I want to be able to write something smart and talk about idea, purpose behind the photos.. but I don't have any of that.. I just showed up with my camera to document the event. Scratching the surface a bit. Hoping to translate some of the verbal intensity to visual.. Keyword being 'hoping'.
I do have some thoughts though.. (good to know brain isn't in sleep mode)
The way hip hop is consumed by the audience through mainstream outlets compared to local grassroot level events are vastly different in experience as one might imagine. The amount of cost and effort to put on a big show at major stage/venue may have its appeals but for the audiences attending local events for the first time may find it surprising to experience pretty amazing cost to mind blown/entertainment ratio. Kind of like UFC with words and without Dana White. The battles between bboys/bgirls, DJs, and MCs in hip hop culture is probably one of the most raw and purest form of measurement of skill and talent in art. I could be wrong.. hence 'probably'. Will just have to keep on digging.
Lastly, I need to blog more often..
Capital Rap Battles - Capital Punishment 2 @Happy Goat Cafe/Ottawa
Oct. 14, 2017