Bi-Coastal Unity HipHop Concert for Relief in Central America
Hip-hop grew as a form of street journalism for those who had no voice.
Almost two decades later, a polarization has taken place between pop rap
that's selling in the millions and underground hip-hop with its roots in
hunger, struggle and social change. Amidst this backdrop, local hip-hop
artists gathered to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central
Medusa, the impassioned queen of underground hip-hop, along with Aztlan
Underground, Dilated Peoples, New York's Filthee Immigrants, Area 51 and
various others gathered at Hollywood's Key Club for a historic event. On the
23rd of December nearing the new year, these underground giants united to
awaken minds about the mass destruction that has hit Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and El Salvador.
In Central America, the hurricane has killed over 22,000 people and
left thousands of children homeless. The hip-hop fund-raiser was organized by a
local support group SOL Productions to help in the international relief
effort. Local radio station 92.3 The Beat co-hosted the event, and the crowd
also heard from a diverse group of speakers that included Compton's city
Often times when we are 'out-of-sight-and-out-of-mind,' tragedies like
this one seem both distant and less important that the daily toil of our lives.
However, the consciousness dropped by rappers Medusa and Aztlan Underground
helped both connect the people and inspire them to give not only from their
pockets but from their hearts as well. If music is supposed to inspire, hip
hop was elevated to a higher level as we witnessed Angelenos uniting in time
of social need. And this revolution was not televised.
Written by: Cesar A. Cruz