Why Are Common and Fat Joe Filming Videos In Haiti?
What’s up with this?
On the one hand, it’s major that rappers are keeping the name of the island nation alive. Most of the news cameras are long gone while most Americans still couldn’t locate it on a map. More than two years after the horrific earthquake silenced over 300,000 lives, the devastation still speaks volumes. Do these artists donate their time and resources to help the millions in need? They actually do. I’d like to meet the human who could walk the terrain in Port-Au-Prince and not feel genuine empathy.
On the other hand, the lives of the Haitians in poverty and the topics the artists are rapping about in the video don’t match. It just seems weird. Why not write a song about the subjects in the visual? Common’s “Sweet” video served as the perfect platform to jump start his album and differences with artists like Drake. What was the purpose of filming this in the slums of Cité Soleil? Sure, it’s one of the grimiest hoods on the face of the earth and it provides an awesome hardcore backdrop but for what purpose? Get at us with your thoughts?
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