Living Legends such as Patti Labelle, McCoy Tyner, Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, James Taylor and so many others all have one thing in common....THEY STAYED TRUE TO THEMSELVES and TRUE TO THEIR ART!
So what if labels dropped them....so what if they went from stardom to obscurity and then back to stardom or near that again. The point is that in music or in any form of entertainment the heart and soul of the artist who's delivering their talent to the people has to be at their BEST! Their best means saying and doing exactly what they feel and not allowing anyone to encroach on their ability to grow and move beyond the thinking of labels, but to get to the fans what they love best. Which opens another can of worms....Jay Z and LL Cool J.
Yet again we are at the crossroads of controversy in Art and Entertainment because of politics. Need I remind us that as a fellow person in the industry and a citizen of a free Nation THERE ARE RULES. Respect is the first one and what follows after that is a laundry list of do's and don'ts particularly being Black and in America. First off, Jay Z did what was necessary to travel to Cuba! He saw a place, had a plan and took his family. I don't know when's the last time politicians cared about what Black folks do anyway! Oh yeah, I forgot....they actually do watch everything....Khalid Muhammad was talked about on the Senate floor; the new documentary, "Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners" tells of their direct spying; and let's not forget The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is still banned in places like Israel and the UK....So, what should that tell us? I'll let you think on that....
As for LL....what are you thinking bro? Only time will tell what this is about "Accidental Racist". It's important to see that all that we, the fans and artists built in the early days of Hip Hop goes for nothing when we sit and say nothing or rather produce garbage just for money. When we produce without believing that our art has an impact on the lives of those who listen then we do a grave disservice to those who really look to us to help shape today's current events.
I remember when HIP HOP was the sound of the streets talking. We didn't have radio to help us or shows backed by corporate dollars. What we had was each other.....Each one pulling the other up in the game. Whether it was controversial or fun we still looked to polish our own act plus others in the game. We were boro's against boro's , but we still had each other; we were city to city; shoulder to shoulder; back to back and then some. There were B-Boys and B-Girls; MC's and DJ's who had nothing to lose, but everything to gain because we were the heart, soul, ears and voices that spoke into the pain of our loss in schools and homes across America. We sought comfort in the mics, turntables, parties and dancing....when it was all said and done the handwriting was on the wall....
THE ENEMY WAS WATCHING ALL ALONG!
They saw an industry to take over and we just saw ourselves creating a way out of pain. Whether financially, socially, psychologically or otherwise Hip Hop was a vehicle to take us places we never thought we'd go, but then we lost our souls in the process and claimed a victory that is now a nightmare.
Ok, ok, I know some of you are like, "DAMN! She's going at it", but when you love something or someone you work hard to save it. Long hours whether you're broke or not because in the end you just might save it for the next generation.....Hip Hop We Love You and we want to preserve its authenticity for those who will come it take it higher....
So, to those who are in the industry that just see this as money....You and the money will soon depart from one another if your intentions are foul. You can't create anything if your mind is destructive to the art because the fans will reject it sooner or later.
To those on the destructive path you may have thought that you won, but the REAL FAM IS STANDING UP and TAKING NO SHORTS...you may have the studios on lock, but there's also social media; online radio; venues that won't book you and Oh! Those artists who you charge to get on the stage with you are going to start taking their business elsewhere.....So consider this an open call for REAL ARTISTS to be on the QMediaNation Show!
If you believe that you are a LEGEND IN THE MAKING this is what we need from you.....REAL MUSIC that is not about your sex organs, how many people whom you believe or have killed (except on the mic), Raw Talent that's also out there gaining attention and fans; YOU ACTUALLY SELL MUSIC and not just a Datpiff.com artist (still got love for you, but we want to see that you're making it beyond Datpiff); You can come on the show and tell what you're doing in your community to uplift and build and of course.....IF YOU REALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE!
Aight I'm outta here.....Peace
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