“There are many more concerned about likes and followers than about gambling with something related to the essence of hip hop”

Picture: Catalina Serrano

In contrast to many artists on the scene, The missionary could make a optimistic stability of the yr wherein every part modified for the music trade. “Final yr began form of unusual, with the occasional controversy in January, one thing that prolonged all year long and that as we speak continues to go away the occasional fragment. However the fact is that 2020 was a really fruitful yr in all elements, each personally and artistically ”, says Darío Sebastián Araujo, placing the magnifying glass incisively on the challenges that 2021 brings wherein many issues They’ll now not be the identical for the person who without end modified the position of the host in freestyle battles around the globe.

“The great factor is that this yr I began very effectively, with many new proposals and initiatives -adds the host of the Crimson Bull Battle of Los Gallos-. Within the inventive, will probably be a brand new rebirth, one thing that I believe is excellent. So I can let you know that I began the yr in a implausible method. I’m an individual who understands that life is a collection of processes and from these processes there are all the time two issues: both they go by and you do not study something otherwise you study as time goes on. In that sense, and as I used to be saying earlier than, 2020 was a yr of quite a lot of studying, so I’m very completely satisfied ”.

An artist linked to the old-fashioned of hip hop, El Misionero has an extended journey on the nationwide scene and a glance that goes far past the current mainstream that rap and entice reside on the regional degree. As he displays on the complexities of residing in an period wherein every part is viralized and trivialized with the identical velocity and depth, he returns to probably the most turbulent moments he lived on stage and the results that it introduced him in actual life. For him, expertise performs a basic position on the subject of assembling a shell to battle towards any onslaught: “I really feel that every part we undergo in life makes us study rather a lot. The second you study probably the most is within the storm, As a result of every part may be very simple once they fill you with reward, however the place you study probably the most is in the mean time once they begin to beat you continuous, once they despise and reject you probably the most. There are various individuals who need to see you destroyed only for eager to see you on the ground, as a result of the truth is that there’s not even one thing private behind that hatred.

Virtually with out taking a breath, The Missionary reaffirms his place and redoubles his wager, with out thereby failing to indicate a wholesome weak aspect that solely denotes absolute humanity: “With what authority am I going to inform the youngsters to maintain combating for what they need if I quit earlier than the primary refusal? That is pure studying: each time I get on stage, each time I’m going to present a chat, every part I say, I say it with authority as a result of I lived it, I reside it and I do know what it looks like. I all the time converse from actual expertise, so I let you know that the shell was not totally armed as a result of there are a lot of issues that also damage me. However I’m studying to take care of it and to take it from one other perspective ”.

Taking as a place to begin probably the most bombastic phrases in his press launch (“his life and his artwork beat to the heart beat of hip hop”), the dialog turns to the large and profitable information of the native hip hop scene. From the purest underground to the sections of any medium that solely appears for clicks sticking to the brand new trend, it’s plain the truth that nationwide and in style hip hop has developed remarkably within the inventive. The issue continues to be within the values, in the way in which wherein tradition has been stripped of all its social and political traits to stay solely with the business side. “I believe that music grew rather a lot on the scene, that one of many instruments of hip hop grew rather a lot – it is its analysis. I don’t imagine that hip hop has grown as an essence or as a set of values, however reasonably the musical data did. Logically, the arrival to the mainstream made every part tackle new dimensions. However hip hop as a tradition and as a motion didn’t develop, as a result of the general public that approached it doesn’t have an identification with these values, a Boca-River doesn’t matter to them as a battle between Stuart and Dtoke. What grew was the music trade, hip hop as a enterprise, nothing greater than that ”.

And the way do you are feeling that the true essence of hip hop might be developed and expanded within the nation?
I really feel like it may be performed, though it sounds utopian. I really feel like we are able to if we are able to get again to our roots. For instance, the opposite day I went to Jujuy and I met folks from the old-fashioned who’re reverted to hip hop and who, at 55 years outdated, get collectively as they used to do a few years in the past. I believe the bottom line is to commit. We who’re a bit of extra uncovered than the others, we’ve to speak rather a lot about hip hop tradition and attempt to sow the seeds within the new generations. Can or not it’s modified in any respect? I do not know, however as a missionary I hope to evangelize hip hop, that is why I began this new campaign that takes me by way of all nations to have the ability to discuss hip hop from a vital and never so industrial place.

Picture: Catalina Serrano

The return to the group, one of many keys to hip hop as a political, social and cultural motion. By no means forgetting to present again to the identical group as soon as a sure standing is reached, as soon as a destiny that appears inevitable might be escaped. Two factors that aren’t normally seen within the up to date scene and to which an inclination to individualism is opposed reasonably than to the collective. A pattern that doesn’t come from a spaceship, however is the daughter of post-2000 hip hop (the notorious period of “bling bling”) reasonably than hip hop originating from the South Bronx.

