Q-Tip, the Gatekeeper

The following are a series of posts to Twitter by producer/MC Q-Tip, offering perspective as to why HipHop culture stays on guard for inauthenticity. The posts, in all of their unedited glory are, together with typos, etc., eloquent and articulate.

[Q-Tip is a member of A Tribe Called Quest, Native Tongues and the Universal Zulu Nation as well as a solo artist and producer of other artists.]
HipHop is a artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70’s

Coming off the heels of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and approaching the end of the Vietnam war it was a crossroads 4 America

specially for blacks in the US our neighborhoods were PROLIFERATED w/a rush of HEROINE

our school systems here in NY dungeon traps with light for learning

blk men some of whom didn’t return from tours of duty n the ones who did came w/war baggage (agent orange, addiction, ect..)

these men had families but due to these events and throw into the mix the public emasculation…

they proved to be handicapped parents. The surrogate parents? The STREETS

the streets of gangs, crimes, and the hustlers coddled us and swept us up

but! Being a spirited, rhythmic & expressive people music art dance outlined our existence

it proved a way for us to exhault to scream to dance to laugh and find OUR VOICE

we weren’t at the time skilled musicians as kids. We had records, turntables, ideas and INGENUITY

being natural chemist we took from whatever was availed to us and we created something mighty and special

we cut breakbeats back n forth we took a hybrid of Jamaican toasting along w/ radio jock rap( hank Spann, Gary Byrd, ect.) and

we put our rap down..

it was a neighborhood thing really. Black and Latino Kids were carving out their space and it became infectious

eventually Keith Cowboy coined the phrase hiphop . Yrs later the first rap record was recorded and now we r moving

but during these strides this country still had the monster of racism and racial insensitivity breathing and ruling

believe it or not young black n Latino lives specifically weren’t acknowledged in mainstream American culture unless Ofcourse..

the convo was abt gangs , being criminals or uneducated. And hey! Like I stated early our families were rushed our schools

sucked and we were left to put devices to survive

but HIPHOP showed that we had DEPTH, fire, and BRILLANCE

the music was undeniable! It moved from NY N became national and even GLOBAL

hiphop now was FOR EVERYBODY!! All of those who cld relate to the roots, the spirit, the history, the energy.. It reached YOU

it touched your spirit n took u up. We magnetized you! That’s what BRILLANCE does

now u are fulfilling your dreams … BUT!

you have to take into account the HISTORY as you move underneath the banner of hiphop. As I said before

hiphop is fun it’s vile it’s dance it’s traditional it’s light hearted but 1 thing it can never detach itself from

is being a SOCIO-Political movement. U may ask why … Well

once you are born black your existence I believe is joined with socio-political epitaph and philos

based on the tangled and treacherous history SLAVERY alone this is the case

it never leaves our conversation… Ever. WeAther in our universities our dinner tables our studios or jail cells

the effects still resononates with us. It hurts… We get emotional and angry and melancholy

did u know president Clinton was the ONLY PRESIDENT to apologize for it?

did u know that remnants of slavery exist today thru white privilege? When certain “niceties” r extended your way because of

how u look? Isn’t that crazy? I say this 2 say u are a hiphop artist who has the right 2 express herself however she wishes

his is not a chastisement this is not admonishment at ALL this is just one artist reaching to another hoping to spark insight

into the field you r in. I say this in the spirit of a hopeful healthy dialogue that maybe one day we can continue

I’ve been on twitter a long time and this will probably be my last series of tweets pretty much but

I’m Kool with it as long as I got to share this w u. Zzzzzzz’s up! Peace!

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Mentorship

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.

2012 HipHop Appreciation Week, a press release

From the Temple of Hiphop Kulture…

 

In this year, our 14th Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week will be celebrated starting on the Monday of May 14th 2012 and will conclude the following Sunday May 20th 2012.

Our theme this year will be LOYALTY!

Remember that Hiphoppas observe Hip Hop Appreciation Week as a time set aside to acknowledge and appreciate the existence of Hip Hop in its Elements.

  • Breakin
  • Emceein
  • Graffiti Art
  • Deejayin
  • Beat Boxin
  • Street Fashion
  • Street language
  • Street Knowledge
  • Street Entrepreneurialism

First announced by The Temple of Hip Hop in 1998, Hip Hop Appreciation Week unites the Hip Hop community around its principles of Peace, Love, Unity and safely having Fun. So despite the sometimes irresponsible handling of hip-hop in mass media, Hip Hop Appreciation Week acknowledges the original intent of Hip Hop and urges those who work in any area of media to upgrade their presentation of productive Hip Hop music, movies and writings to the public.

The Teacha “KRS One” would like to emphasis our need to take action and BE Hip Hop. Remember that the goal of HHAW is to de-criminalize the images of Hip Hop Kulture that are presented to the World by the mainstream media. During HHAW, Hiphoppas should amplify the good work they’re doing in their community through Hip Hop Kulture.

Minista Zin One will be confirming available dates for anyone who may be interested in booking The Temple Of Hip Hop for your local HHAW 2012 event(s) and will be taking proposals for events that week (thetempleofhiphop@gmail.com).

During Hip Hop Appreciation Week, serious “Hiphoppas” are advised to:
• Give the next person the right of way. Allow others to pass you.
• Donate your skill to someone who cannot afford it.
• Give the loose change of your purchases to the person behind you in line.
• Be quick to compliment and slow to criticize. Perform forgiveness.
• Give 10% of your salary to your child’s teacher, to your teacher, or to a teacher.
• Offer assistance to a neighbor; clean their kitchen, bathroom, etc., baby-sit, tutor, etc.
• Study and teach the culture, arts, history and philosophies of Hip Hop.
• Talk to young people about images & performances of today’s mainstream Rappers and DJs.
• Acknowledge and celebrate the person or place that introduced you to Hip Hop.

Hip Hop Appreciation Week not only allows real Hiphoppas to promote their own concerts, lectures, workshops, art exhibits and cultural conferences, in their own communities raising money and opportunities for themselves and their families, but it also calls upon Hip Hop’s artists as well as those corporate entities that make money exploiting “hip-hop” to give back to the culture that has given them so much.

Hip Hop Appreciation Week is an opportunity to be a supporter of Hip Hop’s Culture, not just an exploiter of Hip Hop’s arts. The Temple of Hip Hop teaches that the true preservation of Hip Hop must include the preservation of Hip Hop’s people, not just its products and artifacts. This is why Hip Hop Appreciation Week is so important to Hip Hop’s further development; it is because Hip Hop Appreciation Week is an event that gives average everyday Hiphoppas an opportunity to make some money, teach some young people, and enjoy some real Hip Hop; basically preserving the Culture by BEING the Culture.

This year we will also be hosting several Official Temple Of Hip Hop Events during this important week in Hip Hop. If you are interested in becoming involved with this years HHAW Event Series, or seeking Interviews & Booking availability, please feel free to reach out to directly the information below. For all info on how to book interviews, lectures, or events please contact:

Minista Zin One or Kable Reid
thetempleofhiphop@gmail.com