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Blitz the Ambassador Interview with DJBooth.net

In Blitz the Ambassador’s 2007 phone interview with Nathan from DJBooth.net, he discusses his name, the differences between American hip hop and other parts of the world, and his hopes for the future of hip hop.

In response to the origin of of Blitz the Ambassador’s name, he finds himself as the ambassador of hip hop, Ghana, and “everyone who’s trying to move the world in a positive direction.”

Blitz also speaks on the difference between the commercialism of U.S. hip hop versus that of other parts of the world. For instance, he discusses that people still b-boy in Europe and people in Africa are still cyphering  However, in the U.S. MC’s are only relevant or have a sense of standing if they are either signed to a label or have a “fat gold chain.” Despite the cons to being an MC, Blitz has always been attracted to hip hop because it offers a global outlet for the feelings and experiences of people. In fact, Blitz finds that live shows are where real MC’s are born because there is no barrier between the MC and the fans. Also, he finds that there is no point in recording a record if you cannot perform it. Blitz also believes that it is important for MC’s to reinvent the “live experience” by having his DJ and a live band with horns on stage, and not using the same tactics that have been used since the 1980’s.

One of the main points that Blitz the Ambassador makes is that hip hop is complex culture, and that there is no “single” facet to hip hop. For example, despite the fact that there are hip hop artists who have been to college and/or who do not curse, they are not represented in hip hop. However, the images of hip hop that are portrayed are men with gold grills who speak “incoherently,” and Blitz wants to change this image. In fact, he wants to show that hip hop is complex and that it acceptable to speak on issues that is affecting the world and members of the hip hop culture. Blitz hopes to use his music as a way to bring issues to the forefront and to provide hip hop music that was different from mainstream, and for those that did were not content with the current route of hip hop.

 

Article: http://www.djbooth.net/index/interviews/entry/blitz-the-ambassador-interview-062707/

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