08 September 2006
Many people still consider hip-hop to be just an urban thing. This half-hour of the Listening Lounge is designed to dispell that myth. We begin with a piece called Story of a Yup'ik Eskimo Rapper, produced by Ashley Gross of Alaska Public Radio. Gross describes the piece this way: "This story takes us into the life of Jaye Ulak, a 20-year-old Yup'ik Eskimo man from the Bering Sea village of Scammon Bay. Like many other young Alaska Natives, Ulak has tried to kill himself. But he found a way out - through music. And then his life takes another surprising turn." And then we're off to Duluth, Minnesota to meet singers who rap about camp fires and chilli in Hip-Hop in Hunting Boots. We round out the show with Hop Fu and the Asia-Hip Hop Connection, produced by Michael Jones. This piece examines how Asian hip-hop has been influenced by 1970s Kung Fu movies. Wow! I can't wait for this show.