Friday, August 3, 2007

Professor Griff seeks hip-hop defense

Professor Griff is looking for people who want to defend the hip-hop culture from destruction. He's recruiting allies in Montgomery on Saturday.

Griff, a member of the influential rap group Public Enemy, will hold a special lecture at Tania's Art Gallery, 2055 Carter Hill Road, at 5 p.m. entitled "The Psychology Covert War on Hip Hop."

The main focus of the discussion will deal with what Griff feels is the covert war against hip-hop. This includes some re-education on what Griff calls the four fundamentals of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti and breakdancing.

"I want the young people to learn it and the older people that didn't get it the first time to understand it," Griff said. "What we have today can't be considered hip-hop because those four elements don't exist."

Griff said there are a lot of changes in hip-hop since he and Public Enemy opened the consciousness of a nation with classics like "Fear of a Black Planet," "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" and "Yo! Bum Rush the Show."

"The music is so pathetic, weak and meaningless now," he said. "It's bubble gum, disposable music that you dance to for a minute and forget two weeks later. It has no shelf life."

The lyrical content and messages are also a problem, Griff said.


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