Thank Hip Hop (Digital Single)

by Rabbi Darkside

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"Thank Hip Hop" written and performed by Rabbi Darkside. Produced by Lotus.

"Thank Hip Hop Remix" featuring Mista Mayday, Hired Gun, Angel D, Appl Juic, Farbeon, Rabbi D, Doron Lev, Dyalekt & Caits Meissner. Produced by Mista Mayday & Unpaid Bill. Saxophone by Kevin Thornton.

On May 4, 2010 an inflammatory, obtusely racist and derogatory attack was made against Hip Hop Pedagogy and Arts Education in the form of a right-wing conservative blog titled "HipHop Curriculum: Your Day in the DeeKline of PublicK SKoOL EdYOOKayshun" by Debbie Schlussel. The spark for her rage was the announcement of the 2010 Hip Hop Summer Institute and Teacher Training at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (her alma mater). The posting was met with 100+ eloquent, informed and inspiring responses from the Hip Hop community.

After watching the comments stream in all day, I opted to head to Prospect Park and craft an artistic response. What resulted was the song "Thank Hip Hop." After writing and recording the original version I reached out to my comrades in Hip Hop Arts Education and we got together (across boroughs, state borders and oceans) to collaborate on the "Thank Hip Hop Remix." The results of both are available here for free download.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

DOWNLOAD and TELL A FRIEND
It's a free download, so grab it and pass on the link. The point of this is to continue having dialogue around the antiquated education system still in place in this country. The status quo largely relies on keeping the underprivileged under-informed, under the thumb and under the influence. Hip Hop has proven transcendental, and these songs are a reflection of its transformative power. Spread the gospel.

REMIX IT
Producers: this a call to you. The acapellas with BPMs for both songs are included as downloads. This page is a living monument to "Thanking Hip Hop" and I would like the tracklist to grow with your remix submissions. Email your remixes to rabbidarkside@yahoo.com for consideration.

SUPPORT HIP HOP ARTS EDUCATION
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www.urbanartbeat.org
www.urbanwordnyc.org
www.myfreshprep.org



THANK HIP HOP.
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released June 7, 2010

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Rabbi Darkside Brooklyn, New York

Rabbi Darkside is a Brooklyn-based Hip Hop Artist/Educator. His new album "Prospect Avenue" reached #4 on CMJ Hip Hop Charts, #1 on College Radio Charts. His global fanbase grows while he obscures the lines between Hip Hop, Jazz, Folk & Poetry. He's shared stages with Afrika Bambaataa, Antibalas, Common, Dres, Fishbone, Rob Swift, J-Live, Rahzel, Slick Rick, Talib Kweli, The Coup & many others. ... more

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Track Name: Thank Hip Hop (produced by Lotus)
THANK HIP HOP

WE ARE
The artisans the guardians the MCs and the audience
The kids the cops are targeting
The clause in research marketing
The margins
The wrongly imprisoned without a pardon
Too smart for the alarmists
Too much will to wear a harness

In a killing field of carnage you can really feel harmless
In the midst of dying kids and the civilian armless
Fortunately for most we don’t live in the Congo
But feel the need to make a save like Roberto Luongo
Don’t blame a hockey reference on being high brow or cocky
I just strive to spit the rhymes that raise the eyebrows of Nazis
Strive to write the songs that undermine the extremists
Strive to live till teaching and performing are seamless
A decade in the game you bet I know who my team is
In the thick of it articulate meticulous treatise
Read us in publications give assumptions a remix
From the youth at Urban Word to Farbeon PHD’ing
My friend told that I’m too smart to just be MCing
I said Hip Hop’s exactly what’s unlocking my genius
Got a vision of Re:Education rocking arenas
If you’ve got a grievance I’ll kindly pass you a box of Kleenex


WE ARE

The artisans the guardians the MCs and the audience
The kids the cops are targeting
The clause in research marketing
The margins
The wrongly imprisoned without a pardon
Too smart for the alarmists
Too much will to wear a harness


Turn to the pen and pad You can thank Hip Hop for that
I know all about jazz You can thank Hip Hop for that
Half of the books I’ve read You can thank Hip Hop for that
The upstanding life I’ve lead You can thank Hip Hop for that


We got to learning institutions to further interests as students
Make a dollar of your two cents and cover your board and rooming
I’m getting bored of rumors that Hip Hop’s just an illusion
With a place on the pecking order next to Plexico Burress
We are rebels in earnest not dirt resembling humans
American the beautiful? The temple’s in ruins
Come to my afterschool you’ll catch regular truants
Doing more work than they’ve done their entire year as a Junior
What is this proving? Something about influence
And combating those other institutions evil doing
I mean the list of –isms around race and ethnicity
Racism Anti-Semitism and white supremacy
Classicists who are classists and culturally-biased
Segregation revivalists forming a cult of alliance
Claim they’re academic beware the degrees in frames
Paper ain’t worth the price of a blanket when the seasons change

WE ARE
The artisans the guardians the MCs and the audience
The kids the cops are targeting
The clause in research marketing
The margins
The wrongly imprisoned without a pardon
Too smart for the alarmists
Too much will to wear a harness

The reason I’m a teacher You can thank Hip Hop for that
Appreciate every creature You can thank Hip Hop for that
Travelling the globe You can thank Hip Hop for that
Penning this very poem You can thank Hip Hop for that


Innovator like Daedalus but even I can’t try to guess
Why every other language in world respects dialects
Except for American English no sight of compromise
Circumstances set in stone serving to ostracize
The uppermiddleclass can’t seem to handle ebonics
And likely don’t understand how a sample’s melodic
The type to laugh and point get a kick of you standing out
Since their grams and gramps had a plantation and manor house
Nature v. Nurture debating they have no part in it
Stratification architects mixed with Social Darwinists
Get to the heart of it truth speakers get martyred quick
Soon will come the day when every slave becomes a Spartacus
I wish there was a starter kit to get the ball rolling
But all told the best demonstrative’s a 12 year old’s poem
I see teaching as a means towards social justice and uplift
And my Hip Hop Fam AIN’T NUTHIN’ TO **** WIT

Thank Hip Hop for that
Thank Hip Hop for that
Thank Hip Hop for that
Thank Hip Hop for that

WE ARE
The artisans the guardians the MCs and the audience
The kids the cops are targeting
The clause in research marketing
The margins
The wrongly imprisoned without a pardon
Too smart for the alarmists
Too much will to wear a harness