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Session

(De)criminalising Hip Hop

Music Industry

(De)criminalising Hip Hop

About

Hip Hop has been subject to extraordinary amounts of police attention in recent years. In NSW alone, the lyrics of drill bands have been censored, gigs closed down, artists harassed and 'rapper music' even banned (briefly) at the Royal Easter Show. Police have used laws on musicians that were originally originally created to curtail alleged terrorists and bikie gangs Musicians of colour have been especially affected. This echoes similar trends overseas, especially in the UK. Such policing limits creativity, self-expression and possibilities for entrepreneurship. This panel will look at the current situation for hip hop and drill artists, and will examine how we change this in the future.

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