Hip Hop culture and history
The evolution of hip-hop culture is often presented as either a large-scale collective cultural development or a series of small-scale, individual innovations. In this class, we have suggested that it is both: Individual artists make creative choices within the context of a larger social and cultural environment. The goal of this assignment is to encourage you to think about specific ways that this process – hip-hop – has helped individuals and small groups to understand and control their relationship to larger social forces. Given how complex these relationships are, it may be impossible to give a definite answer to some of these questions, so I do not expect you to do so. In other words, I don’t expect you to be able to prove that your answers actually are true, only to show that they could be true. The important thing is to be creative in your thinking.
With that in mind, please choose a development in hip-hop culture of the 1970s and answer the following questions about it. Note that a “development in hip-hop culture” could be any change that helped to shape the nature of the culture. Some examples might include: choosing to write graffiti on trains instead of walls, choosing to cut up breaks, choosing to form crews rather than work as individuals, using rhymes instead of singing to entertain a crowd, the increased emphasis on rappers over deejays when hip-hop began to be recorded…and so forth. Professional Custom Writing Services from the Experts!
1. What was the innovator trying to accomplish? What problems or limitations were they trying to address? Note that answers to this question may be very practical and specific (“they were trying to build speakers that could handle deep bass frequencies”) or very abstract and general (“they were trying to express their identity”)…or some combination of both.
2. What tools were available for them to use in addressing that challenge, and how were those tools made available by larger social forces? Note that these tools could be physical objects – literal tools or equipment – but they could also be social tools, such as friendships or access to certain types of spaces. So, for example, you could argue that abandoned buildings were one of the “tools” that innovators used, and that they were “made available” by people moving out of the Bronx. Essentially, this question is asking how larger social and cultural forces influenced which options were available to individuals – and which were not.
3. What actual choices did the innovators make? What options did they choose to pursue and what options did they reject?
4. What were the results of their choice(s)? Where they successful in addressing the problems? Did they achieve something different from what they intended? What did they learn from the process?
I would like to concentrate on question number 4.
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