The popular musical genre of rap in Lithuania, ascribed to the subculture of hip-hop, is appearing in the area of social and commercial advertisements more frequently. Rap is also gradually becoming a willingly used platform for telling various stories. This musical genre is used during different lessons and trainings as a means that encourages creativity and motivation of learning. Being based in the USA and quite strongly rooted in Lithuania, rap itself makes one think about how this phenomenon transformed in Lithuanian cultural sphere or how it is perceived nowadays by Lithuanian artists. Using documentaries, this article seeks to analyze the thoughts about rap and its significance in Lithuanian and American documentaries proposed by the hip-hop artists, in addition to discuss and explain their similarities and differences from the artist’s perspective.
This article presents a research concluded in 2016, which aimed to unveil how social and cultural issues were represented in Lithuanian rap music. The research shows that social, political and valuable reflections of the state and people are the most reflected by rap texts. It is revealed that rap music helps not only to evaluate, analyze phenomena in the country, but also helps to change, rebuild, and understand them. Research on rap lyrics helps to understand the attitude of hip-hop subculture members towards different events and at the same time look at them from another perspective.
The article discusses the question of whether everyday life in an ordinary small Lithuanian town is indeed inactive, stagnant, empty and immobile. Mobility in everyday life is analysed through the habits of locals in the town of Josvainiai, and relations with the nearest cities and relatives living abroad. In analysing mobility, the main focus is on areas of everyday life such as work, consumption, communication and leisure. The article analyses data from a field study carried out in Josvainiai from July 2019 to January 2020.