How the Grinch Stole Hip-Hop

“Don’t you give me I’ll that jive/’bout things that happened before I was alive.”
                                                                                   “Christmas Rappin'”-Kurtis Blow

I ain’t gonna front. One of my favorite X-Mass shows when I was a kid was, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I always thought it was so gangsta how an ugly green dude with a stank attitude could roll down to Whoville one night and rob the whole ‘hood without waking anybody up. I guess the same way that somebody could steal Hip Hop without anybody noticing…
One of the hardest things to do is to break people out of their beliefs in myths. From childhood, we are taught to believe in a tooth fairy that leaves quarters under pillows and Easter bunnies that leave baskets on doorsteps. While most people grow out of such beliefs, the Hip Hop myth that if you hustle hard, you too can live the life of the rich and shameless that you see on tv seems to last from the cradle to the grave.
Tis the season to believe in flying reindeer and talking snowmen. However, Hip Hop-wise, we must ask ourselves is the myth about a fat, old white dude sliding down “chimneys” in the middle of the night in the grimiest projects any less believable than the story of an overweight corrections officer becoming a drug dealin’ superstar rapper?
Also, while no self-respecting “G” would be caught dead walking through the ‘hood in a bright red Santa suit, that same dude would have no problem walking through the mall with his pants saggin’ as a symbol of manhood.
Webster’s dictionary defines myth as, “an unproved or false collective belief used to justify social institutions.” While many Hip Hop fans co-sign this when talking about elves, they will give you the screw face when you are talking about Hip Hop.
Most religious or cultural myths are based on some historical truth or tradition and since Hip Hop has become  a “religion” for some people, the same standard applies. While the roots of rap music can be traced back to the oral traditions of Africa, the same can be said about religion, as the three “major” western religions also have their roots in ancient African civilizations. One of the fathers of western theology, St Augustine once said, “What is known as the Christian religion existed even among the ancients and was not lacking from the beginning of the human race until ‘Christ came in flesh.”
While it is true that Christmas is rooted on the principle of “Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards men, ” it is imperative that we study how religions have been used for what the late historian, Dr. John Henrik Clarke called “male chauvinist murder causes.” The same goes for Hip Hop, as Afrika Bambaataa’s vision of “Peace, Unity, Love and having fun” was jacked and has been used to promote the worst aspects of society.
According to Dean Dudley, in “History of the First Council of Nice” the use of Christianity as an excuse for military aggression can be traced back to around 300 AD when the Roman emperor, Constantine, supposedly, had a vision where a cross appeared with the inscription “IN HOC SIGNO VINCES” (Under this sign thou shalt conquer.) Following this were hundreds of years of the enslavement of conquered people under the guise of religion. But Hip Hop has also been used to enslave the minds of the masses by corporations who believe that rappers are worth more dead than alive.  It must be said that we are not dissin’ a belief system but how beliefs can be misused to manipulate the masses.
How many people are aware that when they are poppin’ bottles in the club on Christmas night thinking that they are celebrating the “birth of Christ,” according to  Rev. Alexander Hislop in his book “Two Babylons,” they are, actually, celebrating the ‘Winter Solstice” or “Saturnalia” when the Romans got their drink on ? (among other things.)
While it may be true that “Jingle Bells’ being pumped over mall intercoms may subliminally seduce you into spending all your money on some bling for your shawtie, we can’t forget that not too long ago songs like “Neva Scared” by Bone Crusher and “Tear da Club Up” by Three Six Mafia were accused of inciting violence.
Mental programing runs deep.
Although, the “Three Wise Men” who created Hip Hop may be Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, it was some other evil, wise men who have destroyed it. These Ebenezer Scrooges are so ruthless that they would take Tiny Tim’s crutches and give him a beat-down and pump holes in the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
In his book “Afrikan People and European Holidays: A Mental Genocide ,” Dr. Ishakamusa Barashango wrote about how people will “embrace and put energy into a thing without ever analyzing the impact, for better or for worst, it may have upon them and their posterity for generations to come. ” The book goes on to expose the true origins of Santa Claus, Christmas Trees, etc,
Unfortunately, you stand a better chance telling a five year old child that Santa Claus is a phony than convincing a 30 year old Hip Hop head that the music that he has labeled “street certified” is really a product of Ivy League think tanks and Wall Street marketing campaigns.
We must begin to understand that Knowledge is power and the best way to keep a people powerless is to deny them access to it and keep them locked into accepting myths as undisputed Truth. So this year, the best gift we can give our children is Hip Hop’s forgotten 5th element; Knowledge.
That’s the real gift that keeps on giving.
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott represents the Militant Mind Militia. He can be reached at website   Twitter @truthminista

