Don’t Believe Da Noize Part 1, brings forth the ideals and confusion about the inception of Hip-Hop and its bonafide culture. We all know and can agree that Hip-Hop originated in the Bronx. What caused this phenomenon? Are you ready for the revelation of the Hip-Hop truth? To answer this question, one must reflect back in history to fully grasp what I’m about to reveal to you. Or as so eloquently phrased in Hip-Hop, “Keeping it real or Keeping it 1 hun-nit.” The results of dreadful conditions and an obnoxious infrastructure of an impovished community, the Ghetto, toxic attitudes and the lack of money laid the canvas of a much needed outcry for change.
GV11 reveals that Hip-Hop was created for the betterment of its people. Actually it filled the vast unfathomable void in communities of which there were no outlets, stress relievers or escapes. Kat’s like Afrika Bambaata & Kool Herc, (notable Forefathers) saw that there was a need to unite the people of their enraged community. So they took it to the streets. By bringing their music and lyrical talents to local parks or, in most cases, “their blocks” allows the once frustrated gang-violent participants and lost souls to a euphoric plateau of expression and pride. Thus, the old cliché “music soothes the savage beast.” Their voices were able to be heard through song, dance, language & graffiti which awarded a way for them to bring forth their political views based on what affected their lives. LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING has taken a new meaning.
What those two brotha’s did back in the 70’s has become bigger than anyone could’ve possibly imagined. Although Hip-Hop was started as an Afro-American culture “Don’t Believe Da Noize” reveals the global success that this newly expressive culture has evolved. What was once exclusive to Urbania, (the inner city) is now living and breathing in White Suburbia, Europe & Asia. Its popularity is vast and equally shared by youth around the world. The Hip-Hop culture ‘aka’ Nation thrives on its ability to use its abstract energy to bring the inner city youth both Black & Hispanic into a mainstream now a true American art form. “You see, suburbia follows what the inner city does.” This documentary shows us that music is power. Producer, Bob Bryan reveals to us that music executives saw this in Hip-Hop and realized that they can capitalize on the plithe of this culture by glorifying Debauchery, Hedonism & Materialism. Bling-Bling & a big booty will always sell. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in. Rappers that have conformed and remain with this format are selling out the culture, “Sucka MC’s”. These MC’s lack realism, truth & originality. On the other hand this degradation has spawned a culture within the culture. It is a sub-culture that plays on your mind. A handful of artists have devoted their craft to uplift the people. These Masters of Ceremony, (MC’s) are called Conscious Rappers. They are bound by rules, regulations & standards when presented, they inspire social & political views. To name a few: KRS-1, Mos , Talib Kweli, The Last Poets, Public Enemy, Nas, Gangstarr & Common.
What GV11 does is allows the viewer to ask some questions of oneself and to navigate their own answers, but it does not give you the answer it allows you to reflect in your own heart & mind to answer your own questions. Adolescence is a time of natural revolt. Decision making and delegation is not your own. Hip-Hop respects that; it asks you, “Who are you going to be.”
Thanks to this informative footage we should have an appreciation to this incredible work of art; “Hip-Hop”. It shows us that when art is real it can stretch across ethnic boundaries and that it is a way of communication that is more than language. It has created its own culture within all cultures. It teaches you to clean out your ears and open your eyes. So if someone gives you a negative opinion about Hip-Hop, you ask them have they seen GV11: Don’t Believe Da Noize Part 1, if not “Shut the hell up until you do.”