It's a Hip Hop world

It’s a Hip Hop world

Uganda, 2010 - ongoing

“Hip hop is neither a panacea nor a cure all. It is not perfect, but its promise is undeniable. It is a culture with complicated social and historical roots. And it should not be appropriated without acknowledging, respecting and addressing these, because it is precisely these origins that make is so important. Its complicated history enables us to critically reflect on our society, and forces us to face issues of race, privilege, class, and cultural appropriation.” (Alexander Crooke/Raphael Travis Jr.)

Hip hop emerged as a reaction to daily experiences of poverty, racism, exclusion, crime and violence. Born in New York City, hip hop culture has evolved into a worldwide movement. There is hardly any country in the world that doesn't have some kind of hip hop scene, as hip hop remains accessible and grassroots.
MCing, Djng, Breaking and Graffiti are the four pillars of hip hop. Breaking is both a personal and regional thing. Like Djng and Mcing, it's a form of art hat allow you to show your love for music and set loose your emotion in a beautiful way. Rap or Mcing is the music, the beats and the rhyme of the hip hop culture. It provides opportunities for expression, hope and empowerment. Today, the message of hip-hop is even transcending borders. Hip hop is a lingua franca that binds young people all around the world, all while giving them the chance to alter it with their own national
flavor.

“It's a hip hop world” describes the spirit, energy and drive for self-awareness and social-consciousness of B-Girls and B-Boys in Uganda.

ReportageAstrid Dill