‘Da’ What is Hip Hop? – JR of JR&PH7 [Editorial]

Posted on September 9, 2013 by


This week’s ‘Da’ What is Hip Hop? editorial was written by half of the German/Dainish production duo JR&PH7.  It is great to hear from a European who I believe even the oldest, stingiest hip hop head would consider “REAL”  hip hop.  Hit the jump to read what JR had to say and check out some of their music.

“I haven’t really slept for days on our trip to California, shooting music videos for our new project and now I’m sitting in a worn down motel in Los Angeles. HipHop brought me here, and for a regular guy from a small town in Germany this seems funny enough.

On a more serious note, I don’t even know exactly if what HipHop means to me is that easy to pin down. I don’t want to talk about the elements, or anything particular going on at the moment because to me personally HipHop is not necessairily any of that.

To me HipHop is a mindstate, a feeling, a vibe through which you can connect with people. Anybody can be HipHop, you don’t have to dress or talk in any certain way or like any music some people who don’t care about anything but money are trying to sell to you as “HipHop”. Just be yourself. To me anybody who is authentic and honest in their art and their behavior is “real”. I respect that, but that doesn’t mean I must like what they do.

When it comes to HipHop music I must say I don’t really care much about what is going on currently. Of course there are artists I like and others that I don’t feel. But it’s like that in any genre I listen to and I don’t really feel particularly emotional about it just because HipHop music was and is my first love. There is enough room for all facets and in today’s HipHop world and there is also an audience to gain for everybody. So if the majority of listeners go in one direction why would I even care, I just support what I like and that’s that. I’m in no position to tell anybody what music to like. There are many HipHop people who are spending much of their energy explaining what they don’t like. Just imagine what would happen if they actually use that energy to push what they think is quality…

With our own music, I feel blessed that the HipHop we love and put out to the world has made it possible for us to travel the globe and meet cool ass people in places I never thought I would go. I’m thankful for that, and this is my main motivation to keep going and make this sometimes bumby ride last a little longer…”

– JR of JR&PH7