Why write?

Taking a fresh look at hip-hop and literature 

I was born in the early 1980s in North London, my parents who worked hard to send me to a good school, then on to Uni where I studied history. I had no intention of stepping onto the career ladder on leaving Uni, did some (really) crap jobs for a while, earned enough money then moved out to France, living and working and learning the language. Then a year in Francophone Africa.  I’m now back in the UK finishing off a course in International Politics and working out what I want to be doing with the rest of my life!

I’m writing this blog because I feel unrepresented in mainstream media. I feel like there’s a huge gap between the disposable fast-food of television and the irrelevant academic debate. Don’t get me wrong I read/watch both – some crap TV I find fascinating, some academic literature is really good, but sooooo much of both deserves to be put in the bin! Young people don’t seem to have many things to guide ourselves by, but in literature and (conscious) hip-hop there’s a great message that I think young people want to hear. This is my little bit in spreading it.

Why ‘renouvellement’? I admit it’s pretty pretentious, it’s French (these terms always seem to be French and I love the language), and it means ‘renewal’. I think we need some cultural renewal in the West, simple as that. What form this will take if it happens is anyone’s guess. But as Radiohead sung a while ago: “I wish, I wish, I wish that something would happen’. Well, let’s do something to make it happen!

Will Deben


4 Responses

  1. I just wanted to leave a little message to let you know I appreciate your blog! And I love this little description of you!! I would be glad to speak to you…


  2. Thanks, thisblog has helped a ton; I’ve been looking for lyrics from Grand Corps Malade and also learning French in the process; the site has helped a lot!

  3. Love this site, why not do more? Also, really liked the poem Dreams.

  4. why write no more?
    i wish you would right this wrong.

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