THEY lAUGH IN THE FACE OF DEATH

Rappers making songs admitting to crimes they’ve committed, even murder is nothing new. Social media however, has taken these darker elements of the hip hop industry and amplified them. With the recent murder of King Von, adding to the growing list of rappers killed and shot in 2020, I can see a pattern of horrific behaviour within the industry which is largely ignored by the media. That’s the ridiculing of the murder victims. It’s one thing to tell a story about death and violence but the mockery is an added vicious element to the heinous crimes being committed. When violence happens and people die, it’s a sad thing, but the cyclical nature of the violence is what makes it even worse. The world is filled with underprivileged kids, lacking confidence, growing up in poor environments where crime is rife. The ‘hood’ gives an artistic way out to these kids through rap, which captures the depraved lifestyle many were growing up in.

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Riding waves

(Movie 2019)

This movie has been described as having an anti-narrative perspective which s a new concept I’ve recently learned about. Waves deliberately avoids the typical conventions, a movie centred around the dynamic of a black family, with a crime centred core which avoids the generic black prison crime movie experience. The family are well off, the Dad has a good job, the son, Tyler, isĀ  in a living relationship and is a wrestler. A wrestler. A sport which is renowned for being high pressured and intense. In a parallel universe Tyler is Rasheed and plays basketball at high school, which is what we come to usually expect. This movie is a rare breed. I myself, feel like I’m not a stereotypical black person, and this is a luxury I’ve enjoyed since I was young. Art, film, writing, meditation & history are all things I love, but aren’t things which people typically associate with the generic black experience. Element’s of Tyler’s experience can be related to by almost anyone, outside of race, religion or any other distinguishing human feature. We see from Hollywood time and time again, the attempt to bridge the gap of inequality by holding up a mirror to societal pasts but, this, this is what really makes a difference in our overall understanding of the black experience. Other shows I think do this are. Fence, Sorry to bother you & Atlanta.

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