Arrested Development: Appropriation, Covid-19 and What’s Next

Previously on DIYCD: Apart from accumulating, arranging and producing cultural content, time is inevitably devoted to figuring out how to maneuver in this new predicament, as it modifies institutionalized routines, expectations and possibilities on a day-to-day basis. It demands that we adjust, but for how long? At what point does …

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Kool Mo Dee x Chuck D

S/o to Roine SexFemman Borgstrand for showing me this one! Listening to OGs talk and share their reflections on their experiences of living and working with Hip Hop is invaluable. The particularities of their histories help calibrate our attitude and relationship to many of the caricatures and meta narratives about Hip Hop that distort the trajectory of the culture.

Head over to Bars Finns for a great selection of pedagogical Hip Hop material!

Diplomacy: Mediating Estrangement

Samples have histories. Rappers have histories. Slang, flows, and dance moves and drum patterns all have histories. BARS and neighborhoods also have histories. In Hip Hop, various histories are proudly put on display and celebrated, and sometimes openly contested1. One can apply the same methodology to diplomacy. In this entry …

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Gang Gang – World Wide

Let’s venture off to new areas! Here are 16 music videos from 16 different countries across the world, from various artists rapping in their own language and saying “Gang Gang” in the chorus. Now extrapolate! Related: