The Bossip 5: Killer Mike Breaks Down 5 Ways In Which Hip-Hop Has Made Black History

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Killer Mike

BOSSIP recently caught up with Mike Bigga (aka Killer Mike), and while talking about his new album PL3DGE (in stores April 19), we got into an interesting conversation about Black History and the Hip-Hop generation.

Asked what the significance of Black History is today, here’s what Mike had to offer:

Black History is important because Black people in America have no culture. Prior to Desegregation, we had culture. We had our own communities, we had our own businesses, we had our own system within which we took care of ourselves. With the dissemination of segregation, we gave up our culture in exchange for being fully integrated. Black communities are not policed by Black officers. The Black people who live in these communities don’t shop at Black stores because there are none, hence the Black dollar leaving the community and never coming back. And without that strong economic base, you don’t have a strong foundation for families, politics, commerce or culture, period.

What Black people have lost is a sense of culture. A lot of people think having a Black president is enough. But we still have a [Congressional] Black Caucus, meaning we don’t have enough Black members of Senate or Congress for us not to need a caucus. We don’t have enough representation in local politics. Most of us are happy to have a Black President as a hood ornament, but most of the decisions he makes don’t affect you on a daily basis. So we still have a long way to go.

But then, what is Hip-Hop’s roll in Black History? Flip through to check out five Black History facts every Hip-Hop head should know, courtesy of Mike Bigga.

Comments

  • GUCCIGREEN

    THAT WAS A VERY GOOD ARGUEMENT AND I JUST ABOUT AGREE. I FEEL LIKE AFER OUR GREAT LEADERS WERE GONE, WE JUST DECIDED TO GIVE UP. WHICH IS EVEN MORE SUPRISING ENOUGH WAS AROUND THE SAME TIME DRUGS HIT THE BLACK COMMUNITY REAL HARD, AND WERE STILL RECOVERING. I BELEIVE WE STILL HAVE CAN CHANGE BUT ITS SLOWELY DRIPPING OUT OF OUR HANDS.

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  • if anything be noble

    “And without that strong economic base, you don’t have a good foundation for families, politics, commerce or culture, period.” —- Ok I’m done but I say you don’t need a strong economic base to make culture. Hallelujah you don’t because if that were the case, we’da been stripped of our culture long time ago. That’s some Western thinking. Culture is what you do, who you are. The Eskimos have culture. African tribes in the Sahara have culture thousands of years old and they don’t need a thriving economic base to sustain it. Famines might strike, there might be drought, their cattle might die but their culture will live on, morph and grow. The people of Tibet don’t have to be wealthy to maintain their culture. Ok I’m done with this article but please know your culture is very much alive and shaping America (and the world.) You’re so full of culture that people copy you and look to you for cultural guidance. People want to be like you. People admire you. You change America. Know this.

  • killer Mike

    Nov.11 is hip hops born day.

    U Negros who go to black arts festivals and think u have culture are funny. U have China Towns,Polish Towns, German Towns little Italys and those folk own the churches, stores and have real cultural rituals for dating and mating etc. We used to have that now we don’t. John H. Clarke warned of this. You tube it some time. Salute and thanks for the misinformation.

  • ginobli

    man mike that dude always dropping on some science

  • if anything be noble

    That’s a cla-ss issue. Those rituals still exist in the lower Black middle and middle cla-sses by way of the institution of the Black church and by way of social clubs in the Black upper middle cla-ss (not to mention HBCUs, fraternities and sororities) And even lower clas.s Blackfolk have the Black church to perpetuate life’s Black rituals. These institutions have withstood Desegregation.

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