It’s not unusual to read about hip hop artists spending thousands of dollars on strippers in one night, deleting their twitter accounts, twitter beef, reviews of whack albums or any other garbage news. If you are like me, you would rather read about hip hop becoming part of the curriculum in Japan, how hip hop is helping youths avoid crime, raising social awareness, a tight freestyle from the underground or how an artist became successful. Just visit top hip hop websites, you would think hip hop is all about bling, girls, violence or drugs; the problem is that mainstream hip hop has been given more visibility that any other form of hip hop. Top hip hop websites feels just like press releases of record labels and their artists.
With now everyone developing a love and hate relationship with hip hop, you can’t help but admire the brilliance of Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Nas or any other gifted artist, but at the same time you can’t help getting annoyed by some less talented artists who resort to disrespecting women, creating fake persona, glorifying violence, sex tapes or any other dirty trick just to gain popularity. The media does not seem to help condemn that behavior but instead reward the perpetrators with more publicity. Hip hop that we all know is not dead, it’s well and alive, and it just needs more visibility to a wider audience.
Imagine a really talented artist uploads his music or post a link on a platform and you as a hip hop fan listen to his/her music and love it, you then up-vote the link or music and help this upcoming artist to be heard by thousands of people. What if you could read about how hip hop is going places you never imagined possible or down-voting a crappy news article, engage in an intellectual discussion about a song or contribute content that you think is cool. Instead of complaining about the direction which hip hop is going, we all can actively participate and shape the type of hip hop we want instead of being passive consumers when we decentralized tools like the internet. This type of platform is what we are seeking to achieve at mixdem.com.
Having been part of the Hacker News and also experienced the benefits of the decentralization of such a community and I can tell you with a deepest conviction that hip hop community needs such a platform. I posted a story about the challenges that I faced in creating mixdem.com and within minutes the story had reached the front page of Hacker News, and received 17 000 unique visits and it created a lot of opportunities for me; this is the kind of story that would not get coverage from mainstream media but people proved they wanted to hear the story.
Hip hop has come a long way to where its now, a lot of hard work has been put in making hip hop one of the powerful forms of art and expression. In order to preserve and save the creativity and the image of hip hop, true hip hop fans must actively participate in the type of content, music, news that we consume using the power of internet and it’s ability to give us the voice . I would urge to visit mixdem.com and help build the hip hop platform we can all be proud of.