Reviving the Roots of Hip Hop

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Reviving the Roots of Hip Hop" was an article I wrote back in 2006 for my college newspaper. I was working on the entertainment section, so of course I wrote about my fave - Lupe Fiasco.

Hip Hop’s ever-changing style has recently dished out its newest lyric, an artist who has his mind set on revolutionizing the music scene. Wasalu Muhammad Jaco doesn’t go by his “government name”, as the streets call it, but is well known as Lupe Fiasco. Eluding the stir of his album’s original release date, Fiasco’s mind-blowing debut album dropped on September 19, 2006, reaching number 1 on the Rap Albums Chart.

Kicking and pushing his way into the scene with his hit single “Kick, Push” Fiasco talks about his childhood love and fascinating affair with skateboarding. He expresses how he found his female love through skateboarding with lines like,

“Met his girlfriend she was clapping in the crowd/ love is what, what was happening to him now/ he said I would marry you/ but I’m engaged with these arials and variels/ but I don’t think this board is strong enough to carry two/ she said Bow I weigh 120 pounds/ Now let me make one thing clear/ I don’t need to ride yours, I got mine right here.” Fiasco never had to look far for anything, everything he needed in his mysterious life he found in his first love, the skateboard.

Fiasco, raised on Chicago’s West Side, grew up with the influence of his parents, both of whom exposed him to every element (good or bad) that society had to offer. In his 24 years of life, there hasn’t been much he hasn’t either experienced first hand, or heard of. Emerging from the diversified world in which he was brought up, he became a lover of Jazz. With Fiasco’s mixture of Jazz, the influence of his Muslim religious background, eclectic soul, and varied interest, he never ceases to amaze his listeners. His words are those of an unheard, unseen, and long veiled prophet.

Fiasco’s style is definitely new and refreshing, and he does nothing but give the people something they can recognize. The Hip Hop world has been claiming that for years it hasn’t experienced anything with meaning, or any thought provoking, head-bopping flow. Fiasco has definitely stepped up to the challenge and given Hip Hop its sense of reality back. Hip Hop started out as a way young black artist expressed their political views on corporate America. As Lupe says in his song “American Terrorist”,

“It's like, don't give the black man food, give red man liquor, red man fool, black man nigga, give yellow man tool, make him railroad builda, also give him pan, make him pull gold from river, give black man crack, glocks to teens, give red man craps, slot bring it back, bring it back, bring it back, bring it back…”

Lupe Fiasco, has definitely brought it back.

This article would be soooo different if it was written today, March 11th, 2009. The evolution of a writer.

You know what kind of annoys me about writing here, the fact that you can't indent. Is there some sort of trick to this? Argh.

Constitution Date December 2006