Mystik Sounds – Hip Hop Tries a New Rap
November 21, 2011
November 21, 2011
Hip-hop has a bad reputation when it comes to its portrayal of women. Groups and record labels have been criticized for songs with lyrics about gender-based violence and videos which show women in a negative manner. But Mystik 703, a popular Haitian hip-hop group from Kafou, is trying to change that.
Founded in 1999 by K.libr’, Ouragan and Ded Kra-Z the group was initially called Soldiers and recorded an album that never got released. After many frustrations with the label, they changed the name to Mystik 703 and spent the next few years performing shows and winning many competitions in Haiti. In 2005 they started working on their first album under the new name. The trio released their debut album Nou Nan Lakou a in November 2008. In the summer of 2009, they officially added eUd (with whom they had collaborated on recordings and shows) as the 4th member of the group. With eUd on board, the group started preparing D-C-Ni (pronounced Decennie), which they finally released in November, 2009.
Recently, Mystik 703 partnered with global humanitarian organization International Medical Corps in a campaign to end violence against women. Dedkra-Z talked about the band’s reasons for joining in the campaign:
“We all know that violence against women has drastically increased since the earthquake. When International Medical Corps approached us about making this song, we all agreed that it was a great opportunity to give the fight to end violence against women a stronger voice in Haiti.”
Their newly released song, Pa Fè Yo Abi (which means “Women, Symbol of Life”), is inspired by the women of Haiti and seeks to create awareness, particularly among the country’s youth, that violence against women cannot be tolerated. The campaign began with a concert in Jacmel, in southern Haiti. The song is getting plenty of airplay on Haitian radio stations, and now they are distributing the song so that it can be shared widely throughout the country.
Mystic 703: Pa fè yo abi
The band counts Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur and the Fugees among its influences. The success of Mystik 703, with this its positive message, could encourage other hip-hop artists to follow suit.