Talents Still Exist

Posted on November 24, 2012

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It was 2006 when Nas sang Hip hop is dead.
Few years after this statement cannot be more true.

As many of us find a strong relation between feelings and music, all my emotions were enhanced by rap during my adolescence. 
It was more or less ten years ago when this type of music reached Italy, a country where the underground scene had been already swarming with talented youths which, however, struggled to receive acknowledgement. It was the era of Eminem who brought back up topics as racism and poverty in USA – a country whose malfunctions, injustices and plagues we too often tend to forget- and the use of music as a way to escape from tremendous realities.
Not only in societies where violence and death are the daily rules, but also worldwide, rap acquired the status of a music which reflects the daily struggles of those who know nothing else but poverty, ignorance, injustices and wars on the street. 
Rap quickly became the music of truth, rage and self-redemption, a music which gained all my respect.
It did not last long.
Soon, as it is always too difficult to maintain one’s integrity and morality, all these respected singers- who for years had been singing about social issues, shedding the light on forgotten realities- have suddenly started ‘elaborating’ senseless lyrics about sex, money and the coolness of a gangster life. 
Poor them.
Poor rap.
Poor us.
It took me few months to abandon, disgusted and disappointed, this music whose collapse left an empty space in my life. 
Nowadays I do not rely on music anymore, maybe because I am growing up  or maybe because I cannot find anything stimulating enough that pushes me to support (and believe in) a certain style.
Akala proved me wrong.
Few days ago I happened to find a video of this young Londoner artist who, distancing himself from the terrible onomatopoeic rap barked at every corner (thank you Akala), creates beautiful lyrics which contain messages of respect and solidarity and his songs are an open window on important issues of nowadays society.
Constructive and respectable art still exists, then.
Akala is a great example of how talent can be used to entertain and, at the same time, to inform and sensitize.
Find No Enemy is (so far) my favourite song; moving and brilliant, this lyrics has the power to arouse strong emotions and after you listen to it, you will hardly forget the message.
In an era where music is stuffed with senseless songs sung by senseless, unskilled people, Akala is an exception, a consolation, a reason why we should not consider good music dead.
Yet.
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