The beauty of Hip-hop is that it is based on artists vividly sharing their experiences and perspective on life. Whether they’re socially conscious, gangster or utterly materialistic, it reflects the society we live in.
Yes, there is misogyny and extensive violence portrayed, but is that not also prevalent in our society?
While Hip-hop artists do not always explicitly speak of mental illness, their music reveals their mind state and this can be therapeutic for both the artist and the listener.
Hip-hop has gifted us with some of the most profound words when we are unable to intellectualize our emotions.
I am not a doctor nor am I a psychologist. I am just someone who has a passion for music and has grown to learn that mental well being is a necessity.
Mental illnesses remain such strange diseases because they are so personal to each individual who suffers that there is no one ‘fit-for-all’ medication yet. People have different coping mechanisms when fighting for their mental health.
For some, it might be through therapy or taking medication. Yet for others, when there is no one to talk to, the best way to cope might just be to plug in your headphones, block out the world and share a moment with your favourite rapper.
Particularly, if every day does seem a struggle.
Written by Ali Humayun
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