Rap / Hip hop

Hip Hop started as a cultural movement which formed during the 1970s amongst African American youths residing in the South Bronx, New York City. It is characterized by four distinct elements, Rapping or MCing , turntablism or "DJing" , street dancing and graffiti art. The origin of hip hop culture stems from block parties hosted by DJ Kool Herc on Sedgwick Avenue, where Herc mixed samples  of existing records. The Ghetto Brothers, also hosted block parties, plugging in amps and speakers into the lampposts on 163rd Street and Prospect Avenue. Their aim was to use Hip hop as a tool to break down racial barriers. Afrika Bambaataa ,one of early hip hop's main innovators, added an electronic edge to the sound which helped to create early Electro and propel Hip hop towards a wider international audience.

Although the sound came from dignified cultural roots, many mindless rappers have used Hip-Hop to degrade and tarnish the image of Black people internationally.

In recent times, Hip-hop songs have been used to promote murder for the sake of wearing a specific colour or for living in a certain postal code. Through Hip hop, prison has been made to look like a cool place for Black men to visit. Loss of consciousness and lack of morality has become the overall theme for many rap careers. Radio stations have been fast to jump on the hype, power playing those same few commercial songs that praise bad decisions and glorify black on black violence. Over-sexualised rap lyrics have corrupted the minds of Black youths across the world.

Although freedom of speech pertains to everyone, the question is: Would those same filth talking Rappers feel ok to see their own Black children, jump on a stage in front of a sexed up crowd, swinging around on a pole naked, spreading legs and twerking out their private parts for money? Just like the behaviours they promote to our children and glorify in their songs? Probably not!

Today We herald a new time, with new trends of conscious, intelligent and progressive hip hop which is expanding fast across the globe. Hip hop which promotes healthy life choices, aiming to stop the violence and create prosperous, respectable futures for all people. GBE support this new era of conscious progressive Hip hop.
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