Earlier today, my dear dad reminded me about the prominent Danish hip hop proponent Jeppe Bisgaard’s very sad, way premature passing 2 years ago. He (my dad) had read a news article about Jeppe’s dad, Hans Otto Bisgaard, turning 75 – but not celebrating it, due to the persistent, deep sorrow left after his son’s passing, two summers ago, in late July, 2018.
My dad has always been very fond of Hans Otto Bisgaard’s radio and tv shows. And when I, as a 10 year old rap-obsessed kiddo began perusing (and eagerly anticipating) Jeppe Bisgaards monthly rap music column in the Danish youth music magazine Mix: we had a symbiotic/sympathetic familial reference: my dad a fan of his dad – and me a fan of his son:) Rock music for my dad – and fresh hip hop beats and cool rap for me:)
Indeed: my appreciation of music came from my dad. Growing up in a home, not with a piano – but with a turntable, and a large collection of great music!
Being reminded of Jeppe’s death, in turn, reminded me of those monthly Hip Hop & Rap pages he wrote every month, for Mix Magazine. I’d recently come across some of them, while looking for other stuff in my attic.
I took them with me from the attic down to my apartment, to show my rapper friend (Marvelous Mosell) when he comes here to record his music tracks. After recording, he needs entertainment for the hours I then spend mixing and mastering the productions.
Both he (Mosell) and I (obviously) hold the 70s, 80s, and 90 in high regard. And I think many of you do, too. So I decided to snap some pics of Jeppe’s Hip Hop & Rap music pages, for you too to enjoy a trip back to 1990-1991, and the hip hop stuff that happened back then:)
For visual and cultural reference, the PDF also contains the front-page of each magazine:) Quite amusing, me finks! Enjoy!
Download the articles as PDF here!
Jeppe’s influence on my exposure to rap music and hip hop culture
Along with MTV (which back then wasn’t imbecilic, time-wastin’ crap, but a paradigm-pushing cultural instigator) – and the Friday eve electronic music show Det Dur (translated: That/It Works!) feat. Soulshock, Cutfather, Delgado, and Ezi Cut, on Denmark’s Radio – Jeppe Bisgaard’s column helped this 10 year old Tazmanian Ninja discover, and navigate through, the jungle of hip hop.
Without Jeppe’s writing, I hadn’t been introduced to Zulu Nation and its values of positivity, peace, love, and unity. Values that have been part of my mindset ever since. Thank you, Jeppe! (and Afrika Bambaataa of course – despite the subsequent child abuse allegations)
Jeppe’s column didn’t just introduce me to straight-up hip hop / rap music – but also to hip house music! A genre I’m currently reviving and reliving here:)
During the mid-90s, I also occasionally tuned into Jeppe’s rap radio program on The Voice: Ruff, Rugged’n Raw (though by then I was more into house and techno than hip hop / rap music).
A few encouraging words on the afterlife
Finally, I want to express my deepest, most sincere love and joy to his family – and everyone/anyone else who are still missing him, daily. Such a loss transcends the meaning of words such as sorrow and grief. Healing such wounds takes time – but they will never fully heal. And so it should be. It’s an expression of healthy love. It reminds us to be the best, kindest human beings we can be, every day of our own lives. Argue less. Love more.
I read somewhere that Jeppe believed in life after death. Sadly, such a conviction is not always shared by those left behind. But it should be! It’s a comforting thought to behold, that the deceased person is in a better place. And I strongly, firmly believe it is true.
To strengthen that same heartwarming resolve in you – and less fear of your own, inevitable death, please let me share the video below, with you. I highly recommend this very human, undeniably believable testimony everyone on earth owes themselves (and their surroundings) to see:
I’ll append Thomas Fleischmann’s truly wonderful words, with these:
God is Love. Or rather: Empathy. Empathy is a better fitting word than love, which to many has connotations of various possessive arrangements, reciprocal obligations, and emotional attachments.
Empathy. And not in the sense of “sympathy” that some people mistake it for. But in the deep sense of unconditional LOVE.
The foundational vibration of us all, is empathy. Though most people have lost their sense and recollection of it, possibly all the way back in childhood. They “grew up” – and forgot their origin. Got out of touch with their soul. It’s why Christ says something along the lines of “ye shall be like children” somewhere in the Bible.
Empathy. Passion. Passion, for the wellness of not just all other sentient beings – but everything. And beyond.