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Adam Haupt Writes About Prophets of da City’s Banned 1993 Video “Understand Where I’m Coming From”

StaticAdam Haupt has written a Mail & Guardian Thoughtleader post about Prophets of da City (POC), whose 1993 video “Understand Where I’m Coming From” was banned for its assertion that the “third force” was state-sponsored. Haupt writes that “You might say that it is this POC video that set off my academic interest in hip-hop” and that more can be read about POC in his book, Static: Race & Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media & Film.

Many hip-hop fans from the current generation may not know much about Prophets of da City (POC). Largely credited by academics for getting Cape Afrikaans hip-hop off the ground and paving the way for Spaza rappers, POC also put their heads on a block for their political principles … literally. The banned video “Understand Where I’m Coming From” (off Age of Truth, 1993) sums it up pretty well. Rather than chasing big commercial hits, POC used their influence to weigh in on South Africa’s volatile politics.

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