For the purpose of uniting and establishing our common identity we, the kultural specialists of Hiphop’s Kulture and elements, under divine guidance and inspiration, make manifest the “Refinitions”. Establishing and expressing Hiphop’s Kulture, History and Elements, the “Refinitions” Manifest the evidence of our existence.
The Hip Hop Elements, as expressed by the Temple of Hiphop are the study and application of these art forms:
Street (Inner-city) Elements
Street Fashion – commonly refers to the clothing trends of the inner-city. However, Street Fashion deals with all trends and styles of Hiphop Kulture, what’s in and what’s out regardless of expression.
Street Language – commonly referred to as “Black English,” “Urban Slang,” and “Ebonics.” It is Hiphop’s language and linguistic codes; the verbal communication of the “streets.”
Street Knowledge – commonly refers to the basic common sense and accumulated wisdom of inner-city families. It consists of techniques, affirmations, codes and terms used to survive and the ability to reason soundly with or without the ideas or validation of the mainstream.
Street Entrepreneurial-ism – commonly referred to as “having game,” “The Natural Salesman,” “the smooth diplomat who creates business opportunity.” It is the readiness to engage in the creation of a business venture by way of grassroots business practices.
What is Hip Hop?
Hiphop (consciousness) – our unique spirit, our unique collective consciousness, the creative force behind Hip Hop’s elements. The name of our lifestyle.
Hip Hop (culture) – the performances and description of the elements (outlined below)
hip-hop (product) – rap music product and those things associated with it.
Hiphop Kulture is the name of our community of consciousness
Undaground – term used to describe people, places, things and expressions that refuse to unnecessarily compromise the principles and traditions of its existence to gain mainstream acceptance.
Rap Fan – 0ne who enjoys or respects rap music but does not distinguish it from the culture of Hip Hop.
Hiphoppa – An active participant of the Hip Hop culture. A citizen of the Hip Hop nation.
Temple Member – A Hiphoppa that is a registered member of the Temple of Hip Hop and has begun a serious study into the Overstandings of the Gospel of Hip Hop.
True Hiphoppa – Is a Temple Member who is studied in the Overstandings of the Gospel of Hip Hop
Templist – A True Hiphoppa that is seriously committed and faithfully dedicated to the development of the Temple of Hiphop.
Attuned Hiphoppa – Is a Templist who has overcome the values of the world and regulated the passions of the physical body.
Hiphop Kultural Specialist – An Attuned Hiphoppa that is certified by the Temple of Hip Hop to teach Hip Hop publicly.
Minista – A Minista is a server, Hiphop Kultural Specialist that has achieved the H-LAW. Ministas teach Universal Law which includes life-coaching and spiritual advice relevant to the Hip Hop community
Teacha – A Teacha is a highly skilled Hip Hop Minista who has declared victory over the streets
The Dark Age
(Age of Revolution) 1961 – 1971
Hip Hop is born out of a reaction to oppression. Power Lesson – Originality is a cultural status symbol
The Light Age
(Age of Light) 1971-1981
Hip Hop becomes known as an urban movement. Power Lesson – Sight is the awareness to utilize your environment.
The Golden Age
(Age of Awareness) 1981-1991
Hiphoppas become self aware. Some choose cultural expression while some choose corporate expression. Power Lesson – The loss of sight begins while Hip Hop is at the apex of understanding.
The Platinum Age
(Age of Power – Ice Age) 1991 – 2001
The Hip Hop community benefits from the foundations laid by previous ages. True Hip Hop goes underground and Rap music becomes mainstream. Power Lesson – Mainstream accessibility rewards the absence of originality.
The Information Age
(Age of Culture) 2001 – 2011
Hip Hop is common knowledge to the nation and the world while it loses some mainstream appeal and success. At this time the First Instrument of the Gospel of Hip Hop is created to bring a renewed sense of worth to the Hip Hop community. Power Lesson – What goes around comes back…-The Gospel of Hip Hop ; 2nd Overstanding – The Refinitions