‘Da’ What is Hip Hop? – KJ Hines (Editorial)

Posted on April 15, 2013 by


What does it mean to do hip hop the right way?  KJ Hines has got an answer and it is probably not what you are expecting, especially in today’s day and age.  As KJ discusses what hip hop means, you can really replace hip hop with music in general or even religion!  The Texas emcee talks about musical evolution and why he loves it as much as he does.  Expanding on what he said in the trailer, hit the jump to find out what hip hop really means to KJ!

“Hip-hop to me is life. While growing up in the suburbs of Austin I was exposed to music  by my father. Being a performer himself in his younger years he found it necessary to expose me and my brother to music at a very young age. As I developed as a person and an artist I began to take notice of the sort of music I myself found the most interest in. Hip-hop has always been a tool for me as a person to express myself. Being a quiet and at times reserved kind of person it gave me a way to get across feelings, thoughts, and emotions to the people around me without me having to actually really connect with someone. I have always felt my words were best represented through song and for that reason hip-hop has always been a huge part of my life and me as a person.

                What interest me about hip-hop and music in general on a way bigger scale is how much of an impact it has on the world in general. In some ways is sort of like a religion. What I mean by this is there are so many different types of genres in the world. You have your country, techno, hip-hop, classical ETC. Although one could perceive the genres as completely different in their sound when you think about it they have a lot in common. Like religion there are many different versions of the same idea, which is to praise God. Each religion is sort of a variation of how certain people choose to express their love and devotion towards god. It is here that I find music to be a lot like religion. If you think about it all the different genres are just different ways for different people to get their feelings across in the best way they see fit. The idea of this has not only always blown me away but has also been a big area of interest to me. It is interesting how music can change in order to portray the feelings we need to get across or express.

When I was at the art institute in Austin our professor gave us what he called “The blues analogy”.  In his teachings of this idea he took the idea of the “Blues” genre and followed it through time and region and tracked how the “Blues” genre went from soulful expression of the black man to the many variations we find today like blue grass, jazz, and even gospel music. Blues evolved through time and region to better get across the feelings of the people it was presented to at that respective time. This struck me as amazing because it shows that like religion although there are many types there is really no wrong way to express it. As long as you put your heart and soul into whatever kind of music you choose to make then you are full heartedly “doing it right.”

In closing I would like to say that music has always been a huge part of my life and will continue to be as I progress as a person and especially an artist. Like myself my music will change as I get older and wiser but will always be a true and real way for me to express my thoughts, feelings, and intentions to the world around me. It is what motivates me to do better for myself and the people around me every day. It is what I think about when I wake up and the morning and right before I go to sleep at night. It is what keeps me sane in a world of insanity. It is what feeds my soul spiritually on a daily basis and because of this hip-hop/music to me is life.” – KJ Hines