Watching Ghosts of Cite Soleil…
And I see how gangsta rap, the thug life, is such an important facet of these young Haitian men’s lives…
And I’m asking myself, why? What is it about this genre of music that resonates with these boys? They so proudly wield their guns, and drop the most socially conscious lyrics, and use ‘nigga’ as though it’s a word in Kreyol.
And then it hit me:
Rap is the means through which they can assert their masculinity.
Sometimes it seemed their entire world was exploding in a barrage of bullets and foreign intervention, a dope beat and freestyle were the ways they could show the world that they were men.
If nothing else, they had rap.
“Following God isn’t glamorous, but it is so beautiful. Your hands will get dirty and your heart will get wrecked, but love makes it worth it.”
“Do not wait until all the conditions are perfect for you to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”