Let’s See If I Know Da Ledge…
The above picture is of The Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace.
One of the major purposes of The SoulReservoir is to familiarize it’s readers with the original songs that get sampled and re-crafted into the hits we hear today in various media outlets. TSR‘s mission has been to bring those original songs to light and in doing so, show the creativity of the Producers, DJ’s and Emcee’s that take time to “Dig In The Crates” on their quest to enhance the sound spectrum. By taking up this “sonic mission” they honor the genius of that original artist’s musical work.
It’s a large task to educate the masses and I knew I would be hard pressed to accomplish this alone, so in a partnership with my good friends Molly and Lucia at WPVM in Asheville, NC, I am working on a new project towards that effort in this new year of change.
Molly and Lucia have been hosting their radio show, “Drop Beats not Bombs” at WPVM for a number of years and so far they have done an excellent job in showcasing underground and conscious Hip-Hop in not only America but other countries as well like Japan, New Zealand, France, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, Mexico, Sudan, Jamaica, Samoa, Niue, The Netherlands and beyond in their effort to give listeners a broader view of how the genre has sprouted roots worldwide.
Molly and I went to High School together and reconnected on Facebook. Once we spoke again through the power of social media, we realized that we had Hip-Hop in common and she invited me to call into the show for an interview about TSR with Lucia and herself.
I was a little shaky with the Q&A but hey, it was my first time doing something like that, so cut me some slack. Either way, we felt good about that interview so we all put our heads together to create a show segment for DBNB aptly titled “Know Da Ledge” using the Rakim song of the same name from the “Juice” soundtrack. Of course we chose that name for the same double meaning that the 18th Letter Emcee bestowed upon it with that classic.
Hold up, let’s get that straight first. Please don’t tell me you haven’t heard it or seen the movie!
Ok, looks like it’s time for…Hip-Hop PSA #1:
You cannot claim to be a follower/listener/lover of Hip-Hop and have a deficiency in the viewing or rudimentary knowledge of the milestone that “Juice” was for the genre. Just that alone would constitute an Auto-FAIL! (Not to be confused with Auto-Tune!) It’s like saying you love Hip-Hop but have never seen any House Party movie or at the very least Class Act. It’s just not done. It’s just one of those basic “I Love Hip-Hop” things you need have to know.
It’s not like I’m asking you to name the movie Bunz and his crew were watching, after robbing the club in the opening scene of Belly. You know the scene, where the TV is on and it’s showing a grubby little kid wearing rabbit ears and then two other grubby kids wearing Cowboy outfits, begin to curse Rabbit boy out, shoot at him with cap guns and then continue to call him everything but a child of God:
It’s called Gummo and is titled after the nickname of one of the lesser known Marx Brothers. It also starred a young Chloë Sevigny, now of Big Love fame, who also starred in Kids with Rosario Dawson. But you knew all that already didn’t you?
Let’s just stop there shall we? We don’t need to go any further Down The Wormhole just yet.
And since TSR is all about learning and we want everyone to be on the same page, here is Hip-Hop PSA #2:
Eric B & Rakim – “Know The Ledge“:
With “Know Da Ledge“, we are wanting listeners to do just that, show what they know about Hip-Hop by listening to the original song, thinking about the hints we give about the song that it was sampled for and if correctly answered, winning a genre related prize to further establish that they indeed “Know Da Ledge“. Of course there are also the bragging rights too as it it not always easy to pick out the sample and relate it to a recent song when put on the spot.
We think this will be a good way to introduce listeners (already in the know about Hip-Hop and those just getting their feet minds wet) to one or more of the Principles of Hip-Hop Kulture and to also do our part to enlighten the masses so they may continue to gain an Overstanding.
So every Saturday night make sure to stream us live at WPVM from 8-10 pm EST. Just click on the red On-Air button. Or if you just happen to miss the live show, don’t worry cause the archive stream for that airing will be available after midnight for one full week.
If you aren’t familiar with The Hip-Hop Declaration of Peace, here is a rundown:
Hiphop (Hip´Hop) is a term that describes our independent collective consciousness. Ever growing, it is commonly expressed through such elements as Breakin, Emceein, Graffiti Art, Deejayin, Beatboxin, Street Fashion, Street Language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism. Wherever and whenever these and future elements and expressions of Hiphop Kulture manifest; this Hiphop Declaration of Peace shall advise the use and interpretation of such elements, expressions and lifestyle.
Hiphop Kulture respects the dignity and sanctity of life without discrimination or prejudice. Hiphoppas shall thoroughly consider the protection and the development of life, over and before the individual decision to destroy or seek to alter its natural development.
Hiphop Kulture respects the Laws and agreements of its culture, its country, its institutions and whomever it does business with. Hiphop does not irresponsibly break Laws and commitments.
