How our Indigenous youth are creating and embracing their own brand of hip hop to empower their search for social justice
In recent years, Australian hip-hop acts such as the Hilltop Hoods have achieved significant mainstream success. But it’s in the Indigenous community where the US-originated genre appears to be having its greatest local impact.
Indigenous youth have embraced the framework of a hip-hop sub-culture and re-created a culturally appropriate artform that speaks directly to their own issues of social justice.
Its value as a vehicle of expression about the challenges of Indigenous life in contemporary Australia is inestimable, even prompting one young rapper to declare recently, “Hip-hop saved my life”.
Drawing on extensive anthropological research and the work of five prominent Indigenous hip-hop artists, this NAIDOC Week presentation will explore how and why this is so.
Dr Suzi Hutchings is a sought after research anthropologist, widely published in the areas of Aboriginal heritage, culture and justice. She was instrumental in the conception of the University of Adelaide’s Indigenous Knowledges and Society Major, and coordinates its University Preparatory Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.