Hip hop has come a long way since its inception in the early 1970s. From humble beginnings in the form of block parties and underground radio shows, it has become one of the most popular and influential musical genres worldwide. But what happened to the original message of hip hop? How did it become the slave narrative of negativism, sensationalism, and blatant disrespect that it is today? To answer this question, we must look to its originators – those who paved the way for the global phenomenon we know as hip hop today.
Afrika Bambaataa is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of hip hop culture. He considered hip hop to be a whole culture, encompassing elements such as emceeing, djaying, fashion, funk, groove, and beat. The combined power of these cultural aspects is something that should never be underestimated. With this combination came a voice for those who were not being heard – a message that still resonates with millions of people around the globe.
Unfortunately, over time this powerful message has been lost amongst many other messages within hip hop music – messages that range from violence and misogyny to extravagance and materialism. It’s time to get back on track and focus on what was originally intended: Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun. This sentiment was best expressed in acclaimed documentary ‘The Freshest Kids’, which chronicles the history and evolution of hip hop culture from its roots in South Bronx through to its worldwide influence today.
This documentary showcases some of hip hops most influential players including Afrika Bambaataa himself as they share their stories about how they created a movement from nothing but beats and rhymes. By watching this film you will gain an understanding into how hip hop evolved throughout its history – appreciating both its highs and lows along the journey – while learning how important it is to stay true to its core principles: Peace Love Unity & Having Fun! So don’t miss out – watch ‘The Freshest Kids’ now!