Hiphop is a term that describes our independent collective consciousness. As a conscious way of life, we acknowledge our influence on society, especially on children; and we shall forever keep the rights and welfare of both in mind. Hiphop Kulture encourages womanhood, manhood, sisterhood, brotherhood, childhood and family. We are conscious not to bring any intentional disrespect that jeopardizes the dignity and reputation of our children, elders and ancestors.
The ability to define, defend and educate ourselves is encouraged, developed, preserved, protected and promoted as a means toward peace and prosperity, and toward the protection and the development of our self-worth. Through knowledge of purpose and the development of our natural and learned skills, Hiphoppas are encouraged to always present their best work and ideas.
Hiphop Kulture honors no relationship, person, event, act or otherwise wherein the preservation and further development of Hiphop’s culture, principles and elements are not considered or respected. Hiphop Kulture does not participate in activities that clearly destroy or alter its ability to productively and peacefully exist. Hiphoppas are encouraged to initiate and participate in fair trade and honesty in all negotiations and transactions.
The essence of Hiphop is beyond entertainment: The elements of Hiphop Kulture may be traded for money, honor, power, respect, food, shelter, information and other resources; however, Hiphop and its culture cannot be bought, nor is it for sale. It (Hiphop) cannot be transferred or exchanged by or to anyone for any compensation at any time or at any place. Hiphop is not a product. Hiphop is the priceless principle of our self-empowerment.
Companies, corporations, non and not-for-profit organizations, as well as individuals and groups that are clearly benefiting from the use, interpretation and/or exploitation of the term Hiphop, (i.e. Hip Hop, hip-hop,) and the expressions and terminologies of Hiphop, (i.e. Hip Hop, hip-hop,) are encouraged to commission and/or employ a full-time or part-time certified Hiphop Kultural Specialist to interpret and answer sensitive cultural questions regarding the principles and proper presentations of Hiphop’s elements and culture; relative to businesses, individuals, organizations, communities, cities, as well as other countries.
May 3rd is Rap Music Day. Hiphoppas are encouraged to dedicate their own time and talent to self-development and for service to their communities. Every third week in May is Hiphop Appreciation Week. During this time, Hiphoppas are encouraged to honor their ancestors, reflect upon their cultural contributions and appreciate the elements and principles of Hiphop Kulture. November is Hiphop History Month. During this time Hiphoppas are encouraged to participate in the creating, learning and honoring of Hiphop’s history and historical cultural contributors.
Hiphoppas are encouraged to build meaningful and lasting relationships that rest upon Love, trust, equality and respect. Hiphoppas are encouraged not to cheat, abuse, or deceive their friends.
The Hiphop community exists as an international culture of consciousness that provides all races, tribes, religions and styles of people a foundation for the communication of their best ideas and works. Hiphop Kulture is united as one multi-skilled, multi-cultural, multi-faith, multi-racial people committed to the establishment and the development of peace.
Hiphop Kulture does not intentionally or voluntarily participate in any form of hate, deceit, prejudice or theft at any time. At no time shall Hiphop Kulture engage in any violent war within itself. Those who intentionally violate the principles of this Declaration of Peace or intentionally reject its advice, forfeit by their own actions the protections set forth herein.
Hiphop Kulture rejects the immature impulse for unwarranted acts of violence and always seeks diplomatic, non-violent strategies in the settlement of all disputes. Hiphoppas are encouraged to consider forgiveness and understanding before any act of retaliation. War is reserved as a final solution when there is evidence that all other means of diplomatic negotiation have failed repeatedly.
Hiphoppas are encouraged to eliminate poverty, speak out against injustice and shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world. Hiphop Kulture supports a dialogue and action that heals divisions in society, addresses the legitimate concerns of humankind and advances the cause of peace.
Hiphoppas respect and learn from the ways of Nature, regardless of where we are on this planet. Hiphop Kulture holds sacred our duty to contribute to our own survival as independent, free-thinking beings in and throughout the Universe. This planet, commonly known as Earth is our nurturing parent and Hiphoppas are encouraged to respect Nature and all creations and inhabitants of Nature.
Hiphop’s pioneers, legends, teachas, elders, and ancestors shall not be inaccurately quoted, misrepresented, or disrespected at anytime. No one should profess to be a Hiphop pioneer or legend unless they can prove with facts and/or witnesses their credibility and contributions to Hiphop Kulture.
Hiphoppas are encouraged to share resources. Hiphoppas should give as freely and as often as possible. It is the duty of every Hiphoppa to assist, whenever possible, in the relief of human suffering and in the correction of injustice. Hiphop is shown the highest respect when Hiphoppas respect each other. Hiphop Kulture is preserved, nurtured and developed when Hiphoppas preserve, nurture and develop one another.
Hiphop Kulture maintains a healthy, caring and wealthy, central Hiphop guild – fully aware and invested with the power to promote, teach, interpret, modify and defend the principles of this Hiphop Declaration of Peace.
Also here is a Video for all of the visual learners, narrated by KRS One and featuring some of the best known names in Hip-Hop:
If you want to sign the online petition to help enforce the declaration, you can do that here. You should really do that.