Saturday, July 03, 2004

Peace, Unity, Love, and Havin' Fun!

Afrika Bambatta

The following text taken from the Temple of Hip Hop:

Peace, NOUN:
1. The absence of war or other hostilities. 2. An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities. 3. Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations: roommates living in peace with each other. 4. Public security and order: was arrested for disturbing the peace. 5. Inner contentment; serenity: peace of mind.

-Unity, NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. u·ni·ties
1. The state or quality of being one; singleness. 2. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony. 3a. The combination or arrangement of parts into a whole; unification. b. A combination or union thus formed. 4. Singleness or constancy of purpose or action; continuity: “In an army you need unity of purpose” (Emmeline Pankhurst). 5a. An ordering of all elements in a work of art or literature so that each contributes to a unified aesthetic effect. b. The effect thus produced. 6. One of the three principles of dramatic structure derived by French neoclassicists from Aristotle's Poetics, stating that a drama should have but one plot, which should take place in a single day and be confined to a single locale. 7. Mathematics a. The number 1. b. See identity element.

-Love, NOUN:
1. A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. 2. A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance. 3a. Sexual passion. b. Sexual intercourse. c. A love affair. 4. An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object. 5. A person who is the object of deep or intense affection or attraction; beloved. Often used as a term of endearment. 6. An expression of one's affection: Send him my love. 7a. A strong predilection or enthusiasm: a love of language. b. The object of such an enthusiasm: The outdoors is her greatest love. 8. Love Mythology Eros or Cupid. 9. often Love Christianity Charity. 10. Sports A zero score in tennis.

-Fun, NOUN:
1. A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure. 2. Enjoyment; amusement: have fun at the beach. 3. Playful, often noisy, activity.


One of the founding fathers and leaders in the Hiphop community (Afrika Bambaataa), as well as KRS-ONE and the Temple of Hiphop promote this ideal in the music and overstandings. Peace, Unity, Love, and Having Fun.

The upper class elite has tried to keep the working class divided throughout history. They've done this in labor (giving some groups better wages and working conditions), real estate (red lining), education (segregation & inequalities in education), etc. This serves their best interest. They know if we (all "races") united we'd be so powerful they that they would have no choice but to succumb to our needs, i.e. living wages, adequate housing, healthcare, etc.

This goes for Hiphop as well, some people want to keep it divided, for whatever reason, even people on this forum. If we unite, no matter who, what, where, when started Hiphop, we could recognize our fundamental differences and see that we want the same things. Hiphop would be such a powerful force that no one could stop the needs of Hiphoppas, but if we stay divided that will never happen. Do you think labor would've got the eight hour work day or the weekend had labor not united into unions, the answer is hell no!

What are reasons people would want to keep Hiphop divided?

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