Homecoming or Homecoonin’:
HBCUs Save Hip Hop?
Minista Paul Scott
so self conscious/has no idea what she’s doin’ in college”
Falls Down- Kanye West
the block, he was once known as “Big Ferg,” now ,after a couple of years at
Hillman College he prefers to go by his government name, Hamilton Winston
Ferguson III . He no longer has time to kick it with the homies like he did back
in the day. Nah, he’s too busy discussing philosophy, economics and heavy
intellectual stuff with his new upwardly mobile college chums. However, every
homecoming weekend you can find him in the club gettin’ tipsy and rockin’ to
Rick Ross. No different than the brothers on the block he left
that time of year again. A time for football, elections and most importantly,
college homecomings. Matter of fact, at most HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges
and Universities) homecoming even surpasses graduation weekend as the social
event of the year.
the question that I have always had is, how do our institutions of “higher
learning” always manage to find the lowest form of entertainment for their
homecoming shows? Is there some unwritten rule that you have to get straight
ig’nant every homecoming weekend ?
get me wrong. I get it. After spending four hours a day slavin’ over books in
boring classes, every homecoming weekend (or in many cases, every single
weekend) students feel the need to get their party on and blow off some steam.
But some people have to cope with harder situations. What about the Brothers and
Sisters trapped in the ‘hood who say that the reason that they walk around with
a 40 and a blunt all day, with Gucci Mane blastin’ through their headphones is
to escape the pain of ghetto life ?
is sad is that Black colleges have always been viewed as the breeding grounds
for future leaders who are gonna take African Americans to the next level. So
why do they support rappers who are hell bent on leading our children down a
path of destruction by paying them major dollars to perform at their homecoming
shows every year?
to popular belief , Hip Hop artists (unless they are 50 Cent status )don’t make
their money from cd sells. The newer artists make their dollars by touring clubs
and college campuses. And homecoming season is their time for
although, we try to blame the current state of Hip Hop on Hen-Dog from the ‘hood
who is always downloading Waka Flocka Flame cds or Lil Bobby from the ‘burb’s
who gets 15 dollars from mumsy very Tuesday to vicariously rep the ‘hood through
Lil Wayne, the real culprits are the college brainiacs who actually bankroll the
mysogynistic, minstrel murda music.
like to give rappers like Chief Keef a pass, sayin’ that they are just reppin’
their hoods. Problem is, if you are reading this while chillin’ in your dorm
room, listening to a Chief Keef mixtape ,you ain’t. Actually, you are guilty of
exploiting the people who really have to live that way for your own
college students are supposed to be representing the best hopes and aspirations
of an entire race. Although many students are beatin’ people over the head this
fall about how our ancestors “died for our right to vote” what about those who
died for our right to read a book ? What is your responsibility to
is not to say that all college students have neglected their
in 2004, a group of women at Spelman College, protested against Nelly’s
causing the rapper to
abort his visit to the campus instead of facing the music. Also, back in 2009,
students at FAMU and NC A@T demanded to know why their student funds were going
towards modern day minstrel shows.
responsibility also rests on Black students on predominantly white college
campuses ,as they also have the worst forms of Hip Hop at their homecoming
events. If Black college students on these campuses allow rappers to run across
stage droppin’ the N bomb all homecoming night they should not be upset when
their college professors greet Biffy the next Monday morning with “ good morning
Mr Armstrong, “ but give Tyrone a fist bump and say, “what up my
Black college students really change Hip Hop. Of course they can.
are many examples of entertainers who became superstars based solely on the
support that they received from white college campuses.( Hootie and the Blowfish
being just one example.) They even created their own genre called Frat Rock.
That begs the question, why have Black college students not rallied behind
political Hip Hop artists that kick knowledge instead of supporting every hot
new artist on the radio talkin’ nonsense? Maybe they could create a genre called
HBCU Hip Hop that represents the mission statement of their
perhaps they could use their Hip Hop classes for forums to develop ways to use
rap music as a way to make social, political and economic changes in society
instead of a way to get an easy A or kill time discussing who is the greatest
lyricist of all-time, Jay Z or Biggie?
Fortunately, on every campus, there is
always that courageous person who is not afraid to speak the truth. There is
that small group that appreciates real Hip Hop. Somewhere ,there is an
underground organization that is willing to go all out, to make sure that Black
children have a future. This is the movement that will bring change. And when
those revolutionists link up with like minds on other campuses, you will see not
only a change in Hip Hop, but the condition of the Black community ,in
most college students are tryin’ too hard to be like “the streets” instead of
inspiring the streets to be like them.
told us back in the day that “follow
the leader is the title, theme task." But
what happens when there are no leaders to follow?
Minista Paul Scott’s weekly column is “This Ain’t Hip Hop,” a column for
intelligent Hip Hop headz. For more information on the No Warning Shots Fired
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