Hip Hop, you don’t stop with the clichés

On the American TV series Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein incarnated the clichés of West Coast hipster culture: the feminist bookstore clerk who knows more than you, restaurant clients who want to know the name of the chicken they are about to order, the cyclist whistling his way through traffic.

This fall, Marc Labrèche and Anne Dorval starred in Télé-Québec’s Les Bobos, another sketch-based show, which plays on the stereotypes of the Plateau’s bohemian bourgeoisie.

Programs such as these made me wonder how easy it would be to fill a series with all of the “real hip hop” clichés on full display at all of the many rap shows I attend throughout the year.

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