‘Stop the Traffic’ – Shines major light on Sex Trafficking
For this specific album, instead of doing our normal album review, we have decided to continue to propel the message Rapzilla’s King Kulture is putting across when it comes to shining light on the issue of sex trafficking. We have provided statistics and have also given a small highlight concerning the musical message of the project, ‘Stop the Traffic.’
Shining Light on Sex Trafficking
In the world that we live in, there are many ways to raise awareness about social injustices. I’ve seen Youtube videos, T-shirts, music videos, and even flash mobs to project a message to a large amount of people. Rapzilla has used the medium of music to shed light and fund organizations that fight social injustices.
It has been awesome to see how they do it. They have been creating compilation albums under the brand of King Kulture. The first album was released January 31, 2012 and featured artists from all over the Christian hip-hop scene. All of the proceeds for that album went towards helping kids at a school in Africa. On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 they released another King Kulture album titled, Stop The Traffic. The proceeds for this album will go to NYCUP (New York City Urban Project), an organization that is committed to fight against human trafficking.
I applaud Rapzilla for tackling this issue with NYCUP. Human trafficking is all around us. Reports state that “…only about 47,000 victims were brought to light in the last year, compared to up to 27 million people living in slavery. (State Gov.)” The numbers are beyond disheartening. Also, in the United States, the highest amount of humans being trafficked are often found in capital cities where there are government officials that can “pay for service.”
As Kidd mentioned, the average age that people are entered into the human slave trade is 12-14. Stop Child Trafficking Now is another organization that fights human trafficking and they share these statistics about children.
Child trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. UNICEF values the global market of child trafficking at over $12 billion a year with over 2 million child victims
As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the US. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography. (The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
So many Americans are unaware of these staggering statistics that they may not understand why people are so passionate about it. Human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal enterprise after drugs.
Stop The Traffic aims to shine a glaring light for those that simply are blind to the issue. The body of Christ needs to know about these issues and I think that a Christian hip-hop album is a great source to spread the message out to a wide variety of listeners.
Hip-Hop Stopping the Traffic
We’ve seen this throughout the history of music and more specifically hip-hop. Hip-hop has been the soundtrack to many movements and time periods. Stop The Traffic is following right along in that, by providing a voice to the voiceless that are caught in human trafficking.
Nothing stole from the purpose and main theme of the record. Not the all-star cast or the production, or anything else. The star of this record was exactly what the star of the was supposed to be. Stop The Traffic brings awareness to human trafficking, as well as motivates people to reach out and help.
From KIDD’s intro to Propaganda’s outro, this record educates and inspires. You could feel each artists heart in every bar that was spit on Stop The Traffic. “We Win” by Rhema Soul, is a heartfelt track that balances beautifully between tugging your heartstrings and filling you with inspiration and warmth. “Show Them” by Skrip, motivates you to get up and do something. “Healthy Don’t Need Doctors” by Propaganda, will convict you in a good way, as opposed to making you feel guilty, and typically only a pastor or mentor can do that.
Stop The Traffic is a beautiful picture of exactly what hip-hop was meant to be, a voice for the voiceless. It shines a light on a struggle that may never otherwise see any light. It’s also a microcosm of what Christian Hip-Hop is supposed to be, because it inspires people to act on an injustice all in the name of Christ. This record is what is great about hip-hop.
Don’t get lost in the music with this record, because it’s so much more than that. So with that being said, it’s only right to leave you with the same challenge that Skrip gave us: “So what you gonna do, just stand there? You’ve got to show them what you’re made of.”