When China has banned the Hip Hop culture and tattoos out of their screens judging it tasteless, vulgar and obscene ;
The country’s media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) now specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture), the rest of the world embrace Hip Hop culture.
From Netflix The Get Down to Hollywood’s “Straight Outta Compton” to television’s “Empire” hip-hop and RnB influence on pop culture can be consider as a takeover. Today, rappers are not only backing films about the hood experience, but also are creating, producing and starring in top-rated series and breaking out of the music categories they originally belong to.
The Get Down a serie co produced by Nas is centered on South Bronx teenagers who gave birth to hip-hop as New York City was on the brink of bankruptcy. Hip hop founding father Grandmaster Flash was an advisor and a character in the serie.
Nas also narrates the show as the adult rap voice of protagonist Ezekiel “Zeke” Figuero.
Empire is Dynasty in Hip Hop land. It's a greak tragedy but a bling luxurious sexy one. With all the ingrédients of the soap coupled with the savoir faire of Timbaland .
Empire follows hip hop mogul and record label boss Lucius Lyon [Terrence Howard], and his sons who all dream of taking over the million dollar business. From Alicia Keys to Naomi Campbell, to Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey to only name few the cameos include a high number of talented artists and actors.
The shows are important as a representative of urban culture in mainstream media, as well as a way for minorities to see themselves on television. There aren’t many shows that can claim they’ve been inspired by an entire genre of music, which is why I believe that those shows will continue to be an important staple of urban entertainment as well as an influence for artists. Thank you for creating one of the coolest and most significant shows for our community.