ARE YOU A CULTURE VULTURE?
What is a culture vulture?
According to the Webster’s dictionary, a culture vulture is a person who is very interested in the arts, especially to an obsessive degree. Which means they are obsessed with any form of art such in this instance Hip Hop. Urban dictionary defines a vulture as someone who steals traits, language and/or fashion from another ethnic or social group in order to create their own identity. Now we have known many from Elvis Presley to Markie Mark to Riff Raff to Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. I pose a second question while answering the first. Why do we allow these other cultures to steal the essence of our art when they have no idea what we had to go through? We allow them to take our cadences and style with no regard to where it comes from. Blues was started from Negro spirituals to express the pain that we endured during our servitude. Rock and roll came from blues with a more upbeat groove to get us dancing during the depression that still hasn’t ended. Hip Hop came from poetry that needed a beat. Our culture comes from struggle, pain, joy and triumph, not just 808s and rhyming words, it has meaning to the vibrations. We allow these vultures to pose like they have the fire of our ancestors, the rhythm of our souls and the drum of the earth. When will the standards be elevated where they can not suckle at the teat?