WTF?! China Bans HipHop

“WTF?! China Bans Hip Hop Culture and Actors?!”

“specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip-hop culture, subculture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture),” Sina, a Chinese news outlet, reports.

On Jan. 22, 2018 Time.com reports that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has implemented a country-wide ban on “Hip Hop Culture” but wayyyyment excuse the F*@K OUT OF ME!!! I had to clutch my invisible pearls, the article goes on to list the “Do Not Rules” which are:

 

Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble

Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene

Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class

Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity

*scrunches up face* Now, I am a confident, intelligent and secure melanin queen and an avid lover of Hip Hop and the subculture’s that have been birthed from it. Ok now, let me remove Black Hip Hop culture from this debate real quick, because this doesn’t have to be a race debate. Culture, Hip Hop Culture, is universal and has no color. Hip Hop, for one, is a style of music, but deeper than that Hip Hop is storytelling. Hip Hop is a feeling, it’s creativity, a unified particular type of person’s struggle, an art form. I am about to speak logical facts, some might get mad, I don’t care, “mumble rap has its place” but to awaken artists who should be in their rightful place or to shed light to our younger generation, showing us what’s happening with prescription drugs and the being more mindful to our teens and their struggles.

Either way Mumble Rap, as a sub-genre of Hip Hop has its place. In that respect Hip Hop is a global umbrella, what started out on 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the South Bronx, the Official Birthplace of Hip-Hop, for over 30 years has become Global, the ease of access to music and other cultures has finally shined the light on how much we are the same yet different at the same time. On the East Coast alone, Jersey Club, Brooklyn sound, Bronx sound Go – Go, and Drill all have different sounds. Then heading down South with Trap, Crunk and Chopped n Screwed, very different in sound, all of these not even including the West Coast are all under the Hip Hop category.  We can’t act like London’s Grime Music, Ghana’s HipLife, UK’s Trip Hop and even Reggae and Reggaeton don’t fall under Hip Hop.

It has crossed over into so many regions Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South American countries.  Hip Hop in its essence represents a struggle. Not having and wanting to have more, than sharing the struggle and the success of hard work and dedication.  Where the struggle hails from is not by choice but those who represent a culture, represent their culture to the world. China’s ban is silencing those people from their country who hail from those situations who need an outlet to express themselves. How dare they ban a whole culture? Ummm, did we forget about Wu-Tang clan???  

If it wasn’t for big hip hop influencers Hip Hop culture wouldn’t know about certain Chinese culture or at least care for it. Chinese dresses, Chinese food, Ramen noodles, we get our nails done, where at the local nail spot.  YES, these are a part of Hip Hop culture. My argument is by far not a race issue, let’s heal from racism and cut the malarkey, this is a culture issue, and no matter what color you are no one’s culture should be silenced, or judged.

The intent may not have been with malice, it’s possible they are trying to clean up the filth that is depicted on television and on the radio. I get it, at times I feel like we need a cleanup but what are we asking “them” to clean up? Having worked alongside a director, Rahim Brazil, who has full control of his content, these are his stories, his creativity, his realities or the realities of others put in display for entertainment and to spread awareness. We are taught to not be swayed by the opinion of others, or are we? Some of what we watch is meant to inform us, bring awareness, send a message or just entertain us.

It’s educating yourself about situations you may or may not ever be in.  Song’s like “F@(K Up Some Comma’” whether you have some or not it makes you feel like you can. In no way do I think that Future really is telling us to go spend our money. People take things too seriously and I am not sure how this will affect China’s Hip Hop culture, and to say I don’t care would be a lie.  Could you imagine the USA banning Hip Hop culture, yea…yea right, they see the V$ALUE in Hip-Hop, they’ll never ban it.

Sources: www.time.com & Dr. Boyce Watkins

Photos: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/02/asia/88-rising-asian-rap/index.html, http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2012/04/in3-beijings-hip-hop-pioneers/

 

Signing off @dope_chocol8

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