This is the first time People & Stories is presenting a produced oral history, and it's for a good reason. Lord Judah is the artist behind H.I.P.H.O.P., which stands for Highly Intelligent People Healing Our Planet. H.I.P.H.O.P. is many things. It's a philosophy for engaging with social issues, a mobile-teaching unit, and an artistic collective. H.I.P.H.O.P. is combining music with a social justice mission through teaching workshops with young people and support for local artists.
Lord Judah and JCA mix their personal stories about coming up in White Plains with insights about how to find a place as an artist personally and professionally. They relate the story of H.I.P.H.O.P.'s partnership with the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence and also explain the issues they address in their work. You can read (and listen!) about the project on Lord Judah's website.
The music featured in the recording is from H.I.P.H.O.P.'s album Accountability: The Soundtrack For The New Movement. Instrumental tracks interspersed with this oral history are “Survive Unite,” “Won't Change,” “Discipline,” and “Riot (Rage In Our Thoughts).”