The Hiphop Declaration Of Peace

June 10th, 2005

Since he first released music, KRS One has worked extremely hard to insure that the music and the culture of hiphop is preserved and developed carefully. As a founder of the Temple Of Hiphop, he became one of the first, if not thee first person to offer an indepth definition and analysis of the elements of the culture. At one point he delivered his writing to the United Nations, who appreciated and acknowledged hiphop as a culture and nation. It is with pleasure that this website offers visitors an opportunity to read the temple's declaration of peace.

THE HIPHOP DECLARATION OF PEACE GUIDES HIPHOP KULTURE TOWARD FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE, AND ESTABLISHES ADVISE AND PROTECTION FOR THE EXISTENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL HIPHOP COMMUNITY. THROUGH THE PRINCIPALS OF THIS HIPHOP DECLARATION OF PEACE WE, HIPHOP KULTURE, ESTABLISH A FOUNDATION OF HEALTH, LOVE AWARENESS, WEALTH, PEACE AND PROSPERITY FOR OURSELVES, OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDRENÕS CHILDREN, FOREVER.

FOR THE CLARIFICATION OF HIPHOP MEANING AND PURPOSE, OR WHEN THE INTENTION OF HIPHOP IS THE QUESTIONED, OR WHEN DISPUTES BETWEEN PARTIES ARISE CONCERNING HIPHOP, HIPHOPPAS SHALL HAVE ACCESS TO THE ADVICE OF THE DOCUMENT, THE HIPHOP DECLARATION OF PEACE, AS GUIDANCE, ADVICE AND PROTECTION.

FIRST PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP (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 HIPHOP KULTURE MANIFEST; THIS HIPHOP DECLARATION OF PEACE SHALL ADVISE THE USE AND INTERPRETATION OF SUCH ELEMENTS, EXPRESSION AND LIFESTYLE.

SECOND PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP 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 PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP KULTURE RESPECTS THE LAWS AND THE AGREEMENTS OF ITS CULTURE, ITS COUNTRY, ITS INSTITUTIONS, AND WHOMEVER IT DOES BUSINESS WITH. HIPHOP DOE NOT IRRESPONSIBLY BREAK LAWS AND COMMITMENTS.

FOURTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP 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 MINE. HIPHOP KULTURE ENCOURAGES WOMANHOOD, MANHOOD, SISTERHOOD, BROTHERHOOD, CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY. WE ARE CONSCIOUS NOT TO BRING ANY INTERNATIONAL DISRESPECT THAT JEOPARDIZES THE DIGNITY AND REPUTATION OF OUR CHILDREN, ELDERS AND ANCESTORS.

FIFTH PRINCIPLE

THE ABILITY TO DEFINE, DEFEND AND EDUCATE OURSELVES IS ENCOURAGED, DEVELOPED, PRESERVED, PROTECTED AND PROMOTED AS A MEANS TOWARDS PEACE AND PROSPERITY, AND TOWARD THE PROTECTION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF PURPOSE, 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 PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP KULTURE HONORS NO RELATIONSHIP, PERSON, EVENT, ACT OR OTHERWISE, WHEREIN THE PRESERVATION AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE HIPHOP CULTURE, PRINCIPLES AND ELEMENTS ARE NOT CONSIDERED OR RESPECTED. HIPHOP KULTURE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES THAT CLEARLY DESTROY OR ALTER ITS ABILITY TO PRODUCTIVELY AND PEACEFULLY EXIST. HIPHOPPAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO INITIATE AND PARTICIPATION FAIR TRADE AND HONESTY IN ALL NEGOTIATIONS AND TRANSACTIONS. SEVENTH PRINCIPLE THE ESSENCE OF HIPHOP IS BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT; THE ELEMENT OF HIPHOP KULTURE MAY BE TRADED FOR MONEY, HONOR, POWER, RESPECT, FOOD, SHELTER, INFORMATION AND OTHER RESOURCES; HOWEVER, HIPHOP CAN NOT BE BOUGHT, NOR IS IT FOR SALE. IT CAN NOT BE TRANSFERRED NOR EXCHANGED, BY OR TO ANYONE, FOR ANY COMPENSATION, AT ANY TIME OR PLACE. HIPHOP IS THE PRICELESS PRINCIPLE OF OUR SELF-EMPOWERMENT. HIPHOP IS NOT A PRODUCT.

EIGHTH PRINCIPLE

COMPANIES, 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 TERMS OF HIPHOP, (I.E. HIP HOP, HIP-HOP,) AND THE EXPRESSIONS AND TERMINOLOGIES OF HIPHOP, (I.E. HIP HOP, HIP-HOP,) ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMMISSION AND/OR EMPLOY A FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME CERTIFIED HIPHOP CULTURAL SPECIALIST, TO INTERPRET AND ANSWER SENSITIVE, CULTURAL QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PRINCIPLES AND PROSPER PRESENTATIONS OF HIPHOP'S ELEMENTS AND CULTURE; RELATIVE TO BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUALS, ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITIES, CITIES, AS WELL AS OTHER COUNTRIES.

