Philosophical: Grounded in Critical Hip-Hop Theory
The Cultural Soul Project is grounded in Critical Hip-Hop Theory. This means we understand hip-hop as a legitimate cultural art form that reflects the lived experiences, lived realities, and cultural sensibilities of those who have been shaped by life on the margins in inner city urban America. Moreover, we have a deep concern about how marginalized populations formulate and negotiate identity, while simultaneously finding a sense of meaning, being, and purpose within various contexts of social and structural marginalization. Thus, we assert that hip-hop, as a cultural art form, can provide hope, possibility and resistance against the social and structural marginalization that one confronts in society.
The Cultural Soul Project submits that hip-hop, an indigenous, inner city cultural art form created in postindustrial urban America, can provide profound social commentary and social critique on the systems and structures that have a disproportionate and detrimental impact on the lives of People of Color; it can also provide vivid articulation about the systemic and structural causes of the social conditions and social realities of inner city urban America. We also contend that hip- hop, as a cultural art form, can provide respite from, and have fun within, the contemporary reality and social conditions of inner city living; it is creative with the available resources at its disposal, while also generating ideas of possibility within the context of inner city urban life.