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
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
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.