The underground scene often romanticizes revolution, but rarely reaches out to those most oppressed. Revolutions may start in lyrics but they must end in action. It’s bigger than hip hop, 5 and it should be. Although I’ve noticed more hip hop activism, I’m fearful that the growing division in hip hop will undermine progress. It is like the activists are underground but those that need it are the mainstream masses. No progress can come from this equation; so systemically , little has changed. Without the masses, there can be no movement. 6 People of color are still victims of oppressive social systems that lock us up and out of self-determination, the only real solution. To achieve self-determination, we need a catalyst. The Civil Rights movement had the church as its catalyst. We now have hip hop.