Raptivist Celebrates Hip-Hop’s 40th with Parade up Philly’s Longest Street

This article is from techbookonline and was written by By Christopher “Flood the Drummer”® Norris



“Coinciding with the week-long celebrations marking the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, The Hip Hop Party for the People presented their 2nd Annual Philly Stand Up! Parade.”

The culture of hip-hop this week has been celebrated across the country, with last Sunday marking the 40th anniversary of the day Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell held his historic Back-to-School Jam in the South Bronx. While many marked the occasion with parties – including “Kool Herc” himself who hosted a gathering in New York’s Central Park last Saturday – The Hip Hop Party for the People in Philadelphia this morning paid tribute to the global culture with a parade up Philly’s longest street.

One of six (6) founders of the political party that uses the culture of hip-hop to engage young people in politics is Raptivist Pili X. A former assistant teacher at South Philadelphia High School, X says the organization was birthed from the desire of local activists, artists, school teachers, and mentors wanting to affect change in the city’s political system.

“We all realized that after all these years of activism we never really utilized the political system and leveraged our collective vote, OUR political power,” says X, a former City Council Candidate who ran as an independent.

X claims “Let’s Get Free,” the 2000 debut album of Dead Prez is responsible not only for his love of hip-hop, but is commitment to community activism.

“Once I heard that album and the things they were talking about I wanted to be an artist.”

X says he doesn’t balance his career as a hip-hop artist and an activist; instead he blends the reality of the two into a unique brand that is relatable in both sectors of society.

“People who know me in the hip-hop world know me as activists and vice-versa. Other artists try and separate their political beliefs and efforts from their mainstream career because they’re afraid it will tarnish their brand, for me it only illuminates it and helps me stand out from the crowd.”

X rejects the idea that hip-hop is dead and say “it all depends on what you listen to.” He says Philly in particular has great hip-hop artist and recommends listening to STS, Chill Moody and himself.

X says that what they’re doing with Philly Stand Up! – which was founded after Mayor Michael Nutter and the City implemented the controversial curfew laws – is revolutionary and he’ll continue to use hip-hop to engage more of the city’s young people, with hopes of one day scaling the Millennial-led movement and it’s parade to be as big as the Thanksgiving and Christmas Day parade



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