Hip Hop’s (Unspoken) Ten Commandments

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Source: The Psychological Covert War on Hip Hop, by Professor Griff.

1- THOU MUST DIS BLACK WOMEN AND MEN.

You must refer to your significant other as a “bitch” or a “nigga” in an endearing way. You must only see them as an object for sex.


2- THOU MUST KILL.

You must “lyrically” take the life of at least 1 other black person in order to secure a hit CD. You must only talk about killing your own kind.


3- THOU MUST COVET.

Thou must talk about lusting after things that do not belong to you. You must never promote a strong work ethic in your music.


4- THOU MUST HAVE A LOT OF SEX.

You cannot express a deep sense of love or marriage. You can never promote agape love in your community or promote the black family in a positive light.


5- THOU MUST CELEBRATE THE DRUG CULTURE.

You must continually suggest that selling drugs produces the only legitimate income for impoverished black people. All music videos must glamorize this lifestyle or prison living.


6- THOU MUST RARELY TALK ABOUT GOD AND SPIRITUALITY.

Your fans should believe that the only gods are sex and money.


7- THOU MUST PROMOTE CAPITALISM.

Your lyrics must always place money over love, women, and spirituality. You must promote individual wealth over community wealth.


8- THOU CANNOT HAVE A SENSE OF HISTORY.

Never refer to any historical event that may have caused the consumer to think about his/her history. Never mention any revolutionaries unless you are making fun of their names or causes.


9- THOU MUST NOT ADVOCATE.

Your lyrics must reflect a detachment from the social, political, and economic reality of your community. You can never participate in interviews, rallies, marches, etc. that have nothing to do with the entertainment industry.


10- THOU MUST PROMOTE ALL THINGS GHETTO.

You must lyrically create a fictional account of ghetto living and a sense of pride among its residents. The ghetto must become a magical place and be attributed only to black people.


(10 Commandments by Stephanie Gadlin)

Full disclosure, I’ve read this entire book and although it does share some truth, it also includes other interesting claims and some flat out conspiracy theories. It also has a lot of typographical and grammatical errors, which is absurd in today’s era. The reader is forced to weave through it all and sort out the good from the bad.

 

 

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