RapReviews.com Featured Editorial - Bring the Noise: A Few Words From Prof. Mike Jordan
Author: Prof. Mike Jordan
If seeing Public Enemy inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame AND
seeing Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons standing next to each other while PE
performed didn't bring tears to your eyes, well that means you didn't live
this Hip Hop shit.
Living it and listening to it are two totally different things. Please know
there's nothing wrong with that. Some of you were born too late. Nothing
you can do about that. I am an advocate for new school hip hop but young
folks PLEASE don't forget, there were parallels between the civil rights
movement and the initial hip hop movement. Maybe not the same magnitude, of
course, but it was a fight for us to get it on the radio, on TV, in record
stores, and around the world.
Before Bentleys, going platinum, iced out medallions, and Beats by Dre
headphones these people CHANGED THE WORLD and were instrumental in making
me the man I am today. That may not mean shit to you but that means
everything to me. So when you hear someone talking about the "good old
days" don't write them off. By the same token though, when you hear someone
going on about Drake, or Lil Wayne or 2 Chainz don't forget they are our
family too. They are the results of our struggle, our fight, our belief
that we knew back in the days rap would never die, despite what someone
names their album, says on a t shirt or some old school person tries to
tell you. It's all hip hop. You may not like em but that's our family too.
Sometimes the young folks forget to tell Public Enemy, and Rick and Russell
thanks. Don't blame them. I mean if you're a young hip hopper, how could
you possibly know the hard work it took for you to be able to listen to rap
all day every day on the radio? It's not fair to be mad at ignorance and
please know, there's nothing wrong with ignorance. It means you weren't
educated. If you know better and haven't tried to teach and you spend your
time chastising, you are the real problem. There's a difference in lifting
up and putting down.
Let me tell you though. Listening to the radio all day to hear the one rap
song they would play twice a day was hard. So when I see Public Enemy and I
think of Cash Money, I'm not crazy. I'm just acknowledging my whole family.
Yeah we all got cousins that do stupid shit but we gotta love them anyway
because hey, who else will?
So on behalf of the old school thanks new school for keeping the dream
alive. I may not always agree with what you have to say but I'm always
gonna see to it you get to say it. And fellow old schoolers, the new school
would like to thank you for creating the opportunity to be heard. They may
not always act grateful but any rapper that started at the bottom and made
it to the top is thankful you picked up a mic. Trust me.
Most of all though tonight on behalf of myself, my sons, and The Class
thanks P.E. for telling us to Bring the Noise and Fight the Power. I will be
hip hop 'til I die and from Run DMC to Maybach Music, I'll always be proud
not even a nation of hundreds of millions could hold us back.
Jordan hosts the "Old School New School" radio show Fridays at midnight ET
on KABF Radio - you can stream
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Originally posted: May 21st, 2013