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Krip Hop: Where Disability Meets Rhyme

Krip Hop: Where Disability Meets Rhyme.

By Khalil Amani

 

Hip-Hop (rap) used to be about giving a voice to the voiceless. It was the voice of the urban Bantustan. Like gay/out hip-hop, whose voice has yet to be heard in mainstream, another subgenre of rap music called “Krip-Hop” has been banging on rap’s door for a while.

Krip-Hop is not a gang, as in “Crip,” the Cali-based gang. “Krip-Hop” is about helping people with disabilities find their musical voice. Founded by Bay-area rap artist, writer, poet and activist Leroy Moore, who is disabled himself, Krip-Hop is the name used to identify hip-hop musicians and rappers with disabilities who have a love for the craft. Moore has been Krip-Hop’s champion—shouting on the hills and mountaintops of the music industry to be heard. Disabled people have a story to tell! In fact, many of their stories are the stories we’ve heard and relate to—tales of love and lost love, living in an unjust society and partying. Couple that with songs dealing with living in a disabled world—this genre of rap has much to say.

(Leroy Moore, founder of Krip-Hop)

 

And like gay/out hip-hop, not every disabled artist is looking for mainstream acceptance or a deal, but rather to be heard as bona fide artists representing a bona fide musical genre. They may be “krippled,” but they are not rhyme-less and rhythm-less!

 

Talent is talent! Krip-hop is loaded with talent--like the Denver-based rap collective Wheelchair Sports Camp and their front-woman Kalyn Hefferman—a wheelchair-bound rapper who has a lot to say about a lot of things.

(Disabled rapper Kalyn Hefferman of Wheelchair Sports Camp)

 

If you’re about that hip-hop life, start checking for Krip-Hop. Coming to your city any day now.

 

 

Khalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay's Orignators & Straight Stuntin Magazines. Amani is an out-spoken advocate for gay hip-hop as well as other genres under-represented, like Krip-Hop. Follow him on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani.

 

 

 

 

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