New Age guerilla tribute to Jimon Jones part II
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Guerrilla in midst/
Using Hip-Hop as weapon/
I must admit that I didn't understand Jimon's concept of revolution or what he called "guerrilla grime lyph" until I picked up a book called "Guerrilla warfare" by Che Guevara. In this book the world famous revolutionary Che' who came to fame as a major player in the Cuban revolution, described the concept of true guerrilla warfare. He states that the guerrilla fighter is a "social reformer, that takes up arms responding to the angry protest of the people against their oppressors, and that he fights in order to change the social system that keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy, and misery. He launches himself against the conditions of the reining institutions at a particular moment and dedicates himself with all the vigor that circumstances permit, to braking the mold of these institutions."
Guerrilla Grime Lyph for Jimon and the young men with him was a battle call for his people. Jimon took up the only arms 9weapons) he could to fight against a system he felt was unfair. what was his weapon of choice? His lyrics. he used his words and music to attack a enemy bigger than himself. he became a new age guerrilla on the attack. When I reflected on the many songs that he wrote, and thought about the impact that Hip-Hop has on american culture. It is more clear to me that music serves as the weapon of choice of many of our young warriors. I can't help but to think how much more evolved my brother would have become if he had not made his transition.
When I look at the definition given by Che Guevara, I can't help but see the method of guerrilla warfare being used in Hip-Hop culture. Hip-Hop is capable of making sweeping social changes in our society. Hip-Hop at one time spoke for those oppressed who do not have a voice for themselves. Hip-Hop (true) was born to launch itself against the conditions of the reigning institutions dedicating its full vigor to braking the mold and hold of these institutions. What was and is America's response to this?
They simple buy them out. Elevate garbage rather than the true message of liberation. Put the pimps and bandits on the radio, and try to ignore the new age guerrilla. Divide and conquer, this system has been using the same techniques and tricks for the last few hundred years, and we (the oppressed0 keep falling for it like we are caught up in the 'ground hog day effect.'
I personally can't blame the system for what they are doing because we play ourselves. If we want to hear the real guerrilla music, and if we really want to see social change we have the opportunity and obligation to put out and support and put it out. We can grab the works of those artist who express the pain of the masses but deliver a message. Rather than supporting those artist that out sickness. The freedom of America allows us to do this. their are thousands of outlets that can be used outside of the mainstream.
Jimon's transition was a wake up call for me. It let me know that the revolution and revelation was already underway. All we have to do is our part. If we sit around and wait for a unifying cry we will miss this golden opportunity. The fighters are in the field, and they are dying because of our lack of support. They are dying because of our criticisms. they are dying because of our lack of guidance. Only Imagine how much farther our struggle would be if the warriors fell under the guidance and wisdom of the community elders. The next question that pops up for me is if our fighters are in the field doing battle where are we? In stead of criticizing maybe we should promote the artist 9guerrilla fighters) that deliver the message that helps. Turn off the radio and look for those new age guerrillas worthy of your support. Believe me they are out their. I was blessed to have one in my midst, and had a chance to watch him grow from a boy to a man, and from a warrior to a NationBuilder.
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