Welcome to the premiere episode of Uncharted, an UPROXX Original series highlighting the best artists you haven’t heard of, yet. With the support of our friends at Honda, we’ll be following some of the best emerging talent as they follow their dreams and make great music.
Hip-hop is possibly the largest cultural force on the face of the planet. Its fingerprints are everywhere: not just in art, but in politics, news, sports, food, business, tech — it’s in every aspect of our lives. So, if rap music’s influence is so massive, why are its origins not held in that same regard?
True cinephiles not only know the directors of today, they study the Truffauts and Goddards and Hitchcocks and Kubricks, even the Spikes and Spielbergs of more recent history. Maybe trendy foodies only look to what’s next, but true fans of haute cuisine look back to older gourmands and recipes as building blocks. From visual art, to rock ‘n’ roll, to television, to dance to theater, the past is equally important to what’s contemporary, if not moreso.
While there may not be a clear answer as to why hip-hop is the outlier in remembering its past, there are some people who want to shift that tide. One member of this new generation is Los Angeles’ own A-F-R-O. If you speak with the 17-year-old rapper, he’ll paint you a picture of modesty about how he’s just a young guy trying to stay humble and pay respect to those who he’s admired in the rap game all his life. And yes, that would be honest. But he knows that the art form is much larger than himself.