There has always been a controversial argument on the effects of hip-hop music and its impact within a community. Does it fuel violence? Or has it become a way for an individual to put that violence into art form for others around them to understand. From rappers such as Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., there are meanings to be pointed out in the message of a rap song. No, not all hip-hop is all about fast cars, money, and living the high life with as many women as possible. There’s a side to hip-hop that many people seem to look passed.
That message is honesty. That message is truth.
That message is a story.
Despite the blame placed on the rap world that it does nothing but stir up violence in a society and exploit women and money, it’s crucial for we as the audience to be open to the other side of hip-hop: the one that tells a story of political and economic oppression. And the one that tells the story of the individual that’s holding the microphone.
Professor Griff is an American rapper, spoken word artist, and a public speaker. He’s known for being one of the members of the hip-hop group, Public Enemy and the author of the popular music business guide, “Musick Bizness R.I.P.” Since parting with Public Enemy, Professor Griff continues being an avid lecturer. Many have found that his lectures have brought the chance to change the lives of those who listen, bringing them spiritual and personal growth. Professor Griff shows the world that hip-hop is not just about living large, but living with open ears, open eyes, and an open mind.
On February 10, join Salem State for our 7th Annual Hip Hop Summit at 6pm at Vet’s Hall on the Ellison Campus Center. Join us as we listen to the Evolution of the Hip Hop Revolution with our guest speaker, Professor Griff.
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