Hip Hop: Poetry of the Suppressed


Hip Hop at its pure form is poetry and spoken word that allows an individual to express his or her thoughts through a story. Story telling has been part of human culture from the dawn of man kind. Stories such as Greek mythology hold within it the history of a culture. Similarly hip hop is a new form of telling stories. In the video above, the boys from Juarez is using hip-hop to tell anyone listening about their daily lives and their environment. The violence they witness. The injustices they deal with. The education they are deprived off. Same thing is happening across the world.

The group from Juarez is developing a social conscious by rapping verses for their audiences. Similarly, Palestinian youth have also tapped into hip hop to channel their energy. Check out Slingshot Hip Hop, a documentary on some of the rap groups in Palestine and Israel. The support these male and female artists are receiving from their community is remarkable.

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About John Costa

I am a farmer in training with a background in finance, organizational sustainability, and project management. My expertise is making the business case for local food enterprises.
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One Response to Hip Hop: Poetry of the Suppressed

  1. Burnice Cain says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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