Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hip-Hop: A Universal Language of Expression.

A few weeks ago I came across this video on a Hip-Hop artist from Belgium with roots in the Congo. (for the history buffs out there, Belgium controlled Congo from 1885-1960; hence the connection.) The artist, Baloji has created a new sub-genre of hip-hop, dubbing it "Afropean". With influences of his African ancestry and his life in Belgium, it is clearly reflected in the music. He raps in French, while the beats are reminiscent of some African music my dad used to play. 

I will admit, this is not for everyone. But if you appreciate and love music, then this is a treat for your ears. Music like this revitalizes the hip-hop landscape. Also reassures the true fans that innovation still exists. Unfortunately not everyone gets a chance to hear this music. However, it is there for those who are willing to give it a chance. 

Hip-Hop is a universal language. Every culture has a different interpretation on the art of Hip-Hop. For some people, it's all about where you come from than what you have to say. It should be more about people uniting to share stories of their experiences, life, philosophies, etc. That is the world I want to live in. 

If this intrigues you then you should definitely explore the vast world that hip hop has to offer. Even though there is a language barrier doesn't mean you can't vibe with it! 


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