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(Graffiti Poetry) It Was Hip Hop

Note to one self: This is an article
Just an article
The revolution will not be televised or texted or IM’ed or Facebook’ed !

When I fell in love with hip hop..
It was before its time
And I was yet a young girl
Not cultured in its verse
Not familiar with its rhyme
scheme
Rhythm, or beat
It was a movement, a culture, a style of dress
I was but a preteen, uncool, not present and on the scene
Not sure what was in or out, but without a doubt
hip hop was weighing heavy on me.
I was a four-eyed nerd, with a curl who was often so buried in her books
that I was socially inept to what was going on around me
The beauty in the words, the groove of the beat
The pop and lock of the dance and the
Tag of the graffiti artist leaving his mark on his street masterpiece
And let’s not forget the style of dress
The fat dookey chains that hung around the neck
Or the African Medallions that shouted I’m Black and I’m proud
What happened to those days when we weren’t afraid to claim our
Heritage out loud!

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Just an article
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When I fell in love with hip hop…
My Hip Hop was colorful, funky, and fun
BET’s Video Soul gave me an eyeful
I had never fit in before but now hip-hop
Showed me my awkwardness could be my door
To individuality and style
Thanks Kwame for the polka dot look
Even MC Hammer for the dance and the pants
Cause I was too legit to quit
And You can’t touch this dance
from
Kid and Play with the funky clothes
And the high-top fade
to
Heavy D “The Overweight Lover”
Who made “Being Big” sexy to me
to
Ladies Love Cool James knew he was BAD
Although Kool Moe Dee questioned his confidence in
The Wild, Wild, West
Whodini
Called out the Freaks
Run DMC said “Walk this way, Talk this Way”

My local dudes MJG and the Eight Ball
Pimped hard
And the Beastie Boys
fought for the right to party

Sir Mix-a-lot and Too Short celebrated the big butts and freaky tales
While 2 Live Crew was just out to
Bust a nut!

Note to one self: This is an article
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The revolution will not be televised or texted or IM’ed or Facebook’ed !

When I fell in love with hip hop..
It was a voice,
It gave speeches, protested, and marched
It pushed the envelope for us to
Get into action
“We’re headed for self-destruction”
Was an anthem to get hip hop up
Off its money maker
And stop being a distraction,
But an answer to
the ailments of
Our communities

“Fight the Power” Was Public Enemy’s anthem for hip hop
To stand against the powers that be
Who built a brick wall to
Hold back the hip hop community

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
Reminded me of the ailments of the inner city youth
Trying to survive Living in an urban jungle
“Sometimes it make me wonder, how I keep from going under”
As they spoke Their truth

NWA paved the way
For us to see
the violence in the streets
from brother to brother
and cop to brother
It was a never ending struggle
Many of us hadn’t experienced until
Hip hop Gave them a mic
Then Rodney King gave us a visual
To see just what that life was like.
Hip hop educated!

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When I fell in love with hip hop..
My Hip Hop was Girl Power
The Queen told me that “OOOOO Ladies First, Ladies First”
MC Lyte said “You can CHA CHA, to this Mardi Gras”
They made me believe that girls are powerful and strong
And even though It’s a man’s world it aint nothing without a woman by far

Salt and Pepa’ want ‘em to push, push it real good
And long befo’ Blue Ivy’s mother
There was the original Queen Bee
Lil’ Kim that is
Who spoke her mind and let it be known
that she was the baddest bitch on the throne

Mama Mia came in
As a No Limit Soldier
JJ Fad said “We’re Supersonic”
Yo Yo stated “ Don’t try to play me out”
Hip Hop brought being a Woman and Sex Appeal to the forefront
Without a doubt

My hometown girl Gangsta Boo’
Kept it ruff and tuff,
Like Lady of Rage in her afro puffs
Missy showed us that size
Doesn’t matter, when getting your groove
And Lauryn Hill
A genius, perfectly combined rap and soul
For a new blend of hip hop that needed to be told
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Was and is a classic album
That will never grow old.

Note to one self: This is an article
Just an article
The revolution will not be televised or texted or IM’ed or Facebook’ed!

When I fell in love with hip hop..
It gave a voice to the voiceless
Choices to the choiceless
It made an outcast like me feel like I belonged
Hip hop was my first real love
It never checked the No box
It always gave me options
As I grew, my hip hop grew too
Some in the same direction as me
Some reminded me of my youth
Some makes me want to forget it’s rooted truths
In magnifying the generation of the day
And being well aware
That their hip hop
Maybe a different taste than mine
And that’s fine
You choose yours and I will select mine.
The best thing about it is the choice
No reason to despair
Hip hop is here to stay
It’s everywhere
It’s on The television
Commercials
And ads
And radio
It sells
Liquor
Clothes
And The right to rock the vote
It manages professional teams
Opens clubs, restaurants,
Even has its’ own talk shows
has its’ own credit card to boast
Increase the buying power of the hip hop
Community
It is the talk of the town, the good and the bad
with the reality shows of its own
Hip hop is mainstreamed
It sells, It molds,
It creates, It develops,
But it has responsibility

Note to one self: This is an article
Just an article
The revolution will not be televised or texted or IM’ed or Facebook’ed

When I fell in love with hip hop..
And like my parents before
I may wonder why their generations hip hop
seems more about partying and making money
and less about being conscious of
who you are and what legacy you leave to affect the next
But I want vex
Because I believe that
Hip hop is preparing for a shift
A shift into a new awareness of who we be
And knowing that money does not free you from being
Under privileged, colored, and denied.
It just provides
An outlet and resources to educate,
Motivate, participate in the process, and one day celebrate the victory
That’s what hip-hop is to me!
Note to one self: This is an article
Just an article
The revolution will not be televised or texted or IM’ed or Facebook’ed!
When I fell in love with hip hop..It was Hip Hop that kept me loving life itself.

Lover of Hip-Hop,
B-Arnold

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2 COMMENTS
  • [email protected] / March 15, 2015

    Love it. This took my back. Nostalgic memories.

  • Fee Stone / March 17, 2015

    True talent!! This is off the chain! This poem has definitely taken me back to my youth!! I was in LOVE with Easy E and NWA!! Two Thumbs Up!! No doubt B. Arnold!!

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