From the World Cup to the World Congress, retired Brazilian legend Romario has taken an interest in shaking up the Hip-Hop scene in Brazil.
The former Brazil striker is now a socialist representative in Rio de Janeiro’s Chamber of Deputies and he reportedly has plans to enforce a law with Brazil’s ministry of labour covering DJs, MCs, beat-boxing, street-dancing, and graffiti. On his official site, Romario stated about the aforementioned groups, “So we are recognizing the value of our young people who live and breathe hip hop in all its forms of expression and social action.”
If the law is enforced, DJing, MCing, rapping, beat-boxing, street-dancing and being a graffiti artist will be recognised by by the Ministry of Labour and may be registered in the world of work. The concept of this will make the Hip-Hop scene in Brazil viewed as a professional, rather than a dream for quick money and a fancy lifestyle. It will be interesting to see how Brazilian artists react to this recent news. Will this catch on in other countries? Hip-Hop is used as a tool for those in deprived areas to break free of their negative surroundings, this can only make the genre more appealing to a wider main stream audience right?
Although Romario’s background is in football, this can be a very wise move in helping the youth. The music industry is not always seen as the most profitable profession, because a lot of new artist are conned from the beginning and the stipulation of contracts can have a huge effect on the musicians final pay cheque. This also takes away the criminal connotation of Hip-Hop. Graffiti is linked to crime, turning this negative into a positive could change a lot of lives.
Hopefully “Project Romario” does take off, because it could be a new way to help those who need help. #NewRules