Sep 17, 2007

Sometimes words fail me and I don't know what to say, but when I listen to Jessica Care Moore it is as though she speaks for me. I have been following this sista since she first appeared on the Apollo in the early 90's. She says things I long to say in a way I could only imagine saying them.

So with the pending battle looming between Hip-Hop and Black women, I wanted to say something poetic or prophetic on the subject, but once again my words failed me. So again I find myself turning to Ms. Moore for some inspiration and as always she never lets me down. You see I love Hip-Hop, but it's hard for me to listen to Hip-Hop right now because it seems as though Hip-Hop doesn't love me. It's an abusive relationship this I know, but yet somehow I continue to love it despite all it has done to me. I love it for what it was and what it still could be. I love it for all the great artists it has put in front of me. I'm still rooting for Hip-Hop even though it is in a very dark place right now. Corporate greed has tainted its soul and dimmed its light, but still I know it can shine and be the beacon of hope it once use to be. I am in love with the Hip-Hop that was the voice of the voiceless and the oppressed. This same Hip-Hop I know still exist yet she's just bogged down in the hopelessness and greed that is corporate America. So I'll keep rooting for Hip-Hop as one of it's Cheerleaders. I won't turn my back on it just yet. Hopefully one day it shall remember me and honor me as one of its Black Statute of Liberty.

I'm a Hip-Hop Cheerleader

Black Statute of Liberty


  1. Then comes the question- Is it Hip Hop that is out there?
    Being a teacher for the grades 8-12 this is an issue that has to corrected, but is it too late? China and other countries are opening their doors how will it effect the world as it spreading a fast globally. Its a scary to see whats being built.
    Nice blog.

  2. We as the consumer have to be more diligent in our search for real Hip-Hop music. As much as we like to pass the blame for the state of the music we have to bear some of the responsibility with the state in which it is in. There are still some artist out there that are making really positive music and we should support them. Common, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Dead Prez, Andre 3000, Outkast (as a whole), are just some of the artists that are putting out good music and should be supported. I just don't believe in throwing out the baby with the bathwater. We can change Hip-Hop we just have to demand better and hit them where it hurts and that's their pockets. We also have to remember that the artists are not the only contributors to this problem. The record companies and the radio stations are the real force behind what is going on with our music. The artist are only the puppets and the record executives and big business are the puppet masters and don't you forget it.

  3. This is some real deep ish right here. I too am a woman who loves Hip-Hop but right now I am struggling with the images that the music I love is portraying. I want to break up with it, but I don't know how. Somehow i always get drawn back in. The music of my youth just isn't the same anymore and I'm trying to accept that as fact, but yet there is a part of me that just isn't ready to give up just yet.