So I've been thinking a lot about class last night. I left with a weird feeling in my tummy and tons of questions. I think a good theme for this blog would be censorship and the impact it has on one's perspectives. I can say that my eyes were opened to a completely different perspective after watching the DAM video for "Meen Erhabi." One of the most striking parts of that video for me was at the end with the man talking about how his olive trees, that had been there for hundreds of years, had been plowed down. It is almost like those trees could represent the Pakistani culture and the injustice that they have dealt with.
I know the question arose whether or not Pakistani rap would be considered hip-hop and I think it does. I youtubed DAM and another song that I liked was "Born Here." Among the many powerful lyrics was a line alluding to the fact that nothing in this song is censored. I've often thought that hip-hop songs that you hear on the radio and TV weren't 100% hip-hop since they are censored and listeners aren't hearing the full message of the artist. But now after listening to DAM, I think a lot of America's mainstream hip-hop is just a fucking joke. These guys don't have millions to spend on clothes, dancers, and sets for their music videos. They are wearing street clothes and shooting in their own neighborhood, and I feel that the message is much more powerful because of that. I feel that the "spirit" of hip-hop is about struggle and so much of the mainstream music has forgotten about that. It's really quite sad that groups like DAM aren't being played on MTV (unless MTV is doing a True Life on Pakistani rappers: I checked and they aren't.) I feel groups like DAM can really open the eyes of people and change perspectives that have been brought on by censorship.
p.s. here is the video for DAM's "Born Here.