El Prieto: powerful hip hop from Venezuela

el prietoMy friend Luis just turned me on to El Prieto, a rapper from Venezuela, whose song “Petare barrio de Pakistan” (Petare hood from Pakistan) about the grim realities of living in one of the roughest barrios in Caracas, known as the world’s most dangerous city, really catapulted him into hip hop consciousness outside of Venezuela. I still can’t find much information about him but his powerful lyrics and stirring videos, like “Fin del Mundo” (End of the World) are powerful social commentary about poverty, war and protest, that’s universally relevant. The archival footage of war, violence and injustice, flashing throughout the video from past to present, begs us to wonder if anything has really changed.

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