Scrolling through my feed most Instagram Hip Hop pages can be summed up by this:
I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some really dope pages. There are a lot of you I really like interacting with. But some “Hip Hop” pages need to be removed. Like removed not only off Instagram, but like out of existence. Or we should be able to put you under Hip Hop probation until we release you.
I was inspired by two things to write a small piece on this. One is the by my fellow Hip Hop blogger extraordinaire @KimDuizm HipHopHabitual.Com tweet recently about Wu Wednesday (we will visit this in a minute) and another fellow Hip Hop page post calling out these Hip Hop pages we are discussing.
Let’s start off discussing Wu-Wednesday. I love the Wu. I have loved the Wu since that faithful day when I was 12 when my brother brought me the 36 Chambers on cassette, so they hold a very special place in my heart. But the over saturation of Wutang posts on my feed is overwhelming. It’s the same 20 pictures that everyone already saw. Yes, I already know, “the face someone makes when they say they don’t listen to Wu Tang”, no need to remind me. I have participated in this day but I have already tried to give you original meme’s, samples, etc. But I just gave up.
Speaking of originality, this is what these so called “Hip Hop” pages lack. Educate others. Put people onto new music. Share your music. Share your art. Share your record/cd/tape collection. Share your photography. Bring some substance to this culture I love so very fucking much. Don’t post that same Googled image we saw over 100 times already. Bring some original shit. You wouldn’t accept someone serving you someone’s left over steak at a restaurant, why the fuck should Hip Hop be any different?
I’ve discussed this topic with some fellow Hip Hop pages and heads out there and the same things always comes up, “But they have the most followers… why?”. The answer can be debated, but what I come up with is that it’s SIMPLE. Simple shit for simple niggas. Same concept can be put to life. Simple is safe. It’s familiar. So the masses are drawn to that.
I knew from go that Live Elements, will never have as many followers as some of these pages. I post a lot of underground that people don’t know of. It’s cool, I’d rather have substance heard and viewed by open minded people than 30K of followers that only know the same 90’s Hip Hop artists and never want to expand their mind to more. It’s not ever about followers with me. It’s about Hip Hop. Even this blog, if some people read it cool, I’m good with that.
I’ve been called “pretentious” and asked “but why does it bother you?” when it comes to Hip Hop on Instagram. My statement is as follows:
“I Live Elements, am not more Hip Hop than anyone else. I am not more Hip Hop than the 15 year old girl that picked up a Jedi Mind Trick’s album and deleted all the Drake off her phone. Nobody is more Hip Hop than Hip Hop. This beautiful culture that saved my life. But what I am is very passionate about her, mother Hip Hop. I will work everyday of my life to give back to Hip Hop as much as it’s been given to me. So when I see a disrepect to her, I will make sure my voice is heard. My not be by many, but it’s heard. Hip Hop > Instagram. Peace.”