“Rapped Resistance and Capitalism”: Contexts, Identities, and Distribution of DIY Rap in Poland

Milosz Miszczynski

Abstract


Abstract: Based on 32 interviews the following paper explores the contexts of current popularity of hip-hop culture Poland. I hypothesize that technological development and popularization of the internet is the crucial element in enabling the inclusive development and popularity of the music. By focusing on local, unknown artists, I outline their activities and locate them in a bigger picture of the Polish hip-hop culture and industry. I claim that an increasing availability of personal computers in Poland, home internet and development of on-line streaming video-channels removed barriers and allowed the fans and artists to communicate.

 

Keywords: hip-hop, globalization, Eastern Europe, Poland


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