Thai hip hop superstar YOUNG HOME took to Instagram today (January 13) to reflect on perseverance and dreaming big.
The artist shared two photos, one of himself with children – all smiling, and wrote about circumstances such as social background and how to use it to their advantage and become “sustainable”.
The caption reads in Thai: “It’s not wrong to be born poor. It’s good because you’re durable. Dream big and stand tall. And you just fight like Master Pridi Phanomyong.”
Pridi Phanomyong was a Thai political leader and former prime minister, often referred to as the father of Thai democracy. He was credited as “the real power behind successive civilian governments like Thailand” and continued to criticize Thai military regimes even after he was in exile.
YOUNGOHM is not one to shy away from voicing his thoughts on Thai society and politics. The music video for his hit single, “ไทลกตับตาคิ” (Bangkok Legacy), a single from his 2020 album of the same name, was released on the 45th anniversary of the “October 6, 1976 massacre” which left at least 46 student protesters dead after opposing the return of a military dictator.
The Bangkok native shared some photos from the 1976 event and wrote: “I want my friends and sisters to try to research many important events that happened in our country. that it never existed in a textbook. When we know past and learn from it, it will surely benefit our present and future. Salute to all the brave heroes of past and present. Prosperous democracy.”
YOUNGOHM’s post also provides a timely sentiment on how people view poverty as inherently wrong (and therefore, according to its logic, punishable), especially in light of the recent headlines about people who grew up from less privileged backgrounds being shamed online for enjoying nice things.
In other YOUNGOHM news, the Thai artist is set to release his second album, thatthong sound, on 25 January 2023.