What Is Hip Hop?
THIS IS HIP HOP! (thanks desafinada21 😉 )
Seriously though, what is hip hop? I really wanted to let google answer that question for me but… maybe I shouldn’t. Maybe I should give you my definition of “hip hop.” My definition of hip hop deviates from some who may give you the 5 pillars of hip hop or some such like that (let me see, graffiti, MCing, DJin, Break Dancing and… I don’t know. 😦 Can I still keep my “Hood Pass Intact”?)
I think anyone or anything trying to limit what hip hop is or isn’t… ain’t hip hop. 🙂 I mean… one of the foundational elements should be present in the artist’s expression himself, but… I personally see hip hop like… like… kung fu (gongfu 功夫).
See, people have been conditioned to believe kungfu = Chinese Martial arts when in “reality” (LOLOLOLOLOL… reality…) it means dedicated time and diligent practice. You could have good cooking kungfu, writing kungfu, marketing kungfu, YouTubing kungfu, lulzing kungfu, etc.
So hip hop, like with kung fu, has been put in a box that somewhat limits it, ESPECIALLY in this digital age we live in. For me hip hop has to include video making, video games, interactivity, the blurring of “reality” and “fiction” to the point where people can’t see where one starts and the other begins… This video is my favorite example of that (you can read about web 3.0 here):
Perhaps… most importantly, hip hop is about bucking the system and living your life your way in accordance with nature. For example, Wesley Willis seems hip hop as fuck to me:
That mutha fucker sold more albums and did more shows than negros pimpin hos to get the chedda to digitize they flows.
What is Hacktivism?
Wikipedia can handle this one for me. 🙂
Hacktivism (a portmanteau of hack and activism) is the use of computers and computer networks as a means of protest to promote political ends.
Computer hackers get all the media attention, but according to this a hacker was:
[originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe]
- A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.
- One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming.
- A person capable of appreciating hack value.
- A person who is good at programming quickly.
- An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in `a UNIX hacker’. (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit them congregate.)
- An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.
- One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
- [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence “password hacker”, “network hacker”. The correct term is cracker.
While I’m not a programmer in the traditional sense of the word, I’m trying to master the art of of taking out the “middle man” with my programming. Creating something and watching it… “do it’s thing” is… awesome. 🙂 What I’ve been trying to master is, putting it bluntly, programming minds. That’s what hip hop artists are doing, the illuminati is doing by making people think Scarface is a good movie (I started watching it the other day and that movie is bullshit, fuck being Scarface, I would have much rather been that banker cleaning his money up but… maybe that banker got his too… I stopped watching it after he was getting all paranoid), the Chinese are doing it by letting Americans think they run shit… LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!! America, so young, so cute.
“IF YOU want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.” – Ancient Chinese Secret
Why do I want to master programming minds? Well… lets move on to the next topic:
What Is Hip Hop Hacktivism?
Well… If a group… well, lets use my favorite group, the Wu-Tang Clan understood everything I did about guanxi, direct response marketing, NLP, internet marketing, SEO, PPC, community building (on and offline), motivation, education, economics, government, “social media”, social entrepreneurship, barter exchanges and… yeah, you get the idea and applied it to the fanbase they have they could… Well, I’m going to do my darndest to make a real life example of what is possible with just a “basic” understand of the skills listed above, being a hacker and liking hip hop.
I’m going to throw everything I have into taking out the “old guard” in Milwaukee. And everything I have isn’t a huge “war chest“… actually, on second thought… my “war chest” is LIMITLESS because “I” understand something “they” don’t. 🙂 Anyhow, here’s what my war chest looks to you mortals:
That’s right. I have $25.23 in my checking account (that I can access, I have a secured credit card) and $169.73 in credit. See… you mortals have been conditioned into believing money is “real” and not having any “sucks.” The only reason I need money is for fuel for the body, a place to stay and WIZARD JUICE!
That’s all ANYONE needs. Food, shelter and wizard juice. So I’ve been mastering the programming (beyond what the masters think they’ve mastered) to help people deprogram and reprogram themselves to their liking. 🙂 I personally like being a modern day Daoist Wizard who was at one point in life a Samurai, General Guan Yu, the Bodhidharma, a loyal soldier to Hanuman and before all that an explosion that created the universe, but chooses to jump around experiencing stuffs and changing the course of the multiverse to push it closer to… SHEEEEEIITT, I don’t know. 😀 lol But that’s my story. 🙂 What’s yours?
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