Hip Hop at 50: Korean and Japanese kids vibing to Wu Tang Clan spotlights the unifying power of hip hop music

Jul 24, 2023

I was in Costa Rica ten years ago when somebody stopped me on the beach to tell me they liked my t shirt. It was a Boogie Down Productions shirt, and the guy who stopped me talked about hip hop for roughly 20 minutes.

That is what people mean when they refer to hip hop as a unifying force. It’s more than just the music. Hip hop is a language, an art form, and a culture. The music has always brought people together, and over the past 50 years it has become the most popular genre of music among young people.

So when Wu Tang Clan’s super producer, RZA, retweeted a video of young people in Korea going ape shit over their mutual admiration for the Wu, there was no turning back. The girl in the video spotted a guy wearing a Wu shirt, and the rest is hip hop history.

Oh, and they both knew all the words to Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta Fuck With, and that counts for everything.

Contributing Writers

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