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Member of Def Wish Cast

“I do a lot of youth workshops so I get around a fair bit. But in the last couple of years, and I’ve been doing these workshops for 10 now, I’ve been seeing a rising trend of young people taking on the name Australian hip hop but they are really latching on to the Australian part as something completely different than it’s intended. They’re forgetting the hip hop part. So they’re seeing the phrase Australian as a badge of white Australia and that’s very separate from everyone from my generation that saw hip hop as hip hop.

It’s a culture that’s universal, it’s global and it’s everyone. But these guys are saying no it’s just for white Australians. And I’m seeing it more and more to the point where it’s attracting people that have that lean towards the white pride and white power thing which has no place in hip hop whatsoever. Zero place.”