"Growing Old": Will the Hip-Hop Generation ever grow up? Do we have to?
"Fat titties turn to teardrops as fat ass turns to flab
Sores that was open wounds eventually turn to scab
Trees bright and green turn yellow brown
Autumn caught em, see all them leaves must fall down, growin old"
(repeat 3X)--Outkast, ATLiens:"Growing Old" (1996)
what was this youngbwoy thinking?: did he even realize the gravity of his comments?: i'm sitting on my porch the other nite with one of my bwoys and some little knuckle-head youngbwoy nods at us and says somewhat endearingly: "whats up ole-heads?"; i'm thinking bwoooy ill beat your little azz; i can probably out dance you, out dress you, and out Mack you: little punk!; then it hit us both, we are gettin older; i'm 33, my bwoy 32, and we are a-part of a generation that does not really know how to grow-up; on some levels, the Hip-Hop generation doesnt feel it has to;
i mean, lets keep it real: Hip-Hop culture belongs to the Hip-Hop generation; most of the fashion, music, style, language, technologies these youngguns celebrate...we started, and popularized this shyt!: shaggy pants, fitteds, cell-phones, video games, "360s" (all around deep waves); "throw-backs"; we were the first to play video games and use cell phones; we took baggy, used, clothes to a whole-notha level; basketball shoes; Jordans; big Tees; again, this is all our shyt; lets not even mention music and dance; Hip-Hop, Rap, we hold the patent to its popularity; Chicago Footworkers; New Orleans "Pussy-Popping"; "Jackin" and "Juking"; "Break Dancing"; this, and much much more of Hip-Hop is all ours: The Hip-Hop Generation; the younguns have laid claim to our culture and identity; they wont let us grow-older in peace and comfort and without a fight;
Jay-Z in suits; Kanye going prep-ie; Master P still in his jersey, fitteds, and baggy jeans; grown-azz women in "Baby-Phat" shirts, skirts, and jeans; these men and women represent a Generation struggling to find its "grown-up" identity; will the Hip-Hop Generation ever grow-up?; do we have to? what the hell would this look like?: old-azz men in baggy jeans, listening to gangsta rap music, and playing PlayStation?; old women in Rocawear pajamas?; what a sight it would/will be? that young-bwoy didnt know the half of what he was saying to us last night; maybe he did?; maybe something in his sub-consciousness was telling us to grow-up; to be the Men/Women his generations wants to look up to, that they want to immulate; but when they look they only see equally as immature reflections of themselves. Uhuru!
"The problem with modern conceptualizations is it leaves no room for other sources of knowledge...The Kemetic concept approaches the process of knowing from a more 'common sense' approach. Ultimately knowing is the result of a divine, universal, and intergenerational conversation among God the creator, the cosmos, nature and the creatures of the earth, especially human beings...the process of human creativity is an imitation or rather repitition of divine creativity."--Jacob Carruthers