THE BUZZ

November 30th, 2009

Our World Called Hip Hop

hiphop

Many moons ago I came up with the idea of traveling to Zimbabwe to create a documentary of the effects of Hip Hop within our world.I’ve seen that  Hip Hop has become a media by which it’s artists battle each other on stages, as soldiers do on a battle ground. I believe that by introducing the intense perspective of how Hip Hop influences its followers in Zimbabwe and other countries around the world, people can learn that Hip Hop does not have to be a catalyst to oppression, but a remedy against it by uplifting the minds of those who have a natural love for it.

Youth culture all over the world has become consumed and utterly blinded by the mass media and consumerism that plagues every industry, every television screen and radio station. One of the things that has become dispersed is the Hip Hop culture.

hiphopIn Zimbabwe, Africa and across the world, young teenagers and adults are glossed up by the glamorization of the thug life, the abundance of money, cash, attractive women and men. As expressed by Wallace Chuma of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Hip Hop along with these images conveys a message of rebellion against the norm, apathy toward the troubles and hardships of a government whose politics they conlusively have no control over, and who in return, has no concern for them. It might have started in the great urban cities of New York and Chicago, especially amongst the Black and Hispanic minorities who through the medium of the music initiated their own sort of protective community against the hypocrisy and violence of the dominant white anglo-saxon. Strangely enough however, Hip Hop has created within itself its own violence and its own hypocrisy. Young people follow these artists like sheep in a herd, however, where are they all headed towards? Although many astounding and enlightening artists have emerged, blood had been shed and young lives have been lost for the cause of an image of pride.

I don’t think that the issue here is “do young people in these 3rd world countries know what Hip Hop is?” Obviously these young people have a preconceived notion of what our lives are like here, because, like the rest of the world , they look to the US as the house on the top of the hill. However, do the youth in America recognize the influence that the Hip Hop image and culture has on the rest of the world? Youth in the United States are constantly rebelling against what is established, but instead of trying to change it, they reflect apathy onto what enrages them.

Do you get my drift? Worth a documentary?

(photo by Lisa Liang)


About the Author

Chanel Auguste
Chanel Auguste attended the “FAME” school Laguardia High School of Performing Arts and went on to receive a degree in PR at Clark Atlanta University.Chanel is currently the Executive Assistant to the President of Thrifts for Housing Works.




 
 

 
KeithRobinson2011

On the Rise: Keith Robinson

Actor Keith Robinson – who you probably remember from Golden Globe winning movie Dream Girls – has a passion for music and is trying his chops at a professional music career. The actor who was actually signed to Mot...
by Genel Ambrose
88

 
 
TI&Tiny

“TI & Tiny: Family Hustle” NYC Screening

Last night VH1 and Akoo Clothing hosted the premiere of TI’s new reality series – TI & Tiny: Family Hustle. Press, bloggers and celebrities, including Swizz Beats, were on hand at Yotel in NYC for the event. TI ...
by Genel Ambrose
165

 
 
Future_RAPPER-520x346

Making Magic: Future the Rapper

From T.I. to Gucci Mane Atlanta is known to crank out new rap talent. Newest to the scene is Future. Most are familiar with his 2011 homage to Al Pacchino’s Scarface’s character, “Tony Montana” and his vocals on...
by Lynn McFail
54

 

 
In-Living-Color

‘In Living Color’ Returning to Fox

The groundbreaking 90′s comedy sketch “In Living Color” will be returning to Fox TV, the network announced recently. The show will be “a modern-day take on the hit sketch comedy show that will feature a ...
by Genel Ambrose
69

 
 
bk

New Artists Shine at SOB’s Showcase

As CMJ Music week wraps this weekend, we’ve got highlights for you from SOB’s neo-soul/R&B singer-songwriter showcase . The CMJ festival, which promotes new and undiscovered artists, featured performances and film scree...
by Genel Ambrose
256

 



One Comment


  1. wow…excellent article!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Twitter Users
Enter your personal information in the form or sign in with your Twitter account by clicking the button below.


thru 9/26 - Fall Sale. 30% Off select styles. Disc