Emile YX? & Heal The Hood Project has decided to sell books to buy bricks and build South Africa’s first Heal The Hood Hip Hop House.
Their first step is to sell 200 books by pre-order to raise the initial capital to upload the book to all platforms (like Amazon, Bookbaby, etc) for online sales. They have already pre-sold 43 books (157 to go) for the first step. They have estimated that they’ll have to sell 20 000 books to make the money to buy the property and build the 1st ever Hip Hop House in South Africa, while also expanding the work they do nationally.
In this book, Emile shares his 38 years of practising the elements of Hip Hop Culture & Artistic Activism (Artivism), while also sharing his view that the Origins of Hip Hop Culture is African and thus popular globally, as we all come from Africa. Emile saw this time as being important to share this information, as it would add to the growing need for mental equality of African people in the global psyche of all people. Emile sees this as the only way to really give value and equality to black lives. Black lives are African lives and thus the world needs to know more about Africa, in order to attain a mental state of equality and humanity.
ABOUT THE CONCEPT, VIDEOS & BOOK
CONCEPT – “Reconnect the String” is born out of the Bushman thinking that we have broken the connection to our past, present and thus future. We are also separated from ourselves, our spirit and nature. Decolonization or rehumanization of information demands that we reach back into the real heritage of a culture that is deeply rooted in Africa & thus all Human (Africa The Cradle of Humanity) forms of expression.
VIDEOS – This is also about first person stories and telling our own heritage. Our stories need to be retold by us and this is what I have started in Cape Town. I am reaching out to encourage others to do the same globally by connecting with them and asking them to collect their own stories to rewrite their own histories. Reconnect The String is also about the real friendships and family that Hip Hop has globally, outside of industry. I have thus far recorded 4 interviews and edited and uploaded 1. Here is the link to the first interview and edit.
BOOK – explains various lessons that I learned in the last 38 years of being involved in Hip Hop Culture as one of the Pioneers of South African Hip Hop, Founding member of Black Noise Hip Hop Group & Heal The Hood Project, a practitioner of the elements of B-boying, MCing, Aerosol Art, event organiser, Author, Award winning Playwright, Entrepreneur, Shop Owner, Judge on TV dance show “Step Up Or Step Out”, LeadSA Winner, ETV South African Hero, Mandela Monday Award Winner, Ubuntu Life-time achievement award Winner, South African Hip Hop Awards Honorary Award and many more.
See the design of the Hip Hop House at 0:44 seconds in the video link above.
Chapter 1: The Illusion of Nothingness – Hip Hop has a deep heritage of the people that manifested it in the South Bronx. A heritage that goes back to the first people of all people in Africa.
Chapter 2: Speaks on greeting and recognizing the humanity in others and thus our equality.
Chapter 3:- Is about the Ancient Circle and its current manifestation and power in Hip Hop.
Chapter 4: Is about the handclaps & cyclic chants around the circle that gave birth to the rhythmic trance and loop and DJ.
Chapter 5: The Trance Dancer or B-boy is the healing that is obtained from letting go in the circle and letting the feeling or rhythm take charge of your body.
Chapter 6: Tells of the Storyteller that manifests the words and makes real the lessons sent in the circle. This became the MC.
Chapter 7: Speaks about the Rock Artist who depicted the session of trance dance and journey from this realm to another onto and into the rock. This is the modern day aerosol artist or writer.
Chapter 8: The Battle plays a central role in Hip Hop Culture, but the real battle is against one self to become the best that we are able to become. The opponent is just a guide to challenge what’s inside and not outside.
Chapter 9: Their shiny offerings are about the power of capitalistic distraction from the true healing that Hip Hop brings. It has been the means to divide and conquer the creators since the arrival of colonial powers to distant lands.
Chapter 10: Breaks down the power of the traditional village and its role in raising the child. The community in Hip Hop is that village and has helped with security, mentorship, etc.
Chapter 11: Is Knowledge Of Self, that is the infinite search for self and purpose in the world, through alternative information and openness to always be a student.
Chapter 12: The Elder or in Hip Hop the OG serves as a holder of experience that can be passed on to selected youth. This is an African and first nation tradition, where knowledge and more importantly experience is passed down for free, unlike in western education.
Chapter 13: The Cycle is the passing on of your energy from generation to generation and thus keeping yourself alive through others that pass on the lessons making the “I” less important to the “we”, yet holding the respect and accountability to share and grow as a collective within the world and nature.
Chapter 14: Is the creativity that we are and how it holds our solutions and power to create a new reality for ourselves. It is also ironically taken out of the school systems and made to seem of lesser value, when all wealth is the usages of others creations for the wealth of the few.
Chapter 15: the “Mathematics of Survival and then Thriving”, that I used over the last 27 years to pay bills, buy a house and car, etc. Also how to diversify your creative incomes streams, making creativity and cash flow have endless potential, but also to PUT BACK INTO YOUR COMMUNITY.
Chapter 16: Is our plan to grow together and become the change that we wish to see as a Hip Hop/ Artist/ community. It is a call out to those who have experience, knowledge and wealth to share with those who have not yet found their way, to bring about new thinking and empowered people.
If you have any questions about the project or wish to order more books for your schools, universities and colleges, please feel free to contact me. All my information is below.
Cell in RSA + 27 81 486 5635
Mobile in USA + 1 510 3592755
Whatsapp + 27 81 486 5635
Emile Office + 27 21 706 0481
Emile email firstname.lastname@example.org