Wrapping was written the same time I decided to do this blog actually. I was listening to Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s album, ‘Watch The Throne’ and:
1) I really liked it.
2) The fact that they were being open about being Black and this being a problem when trying to get places, moving up the ladder for you cliché lovers, was really cool and I kind of connected.
3) Made me think why do I connect with hip-hop so much?
That’s when I realised it’s because hip-hop is all about struggle, making it big, getting out of the small town and making your voice heard. But, why should I hide behind the stuggle of the Blacks? I’m not belittlng the struggle, trust me. But why don’t I do anything about it? Maybe because reality hit me. No one is going to listen to a girl who’s Muslim, originally from Bangladesh and brought up in a family that has it’s own set of rules and regulations. I talk about the struggles of living in the UK as a Muslim and people think I’m being paranoid. People think it’s boring and we’ve heard too much about it. “Change the record,” I presume many people think.
But their song, ‘No Church in the Wild’ stood out to me. Not because it was Kanye and Jay-Z’s material.. and not because of Frank Ocean’s beautiful voice.. but because of the content. When talking about struggle you have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes in order to understand them.
Empathy is the one thing that I’m hoping is the focus throughout my poetry. So yeah, these thoughts naturally lead to writing it down on paper. And then I guess the frustrations of being heard but not actually listened to spilled out. So as a result, after writing Wrapping.. I decided that it doesn’t matter where I’m from or what I do, if the content of my work is good, it’ll show. I hope.