Updated: Oct 12
Let me clear my throat. Everyone has it! You know of which I speak of; that jingle of a song that when you hear it, know every single word from start to finish, many around you chime in, sing along and it creates the most nostalgic moments when dreams were birthed. Let's talk about dreams for a minute, indulge me, for a second, maybe two. No matter how young or old, sporty or sophisticated, extrovert or introvert; we all have had spectacular dreams of living our best lives in the future tense while singing in concert to their favorite song. There are so many different genres of music that bring merry to us all but in 1979, a new genre hit the top 40; a fresh sound of contemporary poetry to the ears that shaped the next generation. Although, these artists were not the first or probably not considered the best among their peers but were the first to introduce this new genre to the nation. Even now, I STILL know every word to this, let’s just enjoy this moment together and reflect and reminisce when life was simple. Yes, the door openers of rap music, we introduce to some and others to remember, The Sugar Hill Gang with Rapper's Delight.
Whether you listened in part or in full smiling or frowning; this is a part of history that would not be denied and evolved in different forms to which we not only hear but see. Harry Allen, from The Village Voice and Vibe magazine, says that, until then, rap had been for young black males with few opportunities. It gave them a way of making their voices heard. "So what hip-hop fashioned," he says, "was a conduit whereby people who normally are locked out of telling get to tell." Of course, there were controversial hip-hop artists like NWA and The 2 Live Crew; but there will always be controversy as change evolves. Artists have always used mediums to spark discussion of discouragement of the times. Entertainment and social justice has always collaborated during civil unrest; remember civil unrest doesn’t have to include protest, a person can highlight their private civil unrest through writing, rapping, singing, or dancing. We all are uniquely made to share our heart in different ways to bring unity. Speaking of unity, hip-hop was not only accessible to males, there were females who made their mark in the field. Just the other day, “commentator Harlan Hill is no longer welcome on Fox News after he called Democratic VP candidate “Kamala Harris comes off as such an insufferable lying b–h. Sorry, it’s just true.” Historically, there has always been disdain for women, especially in certain demographics that are considered a threat when breaking the glass ceiling in any field. One hip-hop artist of the female persuasion challenged this ideology as an artist, unlike Mr. Hill, I’ve added the clean video version.
Again, whether you listened in part or in full smiling or frowning; this is a part of history that would not be denied and evolved in different forms to which we not only hear but see. Hip-hop began to open doors for males, females and even some who you didn't expect....
As hip-hop became more mainstream, it's popularity grew out of control, much like the internet and began to build roads, highways, and bridges into different homes, cities, states and nations to continue not to be denied. Hip-hop started out becoming the norm as a break in a song in every genre, even COUNTRY MUSIC! Now, you know when rap enters as part of country, its mainstream.Hip-hop music began to be on TV shows, movie soundtracks and American History books as required study. But, hip-hop was considered American when hip-hop artists started being taken seriously as other than hip-hop artists; not to say they shouldn’t be just doing that one thing but it says that the outside world sees your potential and your worth as more than one-dimensional but multi-dimensional: having more than a single purpose. NWA members, Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) and Dr. Dre (Andre Young) net worth are between $160 - 800 million by becoming multi-dimensional. Ice Cube left NWA to begin a solo career, became an actor, and filmmaker. Dr. Dre also began a solo career won a Grammy, founded Aftermath Entertainment after leaving Death Row records and signs a white rapper, Eminem, designed headphones (Beats by Dr. Dre) which later sold to Apple.Dr. Dre was named the highest-earning musician in 2019 despite his last hit was in 2009. Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) went on to become a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. She is a recipient of the Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, BET, BET Comedy, Black Film, Black Reel, Blimp, Critics Choice, Grammy, Hollywood Film, Icon, Image, and Vision Awards and numerous nominations, too many to name.
Again, whether you're listening in part or in full by smiling or frowning; this has become part of history that would not be denied and has evolved in different forms to which we not only hear but see.
Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are household names but let's focus for a moment on a person who is not; not at least in my circle of influence or influences, if you will. Hip-hop movies normally highlight hip-hop stars but every so often, you get a glimpse of one that catches your eye and want to see more of, not that we don't want to see more of Ice Cube or Latifah but this artist needs more screen time to show more depth and show a different side of hip-hop. I saw this magic in Yesiin Bey, he has a quiet yet forceful demeanor on camera and although not the lead, always seems to steal the moment when alongside the star. I saw this star power in Brown Sugar and most definitely in Something the Lord Made. In addition to his hip-hop and acting career, he strives to fight for social justice. Its no wonder in the words most definitely, his name stands out vividly, Mos Def. He, like the others, is a multi-dimensional and continues to use his notoriety to stand up for the voiceless and silenced. In the Docudrama Something the Lord Made, he portrays Vivien Thomas who is instrumental in finding a cure to infant heart disease along with Dr. Alfred Blalock but is denied acclaim due to racism in the 1930's.
I believe that for the most part of our lives, God gives us a preview of the masterpiece of our lives. If only we would take notice and take off blinders that negate the flow of the idea of SOMETHING THE LORD MADE; not the movie but the ideology. Let's go deeper.
1796, "science of ideas," originally "philosophy of the mind which derives knowledge from the senses" (as opposed to metaphysics), from French idéologie "study or science of ideas," coined by French philosopher Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) from idéo- "of ideas," from Greek idea (see idea) + -logie (see -logy). With connective -o- because the elements are Greek and the Greek combining vowel is -o- for nouns of all declensions. Destutt published his Eléments d'idéologie 1801-1815.
The term ideology did not become widely employed in the nineteenth century, however, and I have not found that Emerson ever used it. It was only after the appearance of Karl Marx's long unpublished The German Ideology and Karl Mannheim's Ideology and Utopia in the period between the world wars of the twentieth century that the term became an omnipresent one. [Lewis P. Simpson, "Mind and the American Civil War," 1989]
Meaning "systematic set of ideas, doctrines through which the world is interpreted" was in use in English by 1907, earliest in socialist and communist writing, with reference to class; from 1918 it came to be used of socialism and communism themselves (along with fascism) and later more broadly still.
Ideology ... is usually taken to mean, a prescriptive doctrine that is not supported by rational argument. [D.D. Raphael, "Problems of Political Philosophy," 1970]
Something the Lord Made is a ideology that I believe and follow.
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
It's funny how people and society equate you based on their sight or insight (ideology); even Jesus was subject to this! I bet if you research Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, especially having ties with NWA, you will find writings about how their fame would end going down in smoke or hip-hop would never have lasted this long BUT GOD always has the last say (not saying He loves hip-hop but I'm sure he loves his creation-man). Like Jesus, you can be born on the wrong side of the tracks and still become multi-dimensional. Can there any good thing come out of Compton, Newark, Brooklyn? Yep, Come and see!
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Isn't is ironic that when someone refers to you in a negative sense without you knowing, you tend to be nice to them but knowingly, you most likely would respond the same. Unlike us, Jesus knew their thoughts and ideology but still acted and spoke in love towards all; especially Nathanael who had prejudged our Jesus. Instead He spoke of the integrity and sincerity within him and put his mind at ease of Who He is and Whose we are and will always be. In essence, when Nathanael asked the question, it came from the ideology of someone else and he was just repeating but this thinking had not made it to his heart because Jesus knows all hearts and in Nathanael, there was no guile. Jesus saw the multi-dimensional character in Nathanael.
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
Isn't it amazing and scary at the same time when we know or find out someone who has the ability to bless or curse us is watching us? Based on Nathanael's response, he was amazed and relieved. Just imagine running into Jesus and you had been talking about him...
Jesus is not at all offended, probably like I would have been; He is Holy and without blemish. We were all made in God's image, no matter how we began, no matter where our life began and no matter how our family began. In the movie, Vivien says, "Do you mind if I show you something, Doctor?" The doctor moves away from the patient(a dog) while Vivien takes over repairing the heart, the doctor seems surprised with his certainty and questions, "Do you need any help?" Vivien replies, "No, that's fine. Thank you" Vivien finishes and allows the doctor to examine his work, to the doctor's dismay, he asks, "Are you sure you did this Vivien (pause) this is like something the Lord made?" So the next time someone questions your validation in this world, correct and remind them, that your destiny is attached to God's ideology not theirs, you are multi-dimensional therefore they are not able to see you in the future because of their own one-dimensional character and You are unique, have the power to choose because YOU are SOMETHING THE LORD MADE!
Wow, you either remembered or listened to secular music and guess what? Jesus still loves you the same....