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.

Now… If we can continueto imagine, we can biild.


7 attributes for teaching HipHop culture, #5: Practice.

Opportunities constantly present themselves to the practicing B-Boy, MC, and promoter, anyone who constantly keeps themselves in the movement of the community. Once your talent is unquestionable, once that mixtape, magazine, website or production company has a reputation for the freshest look and sound, you increase your own demand. This comes with the need to always be perceived as having something new and not recycling past work.

This is especially true with the breaker and his/her stunt-like moves which will always be bitten. Practice is an important mantra for the graff writer. As they get their tag into muscle memory, it has to be done with several media- marker, spray can, shoe polish, etc. as well as committing to a unique expression of styles.

MCs should really read as much if not more than they write or rap in order to expand vocabulary and syntax.

Graff stars…


7 attributes for teaching HipHop culture, #4: Application

Beyond the want and ability to create within your lane, your interest and skill-set will be the desire to expose your art and/or business to the larger public. This is where the drive of an artist or culturist separates itself from the hobbyist. The individuals who seek new avenues to display their craft will usually be the ones driven to constantly express new styles, methods and aspects of themselves within the culture. The hobbyist will buy records, go to concerts and support the local scene but not move beyond using their skills beyond recreation.

The culturist not only entertains or seeks entertainment but finds ways to cross societal boundaries often within the arts of HipHop themselves. Whether you are a creative force or management/administration force, your creations are being used to advance the careers of many, why not use your skills to advance your entire community?