The Fifth Element of Hip Hop - Knowledge
Hip Hop has established itself as a gravitas culture that crosses borders of race, ethnicity, class, religion and professions. Members of the hip hop generation carry the residue of the culture into all knowledge based spaces and professions they inhabit, seasoning their works with hip hop's flavour. Architecture is not exempt from this phenomenon. The hip hop generation uses these professional arenas to disseminate an accurate historical account of hip hop and to share the principles of its core elements. The term hip hop generation describes us today, a new generation in search of a more encompassing and rooted understanding of our culture, outside of the corporate monopoly. The hip hop generation is an assertion of agency that encapsulates this era’s broad range of abilities, ideas as well as their social, political and economic awareness. This generation goes a step beyond calling themselves the hip hop generation, it is now common for this generation to proclaim, “I am Hip Hop”. Signifying that hip hop is beyond music, beyond culture, it is a lifestyle now moving into knowledge based professions as this generation who were birthed into hip hop, comes of age and becomes leaders in various professions.