by Young E
Recently new artist Young E of OAC (On and Cracking) Entertainment sat down with veteran emcee I Self Devine to speak about the Generation Gap. Young E is a team member at YO! The Movement.
Young E: How do you feel hip-hop influences people of my generation versus people of the Civil Rights Generation?
I Self Devine: The Hip-Hop Generation has people selling hip-hop back to them, but hip-hop wasnt around during the Civil Rights Generation; they were more involved in the struggle and protest.
Young E: What can the Hip-Hop Generation do to avoid and learn from the mistakes of the Civil Rights Generation?
Self: Study things that worked and things that didnt work and include
the youth. Stop letting other things distract you and learn about the NAACP,
Martin Luther King Jr., Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey and Elijah Muhammad.
Young E: What can the Civil Rights Generation do to help the Hip-Hop
Generation not make the same mistakes?
I Self: Stop the adultism (forgetting you were young and made similar
mistakes), get off the high horse, find out where the youth are and try and
Young E: What or who, if anybody, would you blame for the disconnect
between the two generations?
I Self: Lack of communication and the generations not doing a good
job of talking to and informing their children.
Young E: What do you feel is the main problem with the Hip-Hop Generation?
I Self: Generally speaking, theyre all about spending money and
not about investing back into the culture. Nobody is interested in new formulas;
everybody wants to follow other peoples ways such as Jay-Z.
E: Do you think that the Civil Rights Generation will ever stop dismissing
hip-hop like their parents did rock and jazz?
I Self: Probably not because they are choosing not to understand that the
engine that created the culture is still the same, but the vehicle is different.
Young E: Do you think this problem has been recognized? If so, which
community leaders and artists are trying to help bridge the gap?
I Self: The problem has been recognized but a lot of people are scared
of the youth, primarily youth of color. People that are helping are people that
are involved in the movement like me and you. But there is a real leadership
Young E: Do you feel that the popularity of hip-hop is a hurdle or an
asset to bridging the gap?
I Self: It is an asset. Hip-hop is the shit. Some things you ignore come
back to bite you in the ass.
Young E: What advice would you give to young artists such as myself that
have an interests in getting into the hip-hop scene?
Self: Be a well-rounded artist, learn to write, have bomb hooks, make business
an art and remember nobody gonna do you like you. ||
Panel Discussion on the Generation Gap
Friday August 19th
Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop
7th Street Entry
Sponsored by Northpoint Health and Wellness Ctr.
I Self Devine
Headlining Saturday August 20th
First Avenue Mainroom
Schedule of Events
The 4th Annual Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop
4:45 Upper Midwest MC Battle Preliminaries
5:20 Akira Johnson St. Paul, MN
5:40 Leroy Smokes Twin Cities, MN
6:10 Upper Midwest Production Battle
7:05 Network Crew Chicago, IL
7:30 Upper Midwest Emcee Battle Finals
8:05 Blue Collar Boys Bowling Green, KY
8:30 Moochy C Twin Cities, MN
8:45 Big Quarters Twin Cities, MN
9:05 Guardians of Balance St. Paul, MN
9:25 Interlock All Stars Twin Cities, MN
9:50 Slum Village Detroit, MI
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5:25 Style Network Crew Kansas City, MO
5:50 Upper Midwest Beatbox Battle
6:25 Soulistic Minneapolis, MN
6:30 Upper Midwest BBoy Battle Finals
7:40 3rd Party Brooklyn, NY
8:00 Purest Form St. Paul, MN
8:20 Trama Sutra Queens, NY
8:40 Fiction Twin Cities, MN
9:10 Knowledge MC Twin Cities, MN
9:35 Doomtree Twin Cities, MN
10:05 I Self Devine Minneapolis, MN
4:00 Free and Open Market Begins
4:30 Upper Midwest Bboy Battle Preliminaries
5:30 Teens Rock the Mic Twin Cities, MN
5:40 Indigo St. Paul, MN
6:00 Upper Midwest DJ Battle
Upper Midwest Dance Battle Finals
7:40 Melody Beats Twin Cities, MN
7:55 HEAT Twin Cities, MN
8:10 Cleazy Bowling Green, KY
8:30 AD Minneapolis, MN
8:50 Maria Isa Puerto Rico/St. Paul
9:15 Illuminous 3 Minneapolis, MN
9:35 The C.O.R.E. Minneapolis, MN
10:00 Slick Rick New York, NY
4:00 Free and Open Market Begins
4:30 Upper Midwest Dance Battle Preliminaries
7:00 Free and Open Market Ends
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