Is hip hop a culture? – Ghawazee

In the early days of hip hop, most people who were in it were of British origin, and so most of the people that we loved listening to were born in the UK and from that point on, hip hop culture went hand in hand with Britishness and British culture. A lot of people still associate hip hop with British kids, but the whole American culture has started to change and so it does in England as well – this is what I was trying to say at the end of the podcast. [We were] trying to describe what hip hop has been all about for the past 30 years or so, and the reason why I believe I know that is because hip hop’s identity is in some ways similar to the British identity that hip hop has developed.

That sounds a bit like the British Identity thing to me.

It is, because I came from British society, so I know what it’s like to be British in America. I had a lot to do with the British identity that came alongside hip hop. Because it’s British, in the same way that hip hop has become the face of British culture, they [hip hop producers and artists] are the face of British culture. I can see that in the lyrics and I can make that connection in my head with each one of those people.

The way I see it is that hip hop has grown up and in America it really has matured, because the culture of that genre took off. It really did, and then hip hop made a real move into America at the same time. But hip hop in hip hop now feels a little bit old fashioned, a little bit nostalgic, and that’s fine, that’s why it’s so great.

Have you met many hip hop fans from all sorts of different backgrounds?

They’re all very nice. But one thing that I really enjoy about hip hop is that it’s so multi-cultural, a lot of the people involved with that culture come from all over the world. There are a lot of people that don’t like it because hip hop hasn’t moved as far as maybe other genres at times, and that’s fine, it will never really reach an international audience or reach an international fan base. But if you look at other music, there are a lot of countries out there that have a different view of hip hop – I think there’s two of them that really annoy me because they think hip hop is only about race – and that I’m the new black voice that is going to

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