Hip-Hop and “The Hunger Games”: Why We Shouldn’t Miss Out on a Worldwide Phenomenon

I read The Hunger Games while home sick one weekend. By that Monday, I was officially addicted. I follow the games on Twitter, am a fan on Facebook, have visited the website numerous times, especially in the week leading up to the film. In fact, the week before the debut has been nothing but a big distraction from the waiting for The Hunger Games to begin.

The premise is simple. In the distant future, children are chosen at random to compete in annual games where they are forced to fight each other to the death. The “Hunger Games” are a national pastime in Panem, the new world, and therefore, the winner becomes fabulously famous and wealthy.

Sounds like an interesting story. And it is. What makes the stories so compelling are that they are not a completely fictionalized world like Harry Potter, full of things that could never happen. The Hunger Games is so plausible, that you worry about the future. Even more fascinating about The Hunger Games and the other two books in the series, Catching Fire and Mockingjay are the underlying subplots. This is a love story. It is an adventure story. It is a story of revolution, one that will be televised.

The Hunger Games is actually a story that should appeal to the Hip-Hop generation. Katniss Everdeen is a young woman who is trying to be a provider for her small, single-parent led family. She bends rules when necessary to provide for their needs. She and her community are under the influence of a greedy and manipulative ruler and an oppressive security force. Katniss is forced into a situation out of her comfort zone where she has to show and prove that she is more than just another competitor. She has to fight for her life, while yet retaining her own humanity.

The Hunger Games trilogy has sold over 20 million books. There are action figures, costumes, recipes, and of course, a soundtrack. The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond features only one Hip-Hop artist, Kid Cudi with, “The Ruler and the Killer.” MTV describes it as “dark and haunting.” Perfect for this book and film.

The Hip-Hop generation should not miss out on The Hunger Games – not the film adaptation of the book, or the books themselves. As a worldwide phenomenon, the film is getting comparisons to Star Wars and is breaking opening weekend, box office records nationally. The Hunger Games is an opportunity for the Hip-Hop generation to support a storyline about what can happen when one person stands up to what appears to be an indomitable system. The Hunger Games is an amazing book and film about activism, something that has been sorely lacking from much of Hip-Hop, but remains a seed within the generation, waiting to bloom.

The Hunger Games is in theaters now. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Biba Adams is a Senior Staff Writer and Book Editor for Follow her (like a Mockingjay) on Twitter @BibatheDiva.

  • water_ur_seeds

    Sounds kinda like ‘Battle Royal’ the Asian classic… Was A sick movie, BR2 wasnt as good though

    • I was just about to say the same thing.  I have the Manga at home.  only three volumes out of five.  Anyway, I’m not impressed about the American version of Battle Royal simply because it was an idea done years ago by someone else like so many other new movies that have been hitting the silver screen lately).  I didn’t read the book, but I’m quite sure the premise is the same.

      • water_ur_seeds

        heavy… ive only seen the japanese version with subtitles, which i believe is the og one? think it was banned in the usa, we got it over here in the uk though

      • the American version of Battle Royal I meant is this Hunger Games (just to clarify my post), but I do think Battle Royal was treated like so many other Japanese original titles in the past…The Ring…Dark Water…for example.  Low recognition with a significant cult following.
        I’m surprised there wasn’t an American version of Fudoh…That sh!t is classic.

      • water_ur_seeds

        oh right i see… japanese titles dont get much publicity because the average person doenst like to read subtitles, and the gore and randomness puts people off, i love though lol ill check that fudoh out, never herd of it… itchi the killer was pretty raw! 

  • Guest

    So was I supposed to be sold into seeing this ?

  • You should know you can’t talk to niggas about reading. Like they say in the hood, it’s better to hide your cash in a book as opposed to a safe cause niggas will never look into a book.

    It was a very good book and millions of people realized that… even before there was a movie out….

    • water_ur_seeds

      Yo wsup HoodG, good to see an old head in here, dont see the OGs like HoodProphet, Mush and BP1 anymore, this place fell off… Hows the Magazine going starrr???

      • water, what up fam. Mag is going good. Yea this place definitely fell off comment wise. The comments now are just as ignorant as the ones on HipHopDx now… smh… lol

      • water_ur_seeds

        yeah bruvah, i dont come here much anymore, used to enjoy chopping it up with the famalam, having some intelligent debates, now its all beef and insults, got enough of that in everyday life can do with out in on the internet to lol glad to hear mag is doing well man, keep it up!

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  • luponder

    Its a great read.  I dont think there is anyone who would read the books and say they did not enjoy them.  It doesnt matter who you are or where you are from, if something is excellent it is universal.

  • From what I read sounds great.My mother just got it.I can’t say this like Star Wars,lets not forget Avatar,Lord of The Rings,the Matrix,and Potter.i think Star Wars is the GOAT of epics.No movies will be pt of pop culture like them.Hunger Games does seem interesting though

  • killson

    i am going to go check this movie out now, i dont have hours to spend on a book, but 2 hours on a movie is alright, hopefully this site didnt get paid to plug this in and hopefully i’ll enjoy movie.

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  • Shah Beats

    This movie is all hype.

  • Cheef Third

    Are you being paid to promote this?

  • Heartless_Bajan_Bastid

    This movie really does seem like it’s all hype.  I’d rather wait until it comes on one of the sites I use to watch movies free, but at the same time I’m not willing to sit for 2.5 hours for this ish.  I’ll just wait for The Dark Knight Rises to come out, cuz I’ll watch it even if it’s 2.5 or 3 hours.

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