Refa 1 is a first generation writer and longtime Zulu from Oakland who pulls no punches when it comes to speaking about the liberation and upliftment of our people. He came to our Hip Hop class at SF State and drop some serious gems for all of us to ponder as he explained what writing is about.
He noted that ‘grafitti’ is a media created term and it diminishes the artistry and spiritual essense of the craft. He also spoke about the importance of establishing our own voices and to be wary of people who ‘document’ the culture but have no real connection or love for it. He warned that they are likely to exploit, malign and not show what its really about.
very powerful words..enjoy