Barbed Wire and Hip-Hop (CD)
Barbed Wire and Hip-Hop is a hip-hop, rap, and jazz CD that also contains a companion booklet of historical photos and text. The project was conceived and produced by Dave Iwataki, and funded by a grant from the California Civil Liberties and Public Education Program.
Barbed Wire and Hip-Hop is designed to increase awareness of the many injustices Japanese Americans suffered as a result of wartime hysteria, racism, and their incarceration during World War II.
Through this project, Project J, Justice, also founded by Iwataki, introduces teens and young adults to a part of American history that they may not know and stresses the fact that we must remain vigilant so that these crimes never happen again.
Several of the compositions utilize audio excerpts of taped testimony from former internees of the WWII concentration camps. By incorporating these audio excerpts from the Los Angeles Hearing of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment (CWRIC) with hip-hop, rap, and jazz, the history of the Japanese Americans wartime suffering becomes accessible to a new generation of people.
The booklet was written by Miya Iwataki, a member of the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations (NCRR), whose years of dedicated community activism insured that an accurate and passionate delivery of information about the internment was presented in the CD booklet.
1) Sei Sei Doh-Doh – Speakers: Katsumi Yagura, Harry Kawahara, Mas Fukai, Yuji Ichioka
2) Democracy Can Be An Illusion – Speakers: Dr. Mary Oda, Frank Chuman
3) Memoirs of a Watchdog – Lyrics written & performed by Olmecah
4) Our Family – Speakers: Rep. Barbara Marumoto, Jim Kawaminami, Mary Kurihara
5) 9-0 Double 6 – Lyrics written & performed by BK (Kyle Toyama)
6) Black Hair – Lyrics written & performed by Traci Kato-Kiriyama
7) One Together – Lyrics written & performed by Olmecah
8) Gambare – Lyrics written & performed by Miya Iwataki
9) Timeline – Lyrics written & performed by Olmecah
10) We’re Dealing With... – Speakers: Justice Arthur Goldberg, Senator S.I. Hayakawa