YouTube enables new forms of expression, and the Rap News is a cogent example. I’ve watched a few episodes in the past and you don’t have to like the genre of music to appreciate the talent, and indeed, acute political awareness that informs these productions. This recent one on Wikileaks is a case in point – it’s brilliant.
If you have a hard time following the lyrics (they are hard-hitting and intelligent) click on the CC icon at the bottom of the video window for Closed Captions / subtitles.
Young Asia Television, a few years ago, tried a similar experiment with an anti-war rap video called ‘Lions and Tigers’ which got a very positive reception amongst the youth at the time.
The Rap News, however, is in a class of its own.