Earlier this week an article was posted on Pitchfork, arguably one of the most highly regarded music websites, about the African residents living in Ireland making hip hop music. While I was initially annoyed at the headline that read “From The Outside In: A Look At The Irish Immigrants Legitimising Ireland’s Hip Hop Scene”. A read through the article quickly dismayed that idea of “legitimising” the scene as the headline suggested. A full link to that article can be found below to form you’re own opinion on that.
However, a response article posted by Broadsheet.ie (link below) took Pitchfork’s headline and ran with it, only showing their wild ignorance when it comes to hip hop in the process. After explaining his feelings on the headline, which I have now found out was editor’s choice to make and not the writer’s, Broadsheet’s writer then went on to give us his definitions of hip hop and “being street” and the alignment between the two. Not realising in the slightest that we live in an age where ‘being street’ is not a necessity to sell rap records.
He also dropped the bomb of how “cops don’t shoot black people in Ireland”. So therefore racial issues aren’t a problem? Also if that’s you’re way of thinking, how you got a job anywhere, never mind writing, is mind boggling.
Look, I’ll let the man himself close out this article. A white man telling us about the levels of racism experienced in Ireland and how “immigrants” wouldn’t come to a country that wouldn’t treat them right. The key word there is immigrant:
“As a white man I’m not going to say black people in Ireland don’t experience racism from time to time, but don’t insult my intelligence and the reputation of the Irish people by suggesting that Africans are immigrating to a country that treats them like garbage. That’s not how humans operate.”
Great stuff, Broadsheet. Great stuff. Keep up the ignorant bullshit work.
Pitchfork article: http://pitchfork.com/features/article/9853-from-the-outside-in-meet-the-african-immigrants-who-are-legitimizing-irelands-hip-hop-scene/
Broadsheet article: http://www.broadsheet.ie/2016/03/29/to-the-pitchfork/