GlobalFaction & I Am Hip Hop Present A Discussion On Politricks in ‘ReZONEing’

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Glob­al Fac­tion and I Am Hip Hop Magazine present ReZONE­ing – an in-depth dis­cus­sion on the socio-polit­ic­al situ­ation facing our com­munit­ies. The call­ing of the snap gen­er­al elec­tion has intens­i­fied much of the debate, con­cerns, prob­lems and divi­sions that the cur­rent polit­ic­al cli­mate has imposed upon our people and the soci­ety, with – as expec­ted – most of the con­ver­sa­tion being centred on which polit­ic­al party people should sup­port. With­in poorer and more eth­nic­ally diverse com­munit­ies and among­st those who are more act­ive in grass­roots organ­isa­tion, the debate has been less about who to vote for and more about wheth­er or not people should reas­sess their present (often right­fully scep­tic­al) con­cep­tions of the Labour Party and sup­port the lead­er­ship of Jeremy Corbyn, who in many ways appears to be the most humane and relat­able can­did­ate to actu­ally stand a chance of becom­ing prime min­ister in liv­ing memory.

This scen­ario has seen many respec­ted and well known mem­bers of the Hip Hop and Grime com­munity come out in sup­port of Corbyn, get­ting behind his cam­paign and urging people, espe­cially young people, to engage or reen­gage with the pro­cess of party polit­ics and to register then vote on June 8th. The decision to do so has been framed as an urgent call to action at a crit­ic­al moment with import­ant areas such as the NHS, people’s basic income, school fund­ing, uni­ver­sity fees and the move­ment of people (often those escap­ing war­zones) being seen as at stake if the Con­ser­vat­ive party were to retake con­trol of the gov­ern­ment.

As a res­ult of the reduced time-scale brought about by the snap gen­er­al elec­tion, people are being forced to accel­er­ate their weigh­ing up of Corbyn’s cre­den­tials and of the effect­ive­ness of back­ing a Labour Party that has at best betrayed its ori­gin­al pos­i­tion as rep­res­ent­at­ive of the poorer and work­ing class mem­bers of this soci­ety and at wor­st has only ever been the second half of an arti­fi­cial demo­cracy and polit­ic­al sys­tem designed to cre­ate the illu­sion of freedom and par­ti­cip­a­tion in the polit­ic­al sys­tem. Unfor­tu­nately, due to the appar­ent urgency, this area of dis­cus­sion has been lost among the mass media driv­en, repet­it­ive con­ver­sa­tion of left or right, red or blue, Labour or Con­ser­vat­ive, Corbyn or May. In respon­se to Corbyn being attacked by this same mass media, much of the con­ver­sa­tion by those who would nor­mally be the voice of the more focused dis­cus­sion have instead had to spend their air­time defend­ing him as a per­son or as a politi­cian. As a con­sequence, the dia­logue has shif­ted to be far more inline with the mass media (mis)conception of polit­ic­al debate.

With this set of cir­cum­stances as the basis, Glob­al Fac­tion and I Am Hip-Hop magazine have attemp­ted to realign this dis­cus­sion, pla­cing the con­ver­sa­tion in the zone of ques­tion­ing the very nature of the polit­ic­al sys­tem that party polit­ics rep­res­ents. After reach­ing out to a large num­ber of the Hip Hop, Reg­gae, Jungle, Grime and act­iv­ist com­munit­ies of Lon­don, a group of indi­vidu­als who view the polit­ic­al sys­tem from this per­spect­ive were brought togeth­er to dis­cuss the cur­rent cli­mate, wheth­er or not they were vot­ing or why, how polit­ics does not start and end with polit­ic­al parties, what our com­munit­ies should or can expect from this cur­rent situ­ation, where our ener­gies should be focused in terms of our com­munit­ies and polit­ics and the role that music(ians) and art(ists) can, could or should play in defin­ing and act­ing as a res­ult of such points of view.

Held in Imper­i­al Fla­vors Carib­bean res­taur­ant in Hack­ney, Con­go Natty, DJ Steaz, Amy True, Potent Whis­per, Apex Zero, Rish­ma and Merz reas­on on all the issues men­tioned above and more in part one of “ReZON­En­ing”, an attempt to realign the cur­rent polit­ic­al con­ver­sa­tion.

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Apex Zero

Apex Zero

Apex Zero is an emcee and beat maker who has been express­ing his anti-polit­ic­al views and extend­ing his work towards defin­ing, inspir­ing and cre­at­ing last­ing change through Hip Hop for over a dec­ade. Apex has been work­ing with grass­roots and mil­it­ant organ­isa­tions, edu­cat­ing him­self and oth­ers, organ­ising and build­ing towards over­turn­ing the oppress­ive mech­an­ism at large since his mid-teens, around the same time that he entered London’s under­ground Hip Hop scene as part of his crew, First and Last with his brother OMeza Omni­scient. Years of earn­ing respect and enhan­cing their repu­ta­tion, which lead to col­lab­or­a­tions and work­ing rela­tion­ships with many of the scenes most prom­in­ent artists and organ­isa­tions, mani­fes­ted in the Octo­ber 2013 release of Apex’s debut solo album ‘Real­ity Pro­vok­ing Lib­er­a­tion’. The 15 tracks of self-described ‘Neo-Hard­core Hip Hop’ gathered inter­na­tion­al acclaim from both fans and crit­ics, fur­ther enhan­cing Apex’s repu­ta­tion as one of the strongest and clearest voices in anti-polit­ic­al, ‘revolu­tion­ary’ Hip Hop in the UK. Based in Beijing, China since 2014, Apex has been trav­el­ling out­side of the UK, seek­ing new per­spect­ives and aim­ing at enhan­cing his out­look, explor­ing dif­fer­ent soci­et­ies, con­nect­ing with Hip Hop heads, act­iv­ists and schol­ars world­wide. Like his music, his writ­ing is often an exten­sion of his ideas and efforts to effect change in the world whil­st enhan­cing and elev­at­ing both the cul­ture of Hip Hop and the people who embody it.

About Apex Zero

Apex Zero
Apex Zero is an emcee and beat maker who has been expressing his anti-political views and extending his work towards defining, inspiring and creating lasting change through Hip Hop for over a decade. Apex has been working with grassroots and militant organisations, educating himself and others, organising and building towards overturning the oppressive mechanism at large since his mid-teens, around the same time that he entered London’s underground Hip Hop scene as part of his crew, First and Last with his brother OMeza Omniscient. Years of earning respect and enhancing their reputation, which lead to collaborations and working relationships with many of the scenes most prominent artists and organisations, manifested in the October 2013 release of Apex’s debut solo album ‘Reality Provoking Liberation’. The 15 tracks of self-described ‘Neo-Hardcore Hip Hop’ gathered international acclaim from both fans and critics, further enhancing Apex’s reputation as one of the strongest and clearest voices in anti-political, ‘revolutionary’ Hip Hop in the UK. Based in Beijing, China since 2014, Apex has been travelling outside of the UK, seeking new perspectives and aiming at enhancing his outlook, exploring different societies, connecting with Hip Hop heads, activists and scholars worldwide. Like his music, his writing is often an extension of his ideas and efforts to effect change in the world whilst enhancing and elevating both the culture of Hip Hop and the people who embody it.