessons learned by all of HipHop’s success and failure is that we are simply a reflection of our ancestors.
HipHop’s biggest metaphysical problem is not embracing the community, the communal liberty and justice of its primary ancestors. We instead take out cues from our most recent antecedents and venerate them flawless and flawlessly. We have been taught creation myth and philosophy but less about continuing action. We have made the culture’s pioneers godhead when the freedom fighters and revolutions that made and broke them go untold. HipHop still has not committed to its decolonization, and for Sanctuary Threesixty/STS*, here is a fine beginning.
May 14, 2018 marks what is the Temple of Hiphop Kulture’s annual observance period, Hiphop Appreciation Week. The week is also being observed by independent HipHop culturalists as well, STS is in solidarity as a mainly meditative period. Observations will be shared here on topics over the coming week primarily around edutainment; but also creation myth, spirituology of urban metaphysics; and building better community.
STS will post observances through the entire period but our height is the anniversary that our tribes came out of the shadows. Here’s to May 16.
Imagine a HipHop culture in which each active participant, successful in their own right, undenianly talented in the arts and/ or business of the culture taking a protégée; imagine the master and apprentice leading study and practice groupsamong the youngest in art-and-culture cwntered schhols founded by practicioners of the culture instead of just the university-approved pop culture professor and rap star guest lecturer.
Imagine organizations like the Universal Zulu Nation, Rock Steady Crew, Temple of HipHop at the forefront of this effort.
Vocalist/poet/educator/commentator; the Bay Area’s Epiphany Castro hosts a weekly 2 hour gab called Epiphany’s House I was her guest and we listened to great music and talked of our backgrounds in it; What mentoring means to me; lots lots more. Check her out every week on Blogtalk Radio, home of other great spoken word & performance poetry related shows.
The Gospel of Hiphop, KRS-ONE Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Jeff Chang Hip-Hop Revolution, Dr. Jeff Ogbar Fight the Power- Rap, Race and Reality, Chuck D Black Noise- Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Tricia Rose Have Gun, Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Death Row Records, Ronin Ro Gunshots in Me Cookup, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds Bomb the Suburbs, William “Upski” Wimsatt Total Chaos- The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, an anthology edited by Jeff Chang; features Bill Adler, Suheir Hammad, Kevin Coval, Staceyann Chin, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Rha Goddess, Danny Hoch and more The Art of Getting Over, Stephen Powers Don’t Rhyme For the Sake of Riddlin’- the Authorized Biography of Public Enemy, Russel Myrie The Ice Opinion, Ice T The Dead MC Scrolls, Saul Williams No More Prisons, William “Upski” Wimsatt B-Boy Cynics Getting Weeded in the Garden of Delights, Adam Mansbach These Are The Breaks, Idris Goodwin The Anthology of Rap, edited by Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois- a collection of lyrics from popular rap and HipHop music.