Soldier RapOne of the most hopeful developments in recent hip-hop is Soldier Rap, the stuff bubbling forth from the barracks in Iraq.
Soldiers have always had their own music, but never before have they been so able to share their songs with the rest of the world. Today they're on myspace and youtube.
Two Soldier Rap acts get some treatment in my book: 4th25 ("Fourth Quarter") and Corner Pocket. The latter have posted their video "Stay in Step" on YouTube. Here it is:
This is the stuff real men are made of! Not cool machismo, but the blues. They're not showing their manhood by their bullet wounds; they're lamenting the loss of war.
Meanwhile 4th25's Live from Iraq [WARNING: There are images of war in this one.]: