As far as music genres go, few are as hotly contested as hip hop. It’s middle America’s favourite whipping boy, but one of corporate America’s most powerful marketing agents. In the midst of the cultural tug-of-war, battle rap has returned with a vengeance and today marches unchallenged as the leading movement in the hip-hop underground.
Anyone who has walked through East London is bound to have spotted a pair of enormous white teeth propping up a wall, poking round behind a lamppost, leaning against a corner…these grins belong to Sweet Toof, one of the city’s most vibrant and instantly recognisable artists.
Whilst the migrants of Shoreditch and Dalton hold Banksy in the highest esteem, looking to him as the god-king of street art with his political sentiment and class mockery, other more hardened graffiti writers and street artists consider him a plagiarising vandal; painting over legendary graffiti pieces with his contrived stencils and allegedly stolen ideas. On the face of it, Banksy creates stunning propaganda depicting the state of the world’s affairs in large art pieces daubed illegally throughout the streets of Europe.
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