As the manuscript, Krip-Hop: Hip-Hop Artists with Disabilities Drop Knowledge makes its way through editing process then trying to find a publisher, Krip-Hop Nation and I, Leroy F. Moore Jr. still need to get this education out. As Hip-Hop History Month comes and goes every year in November, for ten years since its beginning in 2007, Krip-Hop Nation, has and will continue to educate and advocate in and out of the Hip-Hop/Music arena about musicians with disabilities, ableism and the need for inclusion in all arena that Hip-Hop/Music has touched frrom the home to the streets to higher education to the arts and beyond nationally & internationally.
We all, especially Black/Brown people, know that music and art are not only music and art but was and still is a venue for resistance and hope. On slave ships where “The Dozens” (Look it up) was born where disabled and other mark “unuseful’ slaves battled each other by telling stories that became one of the foundation of Hip-Hop to field songs that had messages that was passed down from slave to slave to Blues like Blind Willie Johnson who sung a haunting song, “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground,” on the steps of a New Orleans courtroom and many historians said he was arrested while singing for tips outside of a Custom House, when a passing officer misconstrued the title lyric and mistook it for incitement. These and more real stories of resistance through music by Black/Brown disabled artists are only a tip-of-the-iceberg but very few know the connection of race, art, disability and resistance. This history of Black/Brown disability resistance through the arts/music continues today with Krip-Hop Nation but it is still an uphill climb.
What are the full stories of Kase2 known as King Kase2 born Jeff Brown of New York, who was one of the first and well known graffiti artist of the late 70’s early 80’s in New York City or Ronald Savage who was one of the earliest promoter in Hip-Hop of New York and more early stories of artists with disabilities in Hip-Hop (yes both Kase2 and Savage are/were artists with disabilities).
Today Hip-Hop has grown into a world-wide movement with billions and billions of dollars so how did this global billion dollar movement touch people with disabilities world-wide? Krip-Hop Nation thinks that of course Hip-Hop have touched people with disabilities here in the US & world-wide however we, people with disabilities, have and still are oppress in and out of the Hip-Hop world-wide industry that at this time we, Hip-Hop artists, scholars and thinkers with disabilities around Hip-Hop are only now in are connecting and supporting each other and speaking our minds and our activism.
If anybody knows a publisher who might be interested in looking at the manuscript when it is done being edited, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Leroy F. Moore Jr.
Photo: Cartoon figure from KOUNTERCLOCKWISE in FOREVER-LAND animated by Jim
Director: Jim Lujan
Writers: Deacon Burns, Kounterclockwise