Black Culture, more explicitly than many other cultures, is dependent and inseparable from its music; music is used in rituals of all ages and as a monitor for the people’s state of being. Knowing this, as well as the fact that Hip-Hop is music, Hip-Hop is an irreplaceable part of Black culture.
When one sees the role that music has played for Africans in the Diaspora it becomes ever-clearer that the tales of dehabilitation and misery as well as those of hope and love that come from Hip-Hop are the results of music’s role in the Black community. But when confronted with this statement many take aim at the negative messages shown in the media through use of our music, claiming that Hip-hop is hurting the Black community and is a cancerous part of our culture. This cannot be true. When a human body is infected with a disease that disease is visible through the effects shown by one (or many) of its organs. The body, representing Black culture, and the organs, elements of that culture, must comply to that very same system; when Black culture is under attack by a hoard of vices, greed, jealousy, and pride to name a few, it is through music that we make ourselves aware of the attack.
We must be solution oriented. When one has a headache the cause of the headache is what must be addressed, however in America we seek to hide the side-effects because they are the initial sources of pain. Instead of following this mode of operation and black-listing Hip-Hop because it is painful, we must identify the cause(s) of this pain; we must protect our culture from assimilation and heed the warning that Hip-Hop is providing.