This is not geared towards any rapper in general, and it is not in any way, shape or form to tear anyone down but to rather bring awareness to a structure in music that has been unconscious as a whole for a considerable amount of time.
As a millennial at the age of 27 I had my fair share of solid partying from the age of 18 – 24, from beer pong tables, to countless unconscious drinking games, sloppy dancing nights and walks in which I can’t not remember how I got home.
It is rather blasphemous to say that I do not like hip hop, because in fact I do listen to it while I work out. There are three parts of hip hop and mainly music as a whole and part one is the lyrics and part two is the vocals and part three is the instrumentals.
My main motivation for listening to hip hop is for the catchy instrumentals and the auto tune vocals in which I can dance to in between putting up a set of triceps during my workout.
Motivation for music comes in many different forms from one person to another. I cannot sit here and say however that listening to hip hop has had a major influence on my lifestyle and the more I had listened to it, the more I had wanted to party.
I have found though that on my spiritual journey a lot of the lyrics that have been found in hip hop have major flaws. And when I say flaws I’m simply speaking of blockages from inner peace, love and tranquility the ultimate sensation one can possibly have.
“I’m the best rapper alive.”
“I’m the greatest rapper of all time.”
From rap battles, to two or more rap artists “beefing”, to putting others down are examples that show competition is a major component in today’s hip hop game. Competition drives a major egotistical battle in hip hop game is a major understatement, that words simply cannot express even if you have paid the least bit of attention to hip hop which it’s popular artists go viral online consistently.
One awareness, or oneness is a common foreground that spirituality preaches which simply means that at the heart of my being I am one with everything including you and at the center of you’re being you are one with everything including me. It is the one god is everything and everything is a one god awareness.
This awareness eliminates the need for any competition, the me versus you so that we can come back to the source of our heart and recognize that everyone wants the same thing even if we are unaware of it which is peace, love and tranquility.
Inferiority complex is common ground in rappers who showcase there so called superiority to the rest of the world. Consider this question deeply however, if you were truly comfortable within yourself, truly at peace what in the world would make you feel like you have to be superior to someone or something?
The truth only those who feel that they need to be superior deep down are feeling as if they are inadequate, inferior in some way and the illusion here is that….
“Nobody is superior; nobody is inferior but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable.” – Osho
There is a such thing as a healthy competition?
There can be healthy competition yes, but I highly doubt if you go listen to rap battle on Youtube you would be able to sense anything even remotely close to that of a “healthy” competition.
As a lifelong sports fan, I can also say that as much as I love sports it to can create separation but that’s a whole other ballgame, pun intended.
I’ve probably seen hundreds of hip hop videos in which said rapper is throwing money, bands, bills, paper whatever jargon that is used in the world today.
Money is not bad or good but is a showcase of the reflection of your inward reality or consciousness.
This is another case in which competition arises. “Getcha dollas up” is phrase to showcase that I have more money then you therefor I’m superior at life than you.
We equate money as our worthiness to society, because the ‘self’ that compares itself to the rest of society has to one up it and what better way to use money to do so.
There is no question that money can make us live more comfortable lives as it provides food, water, shelter and life’s basic necessities.
The challenge with equating your worthiness with money is that no amount of money in the world can give sustainable happiness, or peace.
Every single material in this world has a lifespan of intrinsic value. The car you buy today will not give you the same feeling a year from now, and the same goes for any material that you can think of. If you don’t believe me look at the presents for Christmas, you got when you were younger and ask yourself do they have the same effect on you that they did the moment that you opened them? Not even speaking from you as a child but even last year, or two years ago.
This does not mean you will lose your appreciation of the things you have in your life, but to think that any material can give you everlasting happiness is an illusion at best.
So rather than seeing money as something that makes you worthy or unworthy see it as a tool that you can use to simply enjoy more experiences in your life.
Just as with money, fame is not a bad thing, but again it’s easy to believe that the more famous you are the worthier you are as a human being, which is simply a great illusion causing great deals of unhappiness and unworthiness.
It does not matter if your Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Oprah Winfrey, Nicki Minaj or any other famous person who’s worshipped you are no more or no less worthy of love, peace and tranquility then they are.
Fame is great, it can showcase someone’s effort, skill or talent in many ways and if it comes to you that awesome and it is not something anybody should feel guilty for. The key here though is that it cannot give you complete freedom.
One of my well respected hip hop artists J Cole explains his journey perfectly, this is a must watch video.
What Can Give Me Complete Freedom?
The only thing that can give you complete freedom is to awaken to what you truly are, which is this moment.
You cannot understand this with the mind, but that is the point of what J Cole discusses in his video. The mind cannot stop, it has to keep going, it needs more thought because it ‘thinks’ that more thought will satisfy it, but it never does.
The mind only stops in this moment and it is right here and right now that you can only be complete. In order to understand more of this, read ‘The Pursuit Of Happiness Demolished.
With this being said I’m going to continue listening to hip hop, I’m going to dance to it, have fun with it, I’m just not going to let it use me, by influencing my thought process now that I am aware of what truly matters.
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Matthew Scott Donnelly was born and raised in Indiana. At the age of 24 he decided that he had not manifest a life that he was happy with, and decided to dedicate his heart and soul to Personal Growth and Development material. Roughly about one year later at the age of 25 he went from basic personal growth teachings to the a deeper realm into spirituality. Matthew is now 27 and his main focus is to continue on the path of awakening, and utilize his Facebook marketing skills to spread Spiritual and Consciousness related material to the rest of the world. You can follow Matthew and his work down below.