Hip Hop Activism

Posted on June 3, 2009 by

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Hip hop has always been a movement of activism in some way or another. Of it’s many forms, graffiti is one of the media which lends itself to this. Today, graffiti–like all forms of hip hop–doesn’t exist just in the inner-cities of the U.S. This new video from Time Magazine shows how graffiti artists in Ramallah are using the Palestine-Israeli separation barrier almost as a meta-commentary on the walls presence. A group of artists at www.sendamessage.nl are posting any message for a price of $40 that doesn’t promote hate or racism. They’ve also started a project using 400 cans of spray paint to tag an essay by a South African antiapartheid activist. The video is a little dry coming from Time, but it’s still pretty interesting and you can see some of the works they’ve done on the wall. Check it out here.

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