Street Culture as a Global Phenomenon
Just as our forefathers created seemingly harmonious structures that would benefit their lineage, another part of society had to unwillingly deal with the consequences of inequity these structures had failed to oversee; and which we have constantly failed to deconstruct. I’m not about to get political so keep scrolling.
From our history right up to our pop culture today can attest when we say, reality ain’t no John Trumbull.
Just as we recognize the ever-presence of oppression in our social structures we also but keep living it anyway. Well, we have to. But do we keep living and suppressing? Not today, we don’t. The world needs to see the rawness and grit of the reality that encompasses not only culture but what has possibly become a school of thought. And so, the world took us to the streets.
As street culture emerged as a form of survival from the ghettos, some folks took their lifestyle and expressed their way to expose violence, crime, and poverty. That, as we all know, gave us hip hop and changed the game of pop culture wildly. Street has seems to become the anti-thesis to anything that is prim-and-proper, organized, and structured. Street has become an attitude.
That’s right! Being street is not only about rapping rhymes nor about bling-blings. It’s about being gangster; and, uhm, I don’t mean the criminal kind.
What we mean by gangster
Street culture with its revolutionary aesthetics comes with a certain style and attitude that delivers boldness and innovation. In art for instance, whoever said paintings should only use a paintbrush and canvass is totally missing out on art outlets such as Graffiti Art. The same way, rhymes are not only for spoken word poetry but it also pave way for emceeing. Use made up words, too, we don’t mind. Ya dig?
Street has always, and will always continue to grow as long as artists continue to challenge current institutions for a purpose.
Take Chance the Rapper for instance. This independent artist gives out his music for free, has no label, and has made history in the 2017 Grammy’s. Despite being independent, Chance has been working with music’s finest such as Beyoncé and Kanye West among others. He is also the first ever artist to receive multiple Grammy nominations over his “streaming-only” album – Coloring Book. In spite such recognition, Chance has actually said that he needs no awards because he is in it for the music and that’s gangster.
You get it now? Great.
Now let me introduce you to the streets of my beloved Metro Manila where the street culture is very much prevailing; much evident now in our inclination to kicks and sportswear as an everyday attire. Moreover as music festivals, street parties, and concerts recently become a regular thing in the metro, different local artists have emerged– from DJs, MCs, bands, and all types of artists have been given a chance to take on the lime light. Similarly, smaller gig venues and clubs are continuously becoming numerous giving these artists even more exposure for their craft which are often snubbed by the mainstream media. Alas, the feast that is the local indie scene.
U DO U will take you to the streets and show you the whole shebang in what we’ve got in the urban culture of the Philippines – gigs, music festivals, artists, fashion trends, and everything you need to be proud of. From mapping out street culture origins, to featuring legends and up and coming local artists, to eventually create a global audience for our local music and arts scene. Strap on your nikes, homie, ‘cause we are going on a ride.