Who are you really? Who do you model yourself after? Are you a product and accumulation of the behaviors you mimic from television, movies, music and religion? Are you the stereotype characterized in a file cabinet in a county courthouse, or some marketing research firm? Who gives meaning to your name when it is spoken? Does your name have any real meaning beyond an identity designation, not unlike the random group of numbers assigned to a prisoner? What does your daily work and sacrifice say about your character? Whoever classifies your character, name and purpose outside your Self, is truly the one in control of who you are.
Have you created your own destiny or was it created for you to follow by someone else? In Hip Hop, we name and define ourselves.
This book is a collection of essays, articles, blogs and FaceBook posts about the culture and consciousness of what we call Hip Hop. Some of these posts are recent while others go back to 2008. All are relevant today and speak to the decline in rap music and the importance of the underground culture as the source of True School Hip Hop. There are a few guest quotes posted during discussions by people, who were at least, friends at the time they were commenting. Some of the spelling was edited for clarity, but kept to its original intent. There are also a few discussions about artists or something they said in a verse or on an interview in the media. The title itself,
“Hip Hop know what I’m sayin” can be looked at as both a question or a statement. As a question, the book is called ‘Hip Hop’, know what I’m saying? But as a statement, it is projected with confidence in the knowledge that a true believer in the values of Hip Hop will know what I’m saying.