I Love Hip Hop In Morocco is a documentary about the first major hip hop festival in Morocco. While the overarching theme is the creation and performance of the festival, it also focuses on individual artists and allows the viewer access to their thoughts. I found a couple aspects of the film surprising. First, I thought it was interesting how self-aware many of the artists were. In American rap, much of the music and the discourse between rappers seems to be very self centered, as the artists tend to focus on themselves – their positive attributes and worldly goods. There is little to no mention of other people (save for insults) and other places in the world. However, the Moroccan artists seemed very aware of their place in a global hip hop scene (relative to their American influences) as well as their linkage to Hip Hop as a music of resistance. Most mainstream American artists no longer link rap to the struggles experienced by African Americans, but the Moroccan rappers link their music with both their daily struggles and the historical precedent.
Another aspect I found interesting was that a lot of the artists in the movie were in groups, such as H-Kayne. While this is reminiscent of earlier American rap, as there were groups such as the Sugarhill Gang and Run-DMC, it is not really reflective of modern day US hip hop, where most artists perform solo. Since Moroccan hip hop was still in its early stages, I wonder if it will follow the path of American rap and morph into a more solo scene, or if there is a cultural difference that encourages group collaboration.