Music Is Alive..we can't be Missing In Action..

When Science Peeked Inside The Mind of Hip-Hop

In Education, Hip Hop, Music on December 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

 

For many of us in the world of rhymes, beats and ciphers, it comes as little to no surprise to find that art and lyricism greatly impacts the stream of consciousness. But scientists have recently discovered what happens inside of the brain of a freestyle artist as they perform. They’ve discovered that the act of freestyling activates an area in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain that plays a role in self-motivation and a portion of the mind is also accessed that deals with morality and self-reflection.

As this particular area of the brain lights up, the cognitive portion that deals with analyzing (which can result in over-thinking) becomes less active allowing energy from the “upper region” to become dominate and flow-freely. According to lead researcher on the project Dr Siyuan Liu , the increased brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex and all along its mid-line suggests that freestylers tap into the subconscious mind.

 

A “flow” state is entered, which researchers described as a “complete immersion in creative activity, typified by focused self-motivation, positive emotional valence and loss of self-consciousness.”

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In the hip-hop world we call this zoning out…. But what do we listeners gain from the experience of ingenious improvisation? Why are we as so inspired and excited to hear words seemingly “formed out of thin air”?  Could this “free-style state of mind” replicate man’s potential to tap into the god within with unfettered access once left uninterrupted by doubt and second-guesses? Fear and over-thinking? Just what all are we capable of when we submit to a higher state of mind? Something to think about..

 

IMAGE CREDITS: CINET ASIA, TONY MUHAMMAD CITATIONS: DISCOVERY NEWS

“Music is Alive”: How The Heart of A Musician can Enliven The Spirit of Humanity

In Education, Music on March 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm

To artists and musicians who genuinely seek to uplift and inspire through your craft, we highly recommend this brief  but special message on the universality of music, it’s power, and how it can enliven the spirit of humanity.. when played from a pure heart. Thanks for listening and much success on your quest to leave the world a better place than you found it..

~Arian Muhammad



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Minister Farrakhan, Rihanna Controversy, and A Young Voice from Africa

In Education, Hip Hop on March 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

First of all we’d like to thank the media for providing this unique opportunity that sets the stage for a special and much needed dialogue between both the cultural and spiritual community and for exposing a new audience to a very important and powerful spiritual leader who can give divine insight into the current state of popular culture and it’s effects on humanity. For those who  wonder why it is important for such dialogue to take place you may not have heard the rising outcry of young artists like Jasmine Mann who delivered a heartfelt poetic address on the image of Nicki Minaj or New Orleans rapper Dee-1 who wrote a lyrical plea on artist accountability addressed to jay, 50, and weezy.

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These are just two acts of many that are now taking place sparking a new wave cultural activism against degrading  images in hip hop reaching all the way to Africa. In a 2001 address to hip hop artists in New York  Minister Farrakhan stated “I do not think it is an accident that music and culture have moved to this time and that the spoken word has become that which is affecting youth throughout the entire planet. In countries where governments do not like western music or western civilization, people are sneaking around listening to the word and moving to the beat of the hip hop generation. – In China, in Japan, in Europe, in Africa, in the Caribbean, in Central America and South America, the youth are following you.”

On Feb 28th we come to see that this statement is indeed true when a youtube video was uploaded of ten year old Watoto From The Nile sending a “Letter to Lil Wayne”. A song  which has been described as a direct statement of justice explaining that people are growing tired and fed up with the constant degredation of Black women inside of Hip Hop music. Children voice thier views and opinions on the melodic track.

During the speech the minister went on to say “When you are a rapper and you understand your leadership role, you must understand that, with leadership comes responsibility. You did not ask for it. It is imposed on you, but you now have to accept responsibility that you have never accepted.” This address took place ten years ago and was heard by many of our popular artists and executives both major and independent. But just who is this man Minister Farrakhan? Who is this ‘Islamic preacher’ who is listened to by millions, and sought out for guidance throughout the world of politics, entertainment, and religion? Who is this man oft times seen with and embraced by many famous Black artists, actors, and musicians?  What did Minister Farrakhan really say at the 2011 Saviours’ Day address in Chicago?

To the news source that twisted the address and reported Minister Farrakhan as calling Rihanna fans swine, in an attempt to divert people away from a man that you don’t want us to listen to, you have instead provided a platform to expose a new audience to someone that a generation in confusion would benefit very much from hearing. During the Feb 27th address before dissecting images portrayed to the masses throughout popular culture, Minister Farrakhan spoke on the inner manifestation of god that lies within all human beings ” I’m not into condemning you for what you do like I’m the holy one.. we all come out of the same cut.. but I know what I see in you so I’m always trying to pull it because I see God”

He then stated that we are beginning to be ‘swine-like’ in our behavior and  have become numb to indecency and proceeded to speak on what was recently shown on the annual televised award show. “I saw my beautiful sister the other night at the Grammy Awards… my poor sister… and she was dressed.. almost with like a pair of drawers and she got her legs wide open and is just grinding away.  (brief pause) If that didn’t revolt you, you’re beginning to be a swine. When you can sit down and listen to somebody and every third word is “you mf ” this and they start talking about the act that is done in private and bring it out in the public and make it so low down and filthy and you’re sitting there laughing at a filthy damn joke and then the next day you go to church and sing in the choir you are a swine.”

This may be a tough pill to swallow for a generation not used to being checked for it’s behavior to the near point of self-destruction. But we have to ask have the masses truly fallen into lowly state of existence and have come to love more and more extreme and debauched expressions of artistry? Is it true that society is being made to accept and be comfortable with degeneracy?  If so what effect is it having on our youth and civilization in general? So far it is appearing that a movement is emerging that conflicts with the messages being sent out by mainstream machines. Things are gradually coming to a point where you’ll eventually have to choose sides and decide if you want to break away and be a part of what benefits humanity or continue to bask in that which ill-affects us and our future, the youth. Either way you have to think.. even the babies are crying out against the madness.

Before you go check out Casta Stone a young artist from West Africa stepping to the mic to prove that all hope isn’t lost..

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