As the Hiphop community has increased its engagement with politics, it is only natural that we should extend this relationship to the arena of comedy. These are not the ha-ha laughs and giggles.
Is the Hiphop nation ambivalent about voting? To be more specific - Why are so many young men reluctant to take a position on this matter? Why is the refusal to participate in political activities THE way to address unfulfilled promises, false hope, etc? A long list of artists began as anti-voting MCs, and many eventually decided to participate.
We are taking a stand. For the little girls sneaking listens to their big brothers’ Nas albums when their parents aren’t home. For the video performers who come under fire for their pride in their bodies. For the double-dutch rhymers and backstreet freestylers...
WE NEED TO VOTE IN LARGE NUMBERS
MC Lyte is one of early Hiphop’s most successful recording artists and remains an important figure in its history. She continues to record, perform, and dj and serves as a model and reminder that a woman emcee doesn’t always have to show her body in order to tell her story.
The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute will be hosting the Boston advance screening of feature film KICKS at AMC Boston Common 19 on Thursday, September 15.