A Ku Indeed!

Representin’

Posted in Existentialism by Chris on October 1, 2007

I’m in the middle of a chapter for a book I’m writing (with a co-author). The chapter is on the connection between the Existentialist notion of “absurdity” and their notion of “authenticity.” One point that we are making is that Existential authenticity is much like the hip-hop concept of representing. I think the connection is actually very strong, but what I really need is a set of lyrics from a hip-hop song that states what representing is. Can anyone help? If you can, put the stanza, along with the song title and artist, in the comments!

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  1. Sam said, on October 1, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I think “remember the name” is, essentially, all about represent’ hip hop, or, at least, the musicians and singers in the particular band that does the song….

  2. Adam said, on October 1, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Is representin’ really right, or is it more the older notion of “keeping it real”? I’m by no means a hip-hop scholar, but I always took representin’ to be about sticking up for various regional subcultures. So you’ll hear things like a particular area code: “Yo, people from the 212 represent!” or “Right, right, I’m from Long Beach, representin'” or “East side hip-hop representin’!” Google “representin” and you’ll see what I mean.

    Authenticity does seem to be the opposite of “posing”, which comes from old Skateboarding culture if I remember right and has crossed into hip-hop. But I don’t think representin’ is the opposite of posing.

    The best hip-hop song I know about authenticity is probably Blackalicious’s “First in Flight”:

    Blackalicious – First In Flight Lyrics

    (feat. Gil Scott-Heron)
    [CHORUS:]
    First in flight [repeated 4X]
    [Gil Scott-Heron:]
    (Cause all we got is rhythm and timin’
    We go beyond the edge of the sky)

    [Gift of Gab]
    FREE! Like a bird out in the wind in the night
    Like a 747 to LA that’s in flight
    FREE! Like a garden flourishing in the wind
    Like a student bout to do it when he’s graduatin
    FREE! From any of the energy perception
    Can never be defined create the definition within
    FREE! Just lovin life itself and never pretend to be
    Anything other than the man I was meant to be
    Travel through time and get a glimpse of the centuries
    To come a better day is promised remember
    FREE! Like my nephew in a few months about to be out the penitentiary
    Meditation [repeated 9X]
    [Chorus]
    [Gift of Gab]
    UH! I never hesitate about a reluctant mind
    Just put the peddle to the metal see what ya find
    You back there slouchin over won’t you pick up your spine?
    Let’s make it really really happen live up this time
    Cause you can choose to say “Good morning God” or “Good God, morning”
    With black clouds storming
    I walk without umbrellas into these woods
    Don’t need em cause the mighty trees will shelter me good
    I’m eating berries from the bushes of the heavenly good
    From the ?stakes/steaks? the power came to us whenever we stood
    Reverberatin out we’re reachin each and every hood
    Whenver we could the spiritual anatomy fool
    But never take the credit for it B cause that’d be rude
    It’s just the way in life we searchin for that had to be new
    You gotta work it though cause everyday ain’t Saturday fool
    Evolve into a better life and be happy with you and me
    [Chorus]
    [Gil Scott-Heron]
    The first to fly
    The first to strive
    The first to fight to stay alive
    The first to win
    The first to strike
    The first to live
    The first in flight
    [Gift of Gab]
    RISE! Like the sun up at the crack of the dawn
    Like a wakin child in the morning stretchin and yawnin
    RISE! Like an infant being held in the light
    Like the smoke from an incense when it’s ignited
    RISE! If you’re sleepin won’t you open your eyes again
    The greatest high be that natural high within
    No need to force the progression just ride the wind
    You’ll know the answer to the where and why and when
    If you keep workin for your search you will find the end
    Though at the end you find it only begins again
    See at the end you’ll see it only begins again
    And everything you learn you’re only rememberin
    Cause you’re
    [Chorus (repeat 4X)]
    [Gift of Gab: repeat 2X]
    It’s me
    Let your mind and your soul be free
    Work to shine meet your goal believe
    Spread that kind of L-O-V-E
    Take some time off the lonely
    [Gil Scott-Heron: repeat to end]
    Cause all we got is rhythm and timin’
    We go beyond the edge of the sky


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