Written by ForeignExchange Translations on Friday, August 09, 2013
Recently Pigeons & Planes took a look at rapping in foreign languages, and we thought we'd share it with you. Enjoy!
Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in New York's South Bronx. What started out as a local movement has spread around the world to different countries, cultures, and languages, mutating in fresh and unexpected ways. Whether they hail from France, Japan, or Palestine, artists have taken familiar elements of American hip-hop culture and combined them with local traditions and aesthetics to make something entirely new.So head on over to Pigeons & Planes to enjoy rappers from Japan, Germany, Palestine, Russia, Mexico, and lots of other places.
In some places, hip-hop has maintained the kind of political bent that has become unfashionable stateside; in others it's swapped out languages while maintaining a common aesthetic; in many it's simply tried to mimic American hip-hop as closely as possible while nonetheless revealing unique local attributes. Regardless of how rappers from other countries have adapted hip-hop to their tastes, it's fascinating to see an art form so reliant on language travel across borders.
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