What you need to know about hip hop from artist to artist
HOPPING, Texas – For the past three years, the city of Hoping, Texas, has been celebrating Hip Hop Month, when the local community gathers to listen to new releases, celebrate and even share their own hip hop.
It has also become a way for residents to connect with their local musicians, whose music is often produced in Hoping.
In a city where more than 50 percent of residents are African-American, the Hip Hop community is one of the most diverse in the country, said Tashawn Smith, president of the Hoping Community Council.
Hoping is a predominantly white city, but the local hip hop scene has attracted a diverse range of artists.
The city has a vibrant rap community and a thriving arts and music scene, Smith said.
Smith said he has known the community for more than three decades.
“My mother, who has been in this city for 25 years, is one that really understands and knows the importance of diversity,” he said.
“She’s always told me, ‘If it’s not a white person doing the work, they don’t deserve it,'” he said, adding that his mother has had to deal with discrimination at times.
Black people are disproportionately represented in the city’s music scene.
Last year, more than 100 Black artists were featured in a mural in Hopes central plaza, a mural created by artist Alain Pape.
The mural is now covered in graffiti, which has led some to say the city is not welcoming to people of color.
“There’s a lot of anger and resentment from some people, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not proud of the art,” Smith said of his mother’s mural.
He said he sees the mural as a way to show the city that the community is strong.
“We’re a city that’s proud of our artists, and we’re proud of this city and proud of its diverse artists,” he added.
Pape said the mural reflects his appreciation for diversity.
“I was very inspired by the message of the mural and the people who painted it,” Pape said.
“It is the way to be proud of what you have and to support the art.”
The mural is an example of how a diverse community can create a strong community, said Smith.
His mother, however, is not the only one who has inspired him.
On the other side of the country in St. Louis, the local Black community has been growing, Smith noted.
While many people say it’s important to celebrate Hip Hop month, Smith and other artists said it’s more important to understand how Hip Hop started and where it has come from.
For instance, in the 1960s, Black musicians were trying to find a way into mainstream music, Smith explained.
After that, the first hip hop artists were born, and the tradition continued.
“You know, there was a time where hip hop was not as prevalent in the Black community,” Smith explained, adding there was also a lack of awareness of how Hip-Hop was used in the culture.
Hip-Hop has been an integral part of African American culture for decades.
The Black community in the United States has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In 2015, hip hop made up 13 percent of all music sold, according the group.
According to the RIAA, hip-hop is currently the fastest-growing genre of music in the U.S., overtaking rock and pop music.
The genre is considered to be the music of the future, with an estimated 12 million albums sold in 2016.