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How does hip-hop affect your city?

Submitted by on December 19, 2007 – 9:37 am7 Comments


Three members of Marseilles rap group PSY4 de la Rime: from left, Segnor Alonzo, DJ Sya Styles and Don Vincenzo.

There’s a very interesting article in today’s New York Times newspaper about how hip-hop has transformed the young people of Marseilles, France.

Comparing the sound of Marseilles hip-hop to that of Paris hip-hop, the article reads, “The sound of Paris hip-hop, slicker and more aggressive, adopts much from American gangsta rap. Marseille hip-hop does too, but Marseille boasts a groovier style. It mixes in blues, flamenco, Jamaican ragga.”

The piece describes how hip-hop still gives hope to the melting pot city (it’s a city with a large number of immigrants).

Does hip-hop have the same powerful effect on young people it once had in your neighborhood?

Image: Helen Margaret Giovanello for The New York Times

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