I was inspired to write this post after I observed all that the hip-hop community was doing to get everyone out to register and vote in this historic election. In case you couldn’t tell I am a product of hip-hop. As I have grown into an adult so has hip-hop. Overtime, The culture has matured and learned to take responsibility for important issues that affect our lives. Not only am I happy to be living during this historic time. I am happy to be part of Hip Hop. Believe it or not we could all learn a lot from hip-hop.
Here are three principles I call the C.M.P.’s of hip-hop.
Change – hip hop has been around now for thirty plus years. In the beginning many said the music was a fad and it would not be around long. Well, we see they were obviously wrong about that. Hip hop has survived these thirty plus years because it is not just music it’s a culture and the music changes with the times and is adaptable to all genres of music.
Mogul – Your passion cannot be your only form of revenue. Create and own your own brand. Then diversify your brand by creating other enterprises. Jay-Z and Diddy are perfect examples of this. They have created several multi million dollars enterprises with their brands. Diddy is the ultimate hip hop mogul. His brands include a record label, clothing line and Vodka to name a few.
Philanthropy – Hip Hop has heart and many artists have foundations and give back to the communities they grew up in. Fifty cent is one artist that seems to be doing a lot for the south Jamaica neighborhood her grew up in. I recently heard he’s building a community garden in his old neighborhood and has other projects planned for his old neighborhood.
This is a historic time and I am happy to be a part of it!!!!!