Monday, 9 January 2012

I like my hiphop like my men, opinionated and with a strong rhythm...

My love of hiphop stems from the theory of (to poach the words of Rage Against The Machine) giving a voice to the voiceless. Hiphop is an avenue for particular individuals and communities to be heard and, on some level, interject the brains of consumers with the "truth" behind our current political state within the US. Lyrics of artists who are not edited by the Murdoch's and the Fox's of the world... But on some level are by the Interscopes, BMIs and other record labels (but that is a whole different arguement).

The whole purpose of hiphop is synthesis, to synthesise material that, in its current form, is not consumable to the average ear. And yet, as previously highlighted by Dave Chappelle, it is surprising what you can "say" when you rhyme, add a beat, and make people move their body in tune. Such artists as Dead Prez, Talib Kwali, Pharaohe Monch and Lupe (before Lasers) are amongst my favourites. These artists spread the word as to the hypocrisy of race relations within the US, the current disparity between conditions administered to the black versus white, low and high socio economic groups, and how this translates to your average hip hop consumer.

If we analysed the lyrics stated by such artists, what would become of these individuals should they decide to remove the beat, the rhyme and simply lead with the text and subtext? When ignoring the colour of the skin of these artists, would these individuals be considered terrorists of capitalism and white society within the US? Or would they be considered freedom fighters? Advocates?

Such artists spark questioning as to the disparity between black and white communtiies. With the abolition of slavery so came new laws and legislation to further penalise and enslave vis-a-vis incarceration. Why is this so, I ask myself so frequently. And it seems as simple as the fact that those who have power refuse to relinquish it, gripping so tightly by all means necessary, disabling those without power to ever attain, as a block, such freedoms. This is highly evident currently within the US demise of their fiscal system. The 1% are in control and creating legislation to continue and uphold their power. And yet, so here has the implosion began..

The main attitude here is such that (as stated by a friend of mine), upon mentioning my distaste for Sydney, as there is too obviously a disparity between the rich and the poor, my lovely friend replied, 'But Im in the rich, so, who cares'. And isn't this how we got into this mess? When you are born into less opportunity, this perpetuates less opportunity, and if you are born into opportunity, it is certainly much easier to stay afloat or succeed further than it is to fall from grace.

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