Friday, August 7, 2009

K'onscious Hip Hop

Yeah, the term is kind of played out. Or is it?

Somali-Canadian Rapper K'naan appeared yesterday on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and reminded me how powerful rap music can be. Kid is sharp, if not slightly in danger of falling into the dreaded, "Dude comes off kinda like Wyclef" category.

"Hip hop, at its strongest has always been when it was the journalism of a community that otherwise lacks the access to major media and mass culture (to tell their stories)." Can I get a hell yeah?

The interview is insightful and particularly relevant to Mainers given the increasing numbers of Somali immigrants and refugees. Watch that shit here!


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