Sunday, June 4, 2017
Spreading the Love: MC Yogi and "Krishna Love"
Our random tune today is by MC Yogi, a Bay Area hip hop artist and yogi who promotes themes of Hindu religion and philosophy in hip hop whose real name is Nicolas Giacomini. Giacomini began rapping at 13 and, while living in home for at-risk children at age 17, he became a practitioner of yoga after his father took it up. His songs are often bhajans, or devotional songs, celebrating one or another of the Hindu deities. At other times, he provides interesting history lessons on the lives of important historical figures within Hinduism, such as Gandhi. Even when he is doing nothing but beatboxing, his songs can sound like mantras or prayers. This song, Krishna Love, is a devotional to the Hindu god of love and compassion and can be found on MC Yogi's 2008 album Elephant Power. The video has various iconography of Krishna.