Every once in awhile these interwebs really do steer things my way that are unexpected and amazing at the same time. I am a lover of many different styles of music, but I was also born into the age of Hip Hop. I sometimes think of Hip Hop as my native music language.
Now, I am not talking about what typically passes today as Hip Hop on the airways. I often am at a loss to understand what is being labeled and thrown at me as Hip Hop. I am talking about the hard hitting, smooth styling originators of Hip Hop.
What these artist created was simply beautiful and expressive and necessary for the time. When we think about Hip Hop we tend to default to Hip Hop in the U.S. in our minds. But I recently ran across a German Hip Hop artist that took my mind back in time.
I don’t mind telling you that when I saw “German Hip Hop” I took a breath out of concern for what I was about to see. There’s a lot of worrisome things out on the Internet after all. Now, I am thrilled that I hit that link and met Ace Tee for the first time.
Now this Hip Hop has the 90’s flava worked all up down and around it and I am here for all of it. This hit me so good I said a silent thank you to Frau Augustina for my 5th grade German instruction as I bobbed my head to the beat. Bist du down will be in heavy rotation on my play list for a bit.
The other bit of thanks that I lifted up was my appreciation for music in general and how it has the power to cut across borders and tear down stereotypes bringing us closer to a true human understanding of one another.
What are some examples from your life where you discovered music or an artist who shifted a paradigm for you?
Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.