African Underground: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during, and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop’s role on the political process.
Call Number: Olin Library Media Center Videodisc 2606
Beat Street delves into the hip-hop culture of New York’s streets to uncover the despairs, dreams, and triumphs of an emerging generation. Before the backdrop of wild rhythms and whirling bodies lies a tableau of young, aspiring young artists, striving to turn their fever into fame.
An exploration of the homophobia expressed by reggae and rap artists againts gays and lesbians. Inludes interviews with rappers Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton, who cite religious reasons for their particular brand of homophobia.
Genge music, Kenya's unique brand of hip-hop, was initially dismissed as a passing fad, but this new musical style, a fusion of traditional African music with American hip-hop, is growing in popularity around the world.
Here are some of the world’s best DJs, those famous for solo scratching, competing in international DJ battles, playing for rap artists, or just rocking parties with the most insane records ever dug up.