Enter the Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent

A docu-style research of our fascination with the gun, from the point of view of the hip-hop generation.

The 2003 capturing dying of Toronto community-centre employee Kempton Howard placed the highlight on hip hop’s fixation with weapons. Media and police quickly blamed rap track and its stories of gang existence on bullet-ridden US streets for the emerging use of firearms in Canadian crime. have been those songs crafty money owed of a bad fact, or a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce have interviewed some of the significant avid gamers within the hip-hop global. As publishers of an award-winning journal of city tradition, they’d watched rap tune turn into a scapegoat for society’s a lot older and broadly unfold fascination with weapons. What follows is their foreign event to deconstruct smooth gun tradition in all its manifestations. Bascunan and Pearce search out hip-hop artists, unlawful gun runners, firearms aficionados and brands, museum curators, teachers, politicians, video-game creators, activists, sufferers of gun violence and the friends and family left behind.

Somewhere among Fast nutrients Nation, No Logo and a Michael Moore documentary, that includes sly sidebar fabric and unique paintings, Enter the Babylon System is a component outrageous journalistic pursuit and half passionate cri de coeur for sanity within the face of a society’s obsession.

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