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Uganda has been called one of the worst places on earth to be a child. In the South, children face the threat of poverty and disease. In the North, these threats are inflamed by a brutal, mindless war inflicted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (L.R.A.) that has divided families, displaced millions, and led to the abduction and mutilation of tens of thousands of children resulting in the deterioration of identity and culture.
Bouncing Cats is the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance. In 2006, Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan b-boy and A.I.D.S. orphan created Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.). The dream was to establish a free workshop that would empower, rehabilitate and heal the community by teaching youth about b-boy culture. Based in Kampala, Uganda, B.P.U. has recently expanded to include permanent classes in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Abramz teaches classes three times a week to more than 300 kids from all parts of the country. Many of the children are homeless, victims of war and poverty, and few can afford proper schooling yet they walk from miles away to attend the B.P.U. classes. As Abramz says, “This is where many people’s pride is. It’s a skill that no one can take away from us.”
“It’s sad, because hip hop does not have the same impact today that it did when I was coming up,” Common said in an interview. “I think about my daughter and hip-hop has no real impact on her lifestyle. I remember wearing medallions and finding out about Farrakhan and that movement because Chuck D talked about it. Hip-Hop had a big relevance on life. When the corporations took over music, the music lost its soul. [read more here]
Another hip hop is dead comment? Nah man. Common is just expressing how he feels. Shouts to Rameer for the link.
I’m Asian. So I can’t help it when a title such as the one above catches my attention.
Ten years ago, a list of the ten ‘Greatest Asian American MCs of All-Time’ wouldn’t have been possible. Back then, there simply wasn’t enough rappers to fill a list. A lot has changed in ten years. Hip hop as a genre blew up and took center stage in the music industry and the number of Asian American MCs exploded along with it. With the advent of the internet age, rappers were able to effectively self-promote, which was crucial for Asian artists who were generally overlooked by record labels. This had led to the creation of huge online communities dedicated to Asian American hip hop and what could loosely be referred to as the “Asian rap scene”. In this short history of Asian American MCs, a few stand out from the rest, whether it was due to their lyrical ability, persona, deep meaning, impact, commercial success, or combination of traits. I took all those factors into consideration when compiling and ranking this list, trying to be objective as possible in my rankings. But what even constitutes an Asian American MC? My definition is that being Asian had to play a part in their career. In the Asian connection portion I included a short paragraph explaining the ethnicity and some background on how being Asian plays into their identity. [Click here to see the list]
Here’s a funny feature from Complex Mag on the correlation between U.S. Presidents and rappers. They actually bring up pretty good points so make sure you check it out.
The temperature is dropping and that only means one thing. Winter is here and the year is coming to a close. This also means its time for the 2nd annual Hip Hop Bloggary by yours truly. Last year, we had a chance to reminisce through all the good, the bad and the weird events of 2008 and just like every year, 2009 was no different. So sit back, relax and enjoy the memories!
That’s right kids. You read it correctly. I have recently made my decision to pursue a rapping career….again.