We are also going up against a host of community leaders that don't have a clue on how to deal with youth issues. This is where the MC's come in to straighten things out and give clues about frustrations and where their headspaces are. A lot of our leaders do not listen to our young people, they hear us, but they don't listen. This I feel is why they keep on missing our points and the communication gap keeps on growing further apart. Hip Hop need to become a more important player in this field, which is why I always make the point of becoming organized. In that respect we will have a better position, stronger influence and a better platform to work and get our points across. Our culture will always be misrepresented; candy coated and watered down if we don't get serious about issues that knock us off balance from time to time. A point that I am trying to make is- why do a rapper want to spit in circles where he or she will only be heard by a limited amounted people and in most cases to heads with the same issues and subject matter. (nothing wrong with exchanging ideas, swapping notes or presenting fresh lyrics). Our objectives should be to reach the masses and the ears of those in influential positions. We cannot excel with a half ass mad rapper temperament and expect to be taken serious.
Many cats have signed deals, but ended up being mad because things did not go as expected. In this game you have to be realistic with a clear plan and a safety net. Waiting for us is world that’s ready to be engaged, if we don’t go out prepared and equipped, chances are that we will be going in circles forever. We need to support one another and stop holding people back that are making moves because they are opening doors and giving us experiences we can learn from. I know more heads will release albums and do great projects this year because we have built a great pathway. Get involved and be a part of the growing process and please make valued criticisms and not that brainless sour grape bullsh…..t floating around on many chat rooms.
I wish Mzansi well and may we go from strength to strength.
DJ Ready D