In the U.S. as in their native Africa , blacks beat out long – distance messages to one another on drums , and often these messages were calls to revolt . Indeed, state militia units were sometimes able to quash rebellions – in the making after receiving advance warning from the telltale drum calls. To be sure, African drum music was an effective means of long – distance communication.
HipHop continues this tradition. Sometimes my crew hear a beat, knowing what the other is thinking/expressing. Being in America makes us a branch from this tree communication. Yet still connected to the roots.