One of the biggest things working to the detriment of Hip-Hop is hardly any one outside of the culture knows or cares what it really is. For example, people can identify the basic elements of Rock music, Jazz, or Blues, but what is “real” Hip-Hop remains a mystery to most. For the most part, anything young and urban is considered Hip-Hop by the mainstream, regardless of whether it is actually a part of the culture. Those of us who do know and care about it usually don’t have the same opportunity to shed light on the culture as those who have gotten rich keeping it shrouded in darkness.
That’s why it’s so reassuring that the Temple of Hip-Hop exists. Though the use of the word “temple” implies religious affiliation, it certainly is not some kind of cult. The Temple of Hip-Hop is simply and organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Hip-Hop culture. The Temple is also the only Hip-Hop organization backed by originator Kool DJ Herc, and pioneers Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Master Flash, and founder KRS-ONE. As a result, it is quite simply THE authority on all things Hip-Hop.
In keeping with the goals of educating the masses about Hip-Hop, KRS has taken selections from his lectures at college campuses and Temple locations about the culture and compiled them into one CD called The Fondamentals of Hip-Hop. With this collection of selected lectures, he teaches about what Hip-Hop is and is not, working to hopefully remove the confusion surrounding this continually evolving culture.
2. The Origin of Hip-Hop
3. Hip-Hop – Spiritual Meaning & Purpose
4. The H-LAW
5. Hip-Hop – The Early Days
6. Hip-Hop – Decriminalized
7. Hip-Hop – The Essence
8. Hip-Hop – The Elements
9. Hip-Hop – The Awakening
10. Hip-Hop – The Consciousness
11. Hip-Hop – And Racism
12. Hip-Hop – And Self Awareness
13. Hip-Hop – And Wealth
14. Hip-Hop – And Health
15. Hip-Hop – The Refinitions