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by Erika Haslup, student writer


Hip hop is woven deeply into the fabric of American culture, and that movement is spreading and beginning to influence the world. The documentary, I love Hip Hop in Morocco, takes viewers on a journey of the development of hip hop in Moroccan culture.

The film is based on the American film maker Joshua Asen, who worked with Moroccan hip hop groups to produce concerts in three major Moroccan cities.

Each group featured in the film uses the mic to express their feelings on subjects of oppression, terrorism, human rights, and more. The female rapper of duo Mot de Passe causes a problems for the group with Islamic audiences and fuels many lyrics. When they came onto the stage during the first concert, the crowd erupted in outrage about a female being on the mic. The chaos lasted for a few minutes, but by the end of the performance the crowd was deafening in its cheers for Fati’s incredible skill.

I Love Hip Hop in Morocco takes an intriguing look into the world of hip hop and how a non-American culture feels about it. Moroccan hip hop does not use curse words, a staple in modern American hip hop. Another intercultural aspect of the film is the language differences. Rapper Brownfingaz said that “hip hop was born in English,” but the film shows how French and Arabic is also used in Morocco for rhymes.

The director said that in the beginning, American hip hop was about problems that the black community faced, but now it has turned into rhymes about girls and money. They said that if they had money they would be talking about girls and money on their tracks too, but one of Morocco’s biggest problems is their poverty.

The music featured in I Love Hip Hop in Morocco has an old school vibe, combining traditional American hip hop with Moroccan melodies. The film is a refreshing look at the music of hip hop, taking the viewer to the root of it all, the never-ending struggles of impoverished peoples.



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