Here is my plaque that accompanies my work to help explain it.
"They all got a sales pitch I ain’t buyin’
They tryin’ to convince me that I ain’t tryin’.
We uninspired .
(How I Got Over- The Roots)
My work is inspired by Hip Hop culture and my body of work attempts to subtly exploit the constraints that the culture has been put under in the last ten years mostly due to commercialism, consumerism and lack of creative control. When the audience engages with my work, I want them to become connected to Hip Hop and piece together its origins and also to raise questions about how the music industry operates. Are the negative attachments Hip Hop has; a product of the performing artists or is it a product of record labels’ attempting to create the illusion of exoticism to generate more money?
There’s more to hip hop culture then the façade of violence, misogyny, crime and bling. Its rich, diverse and when you look deep enough, an unparalleled outlet of creativity."
If you wanna find out more about Hip Hop and the music industry read Where Your At: Notes from a Hip Hop Planet By Patrick Neate and also watch Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes (2006) Byron Hurt.