I worked a hip-hop gig Sunday night at the Hordern Pavilion. Featured were two artists called DJ Shadow/Mos Def,
Two veritable hip-hop superstars from opposite sides of the US. Brooklyn's Mos Def is an eloquent MC. Californian DJ Shadow remains about the most musically eloquent DJ out there.
Judging from the full house there’s a healthy following for hip hop. The crowd was pretty cool with a large cross-section of punters from across Sydney. Other drivers told of fares from all over including the south-west and north shore.
I enjoy the hip hop shown Friday evenings on ABC TV's Rage. Hip hop is a social protest and commentary genre which in my book gives it legitimacy. Unlike vicious gansta rap and storm-trooper metal. With that it's 'noise-off', morons !
In the past Rage used to air this crap well after 3 am but increasingly it's appearing much earlier in the program. Why ? What cultural relevance has gansta rap and death metal with Australian audiences ? Zilch.
In giving prominence to issues like sexism, racism, homophobia, violence, crass materialism etc, I wonder what statement the ABC Yoooth Network is making ? Surely it's not a statement of simple rebellion. Or am I’m missing something deep and significant with Rage's programming of gangsta/nazi noise ?