NINTH PRINCIPLE

MAY 3RD IS RAP MUSIC DAY. HIPHOPPAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO DEDICATE THEIR TIME AND TALENT TO SELF-DEVELOMENT AND FOR SERVICE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. EVERY THIRD WEEK IN MAY IS HIPHOP APPRECIATION WEEK. DURING THIS TIME, HIPHOPPAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO HONOR THEIR ANCESTORS, REFLECT UPON THEIR CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS, AND APPRECIATE THE ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF HIPHOP KULTURE. NOVEMBER IS HIPHOP HISTORY MONTH. DURING THIS TIME HIPHOPPAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CREATING, LEARNING AND HONORING OF HIPHOP HISTORY AND HISTORICAL CULTURAL CONTRIBUTORS.

TENTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOPPAS 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 PRINCIPLE

THE HIPHOP 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. HIPHOP CULTURE IS UNITED AS ONE MULTI-SKILLED, MULTI-CULTURAL, MULTI-FAITH, MULTI-RACIAL PEOPLE, COMMITTED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF PEACE.

TWELFTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP KULTURE DOES NOT INTENTIONALLY OR VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATE IN ANY FORM OF HATE, DECEIT, PREJUDICE OR THEFT AT ANY TIME. AT NO TIME SHOULD HIPHOP KULTURE ENGAGE IN ANY VIOLENT WAR WITHIN ITSELF. THOSE WHO INTERNATIONALLY VIOLATE THE PRINCIPLES OF THIS DECLARATION OF PEACE OR INTERNATIONALLY REJECT ITS ADVICE, FORFEIT BY THEIR OWN ACTIONS, THE PROTECTION SET FORTH HEREIN.

THIRTEENTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP 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 NEGOTIATIONS HAVE FAILED REPEATEDLY.

FOURTEENTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOPPAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ELIMINATE POVERTY, SPEAK OUT AGAINST INJUSTICE, AND TO SHAPE A MORE CARING SOCIETY AND A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD. HIPHOP KULTURE SUPPORTS A DIALOGUE AND ACTION THAT HEALS DIVISIONS IN SOCIETY, ADDRESSES THE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS OF HUMANKIND, AND ADVANCES THE CAUSE OF PEACE.

FIFTEENTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOPPAS RESPECT AND LEARN FROM THE WAYS OF NATURE, REGARDLESS OF WHERE WE ARE ON THIS PLANET. HIPHOP 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, OFFSPRINGS AND INHABITANTS OF NATURE.

SIXTEENTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP'S PIONEERS, LEGENDS, TEACHAS, ELDERS, AND ANCESTORS SHALL NOT BE INACCURATELY QUOTED, MISREPRESENTED, OR DISRESPECTED AT ANYTIME. NO ONE SHOULD PROFESS TO BE HIP HOP PIONEER OR LEGEND UNLESS THEY CAN PROVE, WITH FACTS AND/OR WITNESS, THEIR CREDIBILITY AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO HIPHOP KULTURE.

SEVENTEENTH PRINCIPLE

HIPHOPPAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE RESOURCES. HIPHOPPAS SHOULD GIVE AS FREELY AND AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE, IN THE RELIEF OF HUMANS SUFFERING AND IN THE CORRECTION OF INJUSTICE. HIPHOP 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 PRINCIPLE

HIPHOP KULTURE MAINTAINS A HEALTHY, CARING AND WEALTHY, CENTRAL HIPHOP GUILD—FULLY AWARE AND INVESTED WITH THE POWER TO PROMOTE, TEACH, INTERPRET, MODIFY AND DEFEND THE PRINCIPLES OF THE HIP HOP DECLARATION OF PEACE.

This declaration is available at the official website for the Temple Of Hiphop It also appears in the book 'Ruminations' by KRS One, which is a recommended read.



3 Responses to “The Hiphop Declaration Of Peace”

  1. goborn '05 Says:

    yo jus wonderin is it me or is the seventh princip[le for the declartion of peace missing? if so what is it. holla back. G

    p.s. does anyone know of any sick-ass graffiti sites. PEACE

  2. Reality? Says:

    The Seventh Overstanding is that The elements of Hiphop Kulture may be traded for money, honor, power, respect, food and other resources. However, Hiphop’s Kulture is never for sale – nor can it be bought. It is the priceless principle of our self-empowerment.

    Peace & Love

    Reality? – Universal Zulu Nation – - Mud Family -

  3. Bizon Says:

    + Seventh Principle

    The essence of Hiphop is beyond entertainment: The elements of Hiphop Kulture may be traded for money, honor, power, respect, food, shelter, information and other resources; however, Hiphop and its culture cannot be bought, nor is it for sale. It (Hiphop) cannot be transferred or exchanged by or to anyone for any compensation at any time or at any place. Hiphop is not a product. Hiphop is the priceless principle of our self-empowerment.