Somali Rapper: US Hip Hop Postures Violence Because America So Safe
“K’naan said he understands the “posture element” to American hip-hop, as well as the reasons rappers burnish their street cred with tales of popping caps and moving kilos.
It’s a testament to the safety of American cities, he said.
“You don’t have kids who are 8 years old walking around with AK-47s in the street,” he said. “Here, you have pockets, of course, that are struggling — without a doubt — and that have a lot of violence, but it’s still pockets. … When you do put your mind to it, you can make it. You can get out of the violence. For [Somalis], you cannot get out of the violence. There’s just nowhere to go.”