For the clarification of Hiphop’s meaning and purpose, or when the intention of Hiphop is questioned, or when disputes between parties arise concerning Hiphop; Hiphoppas shall have access to the advice of this document, The Hiphop Declaration of Peace, as guidance, advice and protection.
First PrincipleHip-hop (Hip’Hop) is a term that describes our independent collective consciousness. Ever growing, it is commonly expressed through such elements as Breakin, Emceein, Graffiti Art, Deejayin, Beatboxin, Street Fashion, Street Language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism. Wherever and whenever these and future elements and expressions of Hip Hop Kulture manifest; this Hiphop Declaration of Peace shall advise the use and interpretation of such elements, expressions and lifestyle.
Second PrincipleHip Hop Kulture respects the dignity and sanctity of life without discrimination or prejudice. Hiphoppas shall thoroughly consider the protection and the development of life, over and before the individual decision to destroy or seek to alter its natural development.
Third PrincipleHip Hop Kulture respects the Laws and agreements of its culture, its country, its institutions and whomever it does business with. Hip-hop does not irresponsibly break Laws and commitments.
Fourth PrincipleHip-hop is a term that describes our independent collective consciousness. As a conscious way of life, we acknowledge our influence on society, especially on children; and we shall forever keep the rights and welfare of both in mind. Hip Hop Kulture encourages womanhood, manhood, sisterhood, brotherhood, childhood and family. We are conscious not to bring any intentional disrespect that jeopardizes the dignity and reputation of our children, elders and ancestors.
Fifth PrincipleThe ability to define, defend and educate ourselves is encouraged, developed, preserved, protected and promoted as a means toward peace and prosperity, and toward the protection and the development of our self-worth. Through knowledge of purpose and the development of our natural and learned skills, Hiphoppas are encouraged to always present their best work and ideas.
Sixth PrincipleHiphop Kulture honors no relationship, person, event, act or otherwise wherein the preservation and further development of hip-hop’s culture, principles and elements are not considered or respected. Hip Hop Kulture does not participate in activities that clearly destroy or alter its ability to productively and peacefully exist. Hiphoppas are encouraged to initiate and participate in fair trade and honesty in all negotiations and transactions.
Seventh PrincipleThe essence of hip-hop is beyond entertainment: The elements of Hip Hop Kulture may be traded for money, honor, power, respect, food, shelter, information and other resources; however, hip-hop and its culture cannot be bought, nor is it for sale. It cannot be transferred or exchanged by or to anyone for any compensation at any time or at any place. Hip-hop is the priceless principle of our self-empowerment. Hip-hop is not a product.
Eighth PrincipleCompanies, corporations, non and not-for-profit organizations, as well as individuals and groups that are clearly benefiting from the use, interpretation and/or exploitation of the term Hiphop, (i.e. Hip Hop, hip-hop,) and the expressions and terminologies of Hip-hop, (i.e. Hip Hop, hiphop) are encouraged to commission and/or employ a full-time or part-time certified hip-hop cultural specialist to interpret and answer sensitive cultural questions regarding the principles and proper presentations of hip-hop’s elements and culture; relative to businesses, individuals, organizations, communities, cities, as well as other countries.
Ninth PrincipleMay 3rd is Rap Music Day. Hiphoppas are encouraged to dedicate their time and talent to self-development and for service to their communities. Every third week in May is Hip Hop Appreciation Week (HHAW). During this time, hiphoppas are encouraged to honor their ancestors, reflect upon their cultural contributions and appreciate the elements and principles of Hip Hop Kulture. November is Hip Hop History Month. During this time hiphoppas are encouraged to participate in the creating, learning and honoring of hi-hop’s history and historical cultural contributors.
Tenth PrincipleHiphoppas are encouraged to build meaningful and lasting relationships that rest upon love, trust, equality and respect. Hiphoppas are encouraged not to cheat, abuse, or deceive their friends.
Eleventh PrincipleThe hip-hop community exists as an international culture of consciousness that provides all races, tribes, religions and styles of people a foundation for the communication of their best ideas and works. Hip Hop Kulture is united as one multi-skilled, multi-cultural, multi-faith, multi-racial people committed to the establishment and the development of peace.
Twelfth PrincipleHip Hop Kulture does not intentionally or voluntarily participate in any form of hate, deceit, prejudice or theft at any time. At no time shall Hip Hop Kulture engage in any violent war within itself. Those who intentionally violate the principles of this Declaration of Peace or intentionally reject its advice, forfeit by their own actions the protections set forth herein.
Thirteenth PrincipleHip Hop Kulture rejects the immature impulse for unwarranted acts of violence and always seeks diplomatic, non-violent strategies in the settlement of all disputes. Hiphoppas are encouraged to consider forgiveness and understanding before any act of retaliation. War is reserved as a final solution when there is evidence that all other means of diplomatic negotiation have failed repeatedly.
Fourteenth PrincipleHiphoppas are encouraged to eliminate poverty, speak out against injustice and shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world. Hip Hop Kulture supports a dialogue and action that heals divisions in society, addresses the legitimate concerns of humankind and advances the cause of peace.
Fifteenth PrincipleHiphoppas respect and learn from the ways of Nature, regardless of where we are on this planet. Hip Hop Kulture holds sacred our duty to contribute to our own survival as independent, free-thinking beings in and throughout the Universe. This planet, commonly known as Earth is our nurturing parent and hiphoppas are encouraged to respect Nature and all creations and inhabitants of Nature.
Sixteenth PrincipleHip-hop’s pioneers, legends, teachas, elders, and ancestors shall not be inaccurately quoted, misrepresented, or disrespected at anytime. No one should profess to be a hip-hop pioneer or legend unless they can prove with facts and/or witnesses their credibility and contributions to Hip Hop Kulture.
Seventeenth PrincipleHiphoppas are encouraged to share resources. Hiphoppas should give as freely and as often as possible. It is the duty of every hiphoppa to assist, whenever possible, in the relief of human suffering and in the correction of injustice. Hip-hop is shown the highest respect when hiphoppas respect each other. Hiphop Kulture is preserved, nurtured and developed when Hiphoppas preserve, nurture and develop one another.
Eighteenth PrincipleHip Hop Kulture maintains a healthy, caring and wealthy, central hip-hop guild fully aware and invested with the power to promote, teach, interpret, modify and defend the principles of this Hip Hop Declaration of Peace.