This is in addition to what I wrote yesterday. I received a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. Thank you very much for reading, sharing & reaching out. If you haven’t read my view on the murder of a 16yr old boy that went down in Chicago this week and rapper Chief Keef glorifying it, and what the issue with popular Rap is.. Check it out here: http://istillloveher.de/2012/
I obviously do not have all the background information about this murder. Neither am I saying that Jojo (the kid that was killed) was completely innocent.
What happened with JoJo and Keef and everybody else who was involved is really just an example of what is going on not just in Chicago, but everywhere. And it should be a wake up call. The fact that a kid was killed and a popular rapper with a reach of millions made fun of it, THAT’s what my concern is.
I also to not blame Hip Hop for Jojos death. When I said “Hip Hop killed a kid” I didnt mean that literally. Of course Hip Hop didnt kill him. But to society, it did.
For someone in the public like Chief Keef to glorify this kids death is horrifying to me. Because that can cause so many more kids to be misguided than gangs ever can.
The events this week have made me think a lot. And have made me realize that in order to change the way Hip Hop is now, we need to influence the next generation in a positive way.
We need to give them what was given to us when we were their age.
My generation and the one before mine, most the them have children now. I’m 28 and don’t have any, but I plan to in the future and I want my kids to find music as a source of inspiration, creativity and comfort, like I did myself.
I know that most Hip Hop heads my age and older have children now and feel the same way I do, want their kids to appreciate good music, and also not to be exposed to a lot of this bullish** that’s on the media.
The problem is that the kids between 10 – 20 only hear what is being served to them. What their parents listen to. What the radio and TV plays. And they may not be able to understand that violence and crime is wrong, because their favorite rapper tells them otherwise.
I believe that it’s our job to give them an alternative. Because the media doesn’t. Of course we can’t ban TV and radio completely. But we can give the new generation balance. We can let them hear good hip hop. The kind we love and grew up on. And then they can decide for themselves what they want to listen to.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about all of this. And I think I may have found a way to start taking steps in the right direction.
I want to start a non profit organization, I haven’t figured out the name yet (I’m open to suggestions) but something like “Hip Hop for the Kids”. One idea is to come out with free mixtapes of kid friendly music. This doesn’t mean no cussing, it means Hip Hop with a positive message. I’m not saying everything has to be preachy or conscious. It can be party music too. But nothing that glorifies violence, drugs, disrespecting women and minorities or crime. A good mix of new and old Hip Hop. Of Hip Hop with a message and even without, but NO negativity. So the kids can choose for themselves what they like.
We can give these mixtapes to the parents or the kids themselves. Parents will know that this music will not influence their children in a negative way and they will make it a point to put their kids on to it, rather than having them listen to the radio.
Kids are so smart, when we give them choices other than what the media gives them, they will make the right one.
Another thing that needs to be done is workshops, teaching the kids how to DJ, breakdance, graffiti, rap.. Whatever they want to learn. Keep them off the streets and also show them what Hip Hop really is. An art form. An expression of self.
I also believe that there should be a community of bloggers who agree not to support this kind of rap music. I have never supported it on my blog personally, just because I don’t like it. But overall I think it would be great to have a community of bloggers who will take a stand against this music.
Bloggers are so important nowadays, they can make a difference!
I will need help from artists, DJs, Graffiti writers, B-boys & Girls, activists, bloggers, fans, parents, teachers.
I would like to do this locally and globally, wherever people are down to help.
Do you have any other ideas? Do you think this will help? Are YOU down to help?