I was reading a funny story a few weeks ago about a slum in Rio De Janiero well known as the ‘City of God’. Â It was featured in the movie by the same name. Â Apparently, tourists are able to travel to this region and go on ‘drug tours’ where they enter the slum and, for quite a fee, are able to safely gain access to the most dangerous gang areas, and actually tour a network of operations for smuggling and distributing cocaine. Â I only remembered this because when I went to do this post on Mos Def, I noticed that among his lengthy record of social activism includes a similar type of trip to Brazil!
Mos Def’s music is probably the first really socially conscious hip hop I heard, but this post isn’t really about Mos Def’s political views though. Â I really just appreciate this man’s ability to rap about things that actually matter. Â It saddens me that it is so rare that a rapper tackle interesting and intelligent matters in their art. Â I’m quite sure that many rappers are completely unconcerned with art, poetic value, or substance, and I think they’ve got it twisted.[audio:Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty.mp3,Mos Def – Mathematics.mp3,Mos Def – Quiet Dog.mp3]