"Born a Crime" — A literary soundtrack
"The walls of apartheid were coming down just as American hip-hop was blowing up, and hip-hop made it cool to be from the hood. Before, living in a township was something to be ashamed of; it was the bottom of the bottom. Then we had movies like Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society, and they made the hood look cool. The characters in those movies, in the songs, they owned it. Kids in the townships started doing the same, wearing their identity as a badge of honor: You were no longer from the township — you were from the hood." — Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
There is arguably nothing more universal than music. It plays a large role in Trevor Noah’s biography, from his days selling bootleg CDs to working as a DJ before entering the larger entertainment world. The ‘hoods’ of South Africa were vastly different from streets American rappers were citing, but music has the ability to bridge even the largest of gaps.
So settle in for a throwback listening session with this playlist, curated from artists mentioned in Born A Crime.