Confronted with the potential of reversing a capitalist equation in theoretical and sensible phrases, El Misionero alternates between brutal realism and utopian hope: “I do not know if the state of affairs goes to have the ability to be reversed, as a result of the human being himself is basically egocentric and individualistic. We all the time search for private good as a result of the system teaches us that it must be that method and that’s what prevents you from trying on the individual subsequent to you, merely since you are extra involved with saving your self reasonably than serving to the opposite. We’re used to an excellent individualistic system and from that place every part may be very sophisticated. Anyway, I let you know that if I didn’t imagine that you would be able to get out of that, I might not transfer to even attempt, I might not play it in any respect. I’ve religion {that a} small revolution might be began wherein everybody who wakes up will unfold it to others. Within the utopian, this could be the perfect, no matter whether or not it occurs or not.

Dropping hope isn’t one thing inherent to hip hop, however reasonably the alternative, leaving a phrase by Araujo sealed within the dialog: “Hip hop with its ideas can change a complete society. However hey, the truth is that for that awakening of conscience quite a lot of dedication is required, one thing wherein I embrace myself ”.

Once we go on to the subject of the younger heavyweights of the brand new era and their reluctance to embrace totally and sincerely with the values ​​of hip hop, there should not many rhetorical activates the a part of El Misionero: “In the event that they see this transfer and so they cup to the purpose of eager to be a part of it, welcome. However I do not assume I will search for them, there are only a few with this thought, other than just a few who do assume the identical method, absolutely they need to take part once they see us doing all this ”.

After shortly clarifying that, from its perspective, hip hop isn’t towards politics, however towards political events generally, El Misio sharpens its fangs a bit of extra to proceed looking out – with appreciable success, it have to be stated – the bone of those that promote themselves as impartial and assist the well-known “NO ME METO”: “I believe there are a lot of folks extra involved about likes and followers than about playing with one thing associated to the essence of hip hop. I do not know what would occur if Tupac have been alive on this context of the pandemic. Suppose he put out a file known as Killuminati [The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory de 1996, publicado poco después de su asesinato], so they’d absolutely inform him he is a fucking madman, a conspiratorial, so I do not know what he would do proper now. There are individuals who care extra about different issues, every part may be very banal at occasions, lots of the artists want to not lose their work or likes than to present an opinion about one thing “.

Whereas many argue that –in comparison with rap and entice and in addition to different genres generally– freestyle as a self-discipline has reached some extent of stagnation, El Misio has a very completely different imaginative and prescient, even on the subject of battles: “ Freestyle battle for a logical motive, it should all the time have the identical loop. All the pieces is hitting, punchline, assaults. However freestyle itself is the premise for thus many rap and entice songs. Those that say that it’s sq. absolutely say so as a result of they solely take a look at the battles, however there you can too discover many nuances, past the truth that they can’t be songs. One factor is freestyle battle and one other is freestyle cypher, which has reached a degree as soon as once more. It’s occurring, the extent may be very excessive, most of those that make songs do it a few freestyle ”.

It’s not a novelty, nevertheless it bears repeating, that Araujo without end revolutionized the position of the host in freestyle battles worldwide. Not a minor proven fact that has all the time been taken very calmly by its protagonist when explaining it: “I believe I used to be feeling and vibrating in response to what I felt. I used to be real with my emotions. The phrases that I say, the helps that I do, the outfits, the way in which to enter the exhibits… All that I used to be taking from the pure authenticity, I didn’t copy something from anybody. Suppose that at one level they informed me that I yelled an excessive amount of and I by no means cared as a result of it was what I felt. The loopy factor is that a lot of these these days copy me in every part, so it’s evident that being true to myself was a superb technique. And the type continues to evolve, it grows each time I get on stage, as a result of I all the time attempt to enhance every part I can ”.

Because the interview involves an finish, the query about that occasion that marked him without end turns into inevitable: “The one which I’ll always remember is the God Degree of Chile in 2016. I keep in mind that I requested to be and so they informed me that They’d no cash to pay me. After I retorted that it was free, they informed me that they could not pay me for the aircraft ticket both, to which I informed them that I paid for it and that I solely wanted a roof, a blanket, a mattress and two meals a day. And one thing re loopy occurred, as a result of it was the primary freestyle occasion I went to that I felt very near the essence of hip hop, so for me it’s one thing unforgettable ”.

Out of your place of expertise and data within the matter. Do you assume a change or at the very least a brand new twist is important in freestyle competitions in our nation?
I believe it’s time to reinvent ourselves, to discover a twist as you say, as a result of right here in Argentina we’re very developed with the topic of freestyle. What I would love is that, as a result of I’ve been right here for eight years with the identical factor and each day I see that one thing completely different is required.

What artist, album or tune marked you as an expert? Which determine from the black tradition do you like on the subject of on a regular basis inspiration?
If I had to decide on an artist and a file, I might all the time select The one who had died by Vico C. That album modified my life and was the one which made me select the trail of hip hop. And I add you to Martin Luther King as a revolutionary picture, as a result of it’s undoubtedly the one which has marked me probably the most since all the time.

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