ATTN HATER PART II: LEGACY OF LINES
Posted on July 2, 2012 by LiteMoteef
Some Elefant Traks gigs are crashed by kids with southern cross tats. This confuses me.
See, the politics of said label aren’t unknown – e.g. ‘77%’ – and it’s far from being a whites only club, just follow some of their people on Twitter. Further still, don’t these guys know where Hip Hop came from? It certainly wasn’t born in the land down under. The March release of the Herd’s EP ‘Better Alive’ could be read as the group’s own take on such fans a.k.a. gatecrashers.
It’s in the 4th track, ‘Same Song’, that the Herd attacks Aussie Hip Hop fans who don’t like U.S. rap. The song infers racism is at the root of certain peeps’ hate for U.S. Hip Hop. As you already know, the genre was born in black and Latino communities, and one could argue it was this history of oppression that delivered the beat. The Herd suggest we must ‘understand the cause to enjoy the effect’, and it’s thanks to U.S. Hip Hop that Ozi Batla and Urthboy rhyme. In short, if you don’t respect the fathers, don’t go buying records that try to emulate them (/any Hip Hop at all).
TANGENT: those haters slinking up to the bar at many an Elefant Trak gig kinda remind me of the Tumblr ‘Hunger Games Tweets’. Forever ago, an unfortunately large number of fans who’d read the books prior the release of the movie, managed to skip over a fairly obvious line re. the character Rue: “she has dark brown skin and eyes”. So when Amandia Stenberg was cast in the role of Rue – a black actress – racist fans tweeted like apeshit, revealing their true colours: “kk call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad #ihatemyself…” Didn’t they pick up on any of the books’ themes?
RELEVANCE OF ABOVE TANGENT: How the hell do people miss it, even when its been spelt out, literally? Makes me worry that even if we slapped massive stickers on every album reading: MADE POSSIBLE BY KOOL HERC, it still wouldn’t get through to racist Aussie Hip Hop fans. Its no wonder then that Urthboy slams “rather that you pirate me, than make me tolerate the irony”. Seriously, is there a way to ban the ignoramuses from gigs?
Anyway, below is a clip of the dude we often call Father, talking about the first time he played two breakbeats together.