One of my biggest discoveries was realizing that there are effective ways to express ourselves without words. You can express yourself by channeling your energy into something productive and meaningful. Most likely into something physical and artistic. I have Hip Hop to thank for this realization.
Thinking back to how I got introduced to Hip Hop – it’s a plain story. To summarize in one sentence; I had no flair for music, until I heard the Redman track “Da Goodness” in the year 1999. Then it all started.
Little did I know that my life after that would change drastically.
Real Hip Hop offers a way to change lives
To start, I had zero confidence as a teenager. Due to a severe stutter, I found it hard to communicate with others. As a result, my anxieties went through the roof.
It was only through engaging in Hip Hop, and the culture that surrounds it, that I found a way to release any negative energy I had.
Over time this gave me mental clarity, confidence, a new sense of self, and fluent speech. Fast forward to today and I’m on a mission to enlighten that truthful hip hop is beneficial to the soul.
I read an estimate from YoungMinds in the UK who claim that over 80,000 UK youths are severely depressed.
These numbers must drop – but how?
To me, Real Hip Hop is the answer. It’s an uncommon belief that can be of great benefit to people’s health & well-being. Most likely due to mainstream media interpretations.
However, through my own personal experiences (and researches online) I see it as a great necessity in society today. Sadly it is underappreciated and undervalued as a way of expression and as a source of unlimited creativity.
Proficiency in any skill leads to confidence. In Hip Hop there are 4 main elements/outlets of expression: Break dancing, DJing, MCing (Rapping), and Writing (Graffiti). All perceived to be difficult to do but are easier to learn that we think. Plus, with competitive battles being an integral part of Hip Hop, your skills are always tested. Which is a great way to improve, and leads to building confidence.
Alleviates anxieties and improves social skills
Real Hip Hop is a social culture which has roots in parties and community events. Its multicultural ethos allows for a sense of belonging between people of all ages & ethnicity. This is extremely important to consider. Lack of a sense of belonging has been identified as a leading cause of male suicide.
Hip Hop offers the opportunity to escape current struggles in life. A sentiment that rings true from countless people I’ve met, from different parts of society, at various events & concerts. It’s also a highly effective coping mechanism.
In addition, it’s also a creative culture. With creative thinking being a core component in every element. A highly sought skill that 82% of US college-educated professionals wish they developed as students (Source: Creativity At Work).
All in all, there is a lot to gain from engaging in Hip Hop. It has allowed me to experience life in ways I never imagined. When you immerse yourself in real hip hop, and its associated events, you will feel a positive change.
Lastly, and most importantly. Real Hip Hop shows total reverence to a Sovereign Deity. Which in turn helps the Soul and provides more belief in a Supreme Being.
Like me for example, I am a believing Christian not just because I gave my life to Christ. No. I believed because Hip Hop opened my inner understanding of Truth through various dope Christian & yes Secular eMCees and personal studies with the Bible and the Net.
So, real hip hop benefits. Know that…..
GOD BLESS. Peace
About the author
Dablacceinstein is a rap artiste, a hip hop observer and a human rap music encyclopedia who is driven by the practice of the true culture. He was inducted into HipHopHead as a contributor in October 2017.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of HipHopHead