The Original G-Man of Hip-Hop Today’s rap artists need to take a seat for class is
in session with The Original G-Man of Hip Hop as the professor. I thought I knew
what Hip Hop was all about, that is before I crossed paths with one of the original
Hype Men of Hip Hop.
G-Man was a contributing cultivator, one of the foremen, one of the creators of
the Hip Hop culture. In order to understand Hip Hop you will have to be educated
on how the culture started and what it mean. G-Man was born and raised in New
York, New York which is home to Hip Hop. Back in the 1970s the inner city kids of
the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, New York would come together to
create rhymes to Emcee over beats that echoed from the amps that were set up
on stoops and at storefronts. He broke down the term Hip Hop, in which he
explained that in the early 1970s the word “Hip” meant popular, cool, or being
with the “in” crowd. Back in the 70s era the “Hip” kids would travel to different
areas to go to meetings and perform at shows. The “Hip” kids didn’t have the
means of transportation to get around, so they usually travel by train. In order to
get on trains you have to pay a token at the turnstiles, and since money and
tokens were limited the “Hip” kids would “Hop” over the turnstiles to get on the
trains to go show off their Emceeing capabilities.
It was then the Hip Hop culture came to life and change music forever. G-Man
was one of the original hype men in which he rocked the crowds for Hip Hop
Artists Rob Base and the late DJ EZ Rock. G-Man was known for energizing the
crowds before the main artists come on the stage. Being one of the inner city kids
going to meetings better known as cyphers, Hip Hop was built on the foundation
of these three principles: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding. Today as we
look at The BET Awards they have a segment called The Cypher. G-Man stated
“Cypher is not being in a room passing around a microphone rapping. Cypher is
where all artists in Hip Hop come together and hold a meeting with the intent to
uplift and build up communities.
Hip Hop is not rapping, rapping is just a way to talk garbage. In Hip Hop you are
an Emcee not a rapper.
Emcee bring substance, rapping brings abuse” In 1976 G-Man who also went by
the stage name MC Friction, was signed to Joey Robinson Jr, CEO of Sugar Hill
Gang Empire. G-Man was not only known for igniting life to a crowd, he was also
a bodyguard for Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, several dignitaries, A-List celebrities,
and much more. He made it known that he don’t like bullies and it is in his
nature to protect others. G-Man was trained by the Navy, Army, Marines, and Air
force so that he would fully possess full capabilities to dismantle any jeopardous
situation that may arise when protecting another human life. As Hip Hop music
changed into the substance that brought on violence, abuse of women, the sale
and abuse of narcotics, G-Man decided to be a full-time bodyguard.
Now G-Man is back on the scene to save Hip Hop from these rap artists that make
songs with lyrics that spew out violence. G-Man made a statement and 1100%
agree with him, “These rappers that make songs talking about how many women
they slept with, how much money they made off selling drugs, how many people
they killed say they don’t like snitches, but they snitch on themselves through
their music. How can you trust a self-snitch?”. He came back to place the
Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding back into music. He want to use the
growing power and wide-spread of Hip Hop to bring back its sole purpose, which
is to reach, teach, and uplift communities. G-Man re-emerge with three hit singles
that personified the entity of the original Hip Hop culture. “B Where U R” was
made in tribute to the late Michael Jackson. “Tuff Luv” spoke of the effect of
parents not parenting their kids. “Who Dat Got Yo Bak” is an eye-opener for
those to think they know who is for them. G-Man currently helping develop young
MCs get rooted in true Hip Hop.
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