So Black I’m Bright #DopeAF Oluwatoyin Tella Open Now- February 26 at Honfleur

I am using one of the elements of Hip Hop to pay homage to the lyrical
geniuses who have carried the torch of the pan-African.  I am choosing
to use visual representation of the ‘dopest’ lyrical snippets I’ve come
across, but by no means exhausted, as titles. In simple terms, real hip
hop was and is an homage to Blackness. Where commercial rap has
been devalued to the pointless bravado of oversexualized deviants, Hip
Hop is a continuation of the lineage of African liberation. The lyrics are
unabashedly blunt and Black; no pausing, no hesitation, just straight up
bold Black reverence.  As Black people were relegated to being the
untouchables in the global caste system, Hip Hop lyricist boldly defied
the narrative of Black as inferior. They wholeheartedly proclaimed its
beauty, strength and otherworldliness thru their artform.
Growing up in the golden era of hip hop straight from the countryside
of Nigeria to New York, I was enamored by and connected to Hip Hop
instantly. Hip hop is the need of modern griots to spread the word of
Black excellence. Even with some noteworthy artist that are holding
the space of traditional hip hop as Black empowerment, it has been
high-jacked for capitalistic gain and the ‘Blackity” blackness of hip hop
has largely been ignored, until now.
Hip Hop is my soul’s motto, where it changes like tenements and
ghettoes but I know villages bloom in unborn wombs where my soul’s