A new hip-hop song takes the central government to task over the farmers’ protest
Young Daku in a still from the music video for Farmers Rap.
The purpose of rap music has historically been to highlight societal injustices and tell oppressors that they can’t get away scot free. That’s what indie artiste Young Daku has done with a track called Farmers Rap, which highlights the battle that farmers in the country are waging against the central government’s policies. Some senior members of the protest asked him to compose the track that they later presented at the South Asian Conference on Agriculture, an international meet where their plight was showcased in the form of music. And Young Daku encapsulates this plight with the lines, “The problem with the present is the burdened MSP/ The setting of the prices and the owner of the seeds/ The farmers gonna die/ Then where you gonna feed.”
Overall, the track punches holes into the government’s justifications, and the rapper has a hint of growl in his voice, which only adds more character to his menacing lyrics. This is what rap music was intended for when it was born in the African-American-dominated Bronx borough in New York in the 1970s. Now, after all these years, that same don’t-mess-with-us ethos has well and truly reached the musical landscape of our country.
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