It’s important that we continue to be creative during difficult times. Art is best produced and received by the people struggling for their freedom. For the past several years, I have wondered what the next hip hop movement will be. Not creating a new hip hop style or sound but what art form we will create that will come from the guts of black culture that is so raw and uncut that the dominate society will despise it because they don’t understand it and can’t control it.
The American corporation now has a new president. Donald Trump is making it clear that life will be extremely difficult for anyone that does not follow the rules of white supremacy. His policies include kicking out Arabic and African immigrants, building a wall on the Mexican border, defunding women’s reproductive programs and repealing Obamacare. I will be honest about my thoughts here, with no concern to another person’s parochial opinion of life.
Although these days are dangerous for many of us, we are living in the best part of history. Women, men and child of all races and ethnic groups have hit the streets in protest. People that have never been engaged with politics are now coming out to organizing meetings and stepping up into leadership positions. For 15 years, I have been conscious and aware of the ugly slave master that is “the system” of white supremacy. I used to be the crazy person going on and on about the new world order, GMO’s, Black Economics, Moorish Science and Entrepreneurship but now the rest of America seems to be waking up.
During my 8 years laboring as a public servant, doing paid and free work, I have never witnessed so many people wanting to get involved in community and national affairs. This is truly a beautiful thing to experience. Although I have strong reservations on Black people participating in movements led by white liberals, I will concede that baby steps are better than nothing. People want to have their voices heard and fight for their ability to live their truth in peace. What better time to watch a new art form emerge from a generation that has absolutely nothing to lose (but their chains).
I don’t believe that the next art form will be music only, but maybe a mixture of media platforms that is only understood by those creating it. I imagine that it is already in its genesis phase being created over weed smoke and a cheap bottle of wine, shared between people on the edge of existence but still finding ways to survive. The next hip hop is being cultivated right now in a fly over state where Trump won and everyone there knows why. I imagine it to be so dope and unique that we hear rumors and go searching for it, instead of forcing it to come to us. No matter what it is, this art form will resonate with the people that need it the most.
I am not a prophet. I simply appreciate the power that art has on people in the struggle. This is the time when we need it the most, to uplift us all when we are unsure of the future. I claim ignorance in knowing exactly what’s in store for America, and my people, but as a person that understands the power of thoughts and words, I declare that we are living in the best time of history and that every day is worth living.
Monica Sekhmet Grant
Empress Rights Press 2017