Only Built 4 Riddim Chiefs: Hip Hop & Dancehall's Origins in African Spirituality (ebook)
My second book of 2017 entitled Only Built for Riddim Chiefs who Sing & Rock Mics explores the spiritual origins of hip-hop music in its modern context.
I say in its "modern context" because what we now call hip-hop has always been a part of African spiritual traditions even though those ancient expressions were never identified as "hip-hop" by name at any time in human history.
Yet just as the Vodun of Bénin is an amalgam of West African spiritual influences, hip-hop draws from a wide variety of already existing musical genres to convey a distinct one that is exciting and new. Unlike the xenophobic cultures of our current world, hip-hop grows stronger from, and enthusiastically embraces, its diversity of artistic expressions. It is an audible representation of the Grand Unified Field Theory at work. Cosmic forces converge upon one another at a single point of musical expression.
In this eBook I place a strong emphasis of focus on the history of Jamaican dancehall, while examining the often overlooked influence that a forgotten genre of African American music has had on the development of the modern rap artist. All of this will be examined with the spiritual sciences as a backdrop for deeper comprehension and gnosis.