Hip-Hop 4 Flint: We Are the Champions

Hip-Hop 4 Flint: We Are the Champions
By Mr. Joe Walker

I knew I was going to say a few words at Hip-Hop 4 Flint: Grand Rapids. With so many talented, insightful people at The Intersection on March 19, what could I voice that wouldn’t have already been covered in song? What could I add to the vision of YoNasDa Lonewolf, and the extension of her vision being led by organizer DJ Choppy Blades there in Grand Rapids? The answer was so obviously draped over my shoulder.

The citizens of Flint, MI are being hurt by the poisonous water crisis. We participated in Hip-Hop 4 Flint, a day of unity and solidarity shared with 51 other cities across the world, to be their champions.

Flint’s people were left alone in a ring of despair, surrounded by the ill intentions of neglect. Misfortune was readying its finishing move.

We ran heroically to the ring to ensure they would not be defeated by this unfortunate situation.

We fight with and for them using our talents, our compassion for humanity, and our determination to best the worst, to procure victory for a community in need. That’s what hip-hop is truly about.

It’s championship material.

[Also read my SoulTrain.com recap of Hip-Hop 4 Flint]