23 Responses to “How the Grinch Stole Hip-Hop”

  1. Name me King

    Thats why i jam underground records only…… Once my underground artist breaks into mainstream every word that comes out is programmed if they know it or not.

  2. H. U. S.

    I ain’t big on down south rappers, but Soulutionn from Houston some of best hip-hop artists out!

    Ain’t tryin to promote other peoples shit, just tellin the truth!

  3. Name me King

    then you’ll have a cat like wiz khalifa wearing a suit getting tattoos removed talking about business. What were you before? .. but wait Ain’t that 50

  4. Neavin Vaughn

    i just skimmed through this at first and didnt read it… but then i gave it a “once more over” and i must say very good read allhiphop!! bahumbug like a mothafucka!!!!  

  5. Adope Femalemc

    How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25?
    A.    Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25.  During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration.  The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.”  Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week.  At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.B.    The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time.  In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).C.    In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it.  Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.[2]D.    The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.E.      Christians had little success, however, refining the practices of Saturnalia.  As Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, writes, “In return for ensuring massive observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth by assigning it to this resonant date, the Church for its part tacitly agreed to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been.”  The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.F.      The Reverend Increase Mather of Boston observed in 1687 that “the early Christians who  first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens’ Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones.”[3]  Because of its known pagan origin, Christmas was banned by the Puritans and its observance was illegal in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681.[4]  However, Christmas was and still is celebrated by most Christians.G.    Some of the most depraved customs of the Saturnalia carnival were intentionally revived by the Catholic Church in 1466 when Pope Paul II, for the amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city.  An eyewitness account reports, “Before they were to run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for spectators.  They ran… amid Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and laughed heartily.”[5]H.     As part of the Saturnalia carnival throughout the 18th and 19th centuries CE, rabbis of the ghetto inRome were forced to wear clownish outfits and march through the city streets to the jeers of the crowd, pelted by a variety of missiles. When the Jewish community of Rome sent a petition in1836 to Pope Gregory XVI begging him to stop the annual Saturnalia abuse of the Jewish community, he responded, “It is not opportune to make any innovation.”[6]  On December 25, 1881, Christian leaders whipped the Polish masses into Antisemitic frenzies that led to riots across the country.  In Warsaw 12 Jews were brutally murdered, huge numbers maimed, and many Jewish women were raped.  Two million rubles worth of property was destroyed.  

  6. rep87

    it wasnt stolen it was fake and misleading told and sold to slaves from day one by slave masters the same one who gave the world that long haired cracker azz jesus who is on stain glass windows in almost every black church in america we thank god for men like marcus garvey the hon.min louis farrakhan and others who reveal the truth of the devils who continue to mislead the lost sheeps trapped in the hells of north america the devil pushed gangstr rap off on our innocent impressioable children and silence anything positve in rap they now sunk even lower by allowing men to kiss each other wear women clothes and wear there pants hanging off their azz exposing there butt a prison fade to show im gay and ready rap is control by rich old white exec who only allow foolish to be played 24hrs 7days aweek they are pushing our little girls into except lesibian ways with songs like i kissed a girl and i liked it and nicki minaj pulling young girls up on stage and molesting them all of this is the work of the devil now we talking bout some fake azz charactor stealing something it was stole a long time ago i pray to GOD ALMIGHTY to wake up the majority before its to late !

  7. seattle slim

     thats my nigga AP9 from the mob figaz c bo put them out in 1999 they one of the best out the bay in the rap game now shit they the best the jacka is way better then and new shit out here treal talk

Leave a Reply