Hip Hop was the wildfire that started in the South Bronx and whose flames leapt up around the world crying out for change. James McBride’s Hip Hop Planet focuses on his personal interactions with the development of Hip Hop culture and his changing interpretations of the world wide movement. Many of his encounters and mentions in the text concern young black males and his writing follows an evolution in the representation of this specific social group. He initially portrays them as arrogant, poor, and uneducated but eventually develops their image to include the positive effects of their culture in an attempt to negate their historical misrepresentation. McBride begins his essay in high contrast to his intended purpose with an anecdotal discussion of his first encounters with Hip Hop music that inevitably represents black men as arrogant, aggressive, and poor.
BOB FOSSE’ STYLE REVOLUTIONIZED THE WORLD OF JAZZ The subversive and prodigious choreographer Bob Fosse had a style that not only astonished the American dance scene of the time but sent shockwaves across the globe. He pioneered a progressive technique that changed the music theatre scene indefinitely, which led to the birth of Broadway burlesque. Fosse’s style incorporates sharp agile movements that display the body in a way that shows off rather than disguises. The dance community was immediately sceptical of his approach but began to grasp the fact that Fosse’s technique could one day be popular amongst the dance society. Fosse’s roots in childhood formal dance training provided the framework of his career which helped land him jobs in local nightclubs and later Broadway musicals.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American hip-hop rapper and songwriter from Compton, California. Lamar is a member of the hip-hop collective Black Hippy, which is a part of the TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) label. Lamar is known for his storytelling, imagery, wordplay, passion and varied song structures, Kendrick brings hard-hitting lyricism with narratives to the West Coast, not traditionally known for its lyricists but for gangsta rap. Kendrick Lamar 's third studio album "To Pimp a Butterfly" is a wild ride of stimulating lyrics, jazz-like sounds, and Pac-like rebellion. Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, doesn’t explicitly bill itself as a movie like good kid, m.A.A.d city (Lamar’s first mainstream album) did, but the network of interlocking dramas explored here feels like a movie nonetheless, and a variety of characters appear across the album’s expanse.
The way the city responds to new people will affect the city’s future and its ability to grow and prosper. In an excerpt from Nonstop Metropolis called “Breathing Space: An Interview with RZA”, a famous rapper discusses how an unfamiliar culture changed his life. He was just an African American kid from Staten Island who liked kung fu movies. He respected
In this essay, I will discuss how poverty, drugs, prisons and death contribute to the inescapable boundaries of suffering. The narrator—who is not named—begins the story by finding out his brother Sonny, was arrested “in a raid on an apartment downtown, for peddling and using heroin” (Baldwin 1969). Not wanting to believe it because Sonny had “always been a good boy” (Baldwin 1969), yet, deep down in his soul he was sure the city of Harlem had a firm grasp on Sonny’s life from an early age. As the narrator states “I was sure that the first time
Lin Manuel Miranda’s renowned Hamilton: An American Musical, has become extremely well known for its soundtrack, being nominated alongside modern hip-hop legends, and eventually claiming victory in the 2015 billboard nominations for best hip-hop album, and being openly accessible to people through many music platforms. Miranda’s use of hip-hop in the telling of a what would otherwise arguably be a dry topic of the American underdog, Alexander Hamilton by connecting a white-washed old story to a diverse young audience. Hip-hop has evolved into a universal language of revolution and power to many generations and the use of this language allowed Miranda to revolutionize modern musical theater. Hip-hop in the musical Hamilton has so many significant
To gain true happiness, he needed to appreciate himself and those that love him. Finally, Cole talks about how he’s going to make something out of himself even though he grew up living a struggling lifestyle. “Love Yourz” is one of the songs I can relate to because the lyrics show that no matter how messed up your life is, you should learn to love the life you have. “Love Yourz” made me realize that there will always be someone there to support my decisions and accept the person I am, and who I am to become Even though I cannot relate to having the status of a successful rapper, it is important to reflect on the ideas that J Cole emphasizes on. The hook (“No such thing as a life that’s better than yours”) sums up the whole idea of the song.
“Hip hop: Beyond Beats and Rhyme” (2006), by Byron Hurt is a documentary which tells the hidden side of a today’s Hip Hop culture. The documentary was made in 2006 in the United States by a lifelong hip hop fun and lover Byron Hurt, who realized that each hip hop video has something nearly identical; therefore he decided to make a documentary based on music, politics of hip hop and its culture. The purpose of this essay is to show how Byron Hurt used his non-fiction picture to document hip hop culture from different angles and in what way he has presented his main point to the public. After a short outline of a plot and the background of the documentary, it will analyze the structure of the documentary and effects that are used in the documentary, and what effect it might produce on the watchers. Finally, this essay will analyze how “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” represents features of hip hop culture which is a big part of the American culture, and its issues that it has throughout the country.
There was graffiti everywhere from walls to the subways, graffiti was the reason to why he became who he was. He lived a rough life in Harlem he seemed to be always trying to find his way like any other person who is struggling, until he became famous. At the time “hype” was even becoming a big aspect people started to want. Basquiat paintings as art was expanding in the 80s. Art became much hyped and he was becoming a phenomenon.
Brief Summary The film City of God is a account of the harsh realities that existed in Rio de Janeiro during the 1960’s. The film follows the story of two boys Rocket & Li'l Zé and how they both rise out of their violent and improvised circumstances; one becoming a photographer and the other a drug dealer. Aesthetic Analysis and Theory When one looks at this film’s aesthetic, it showcases itself to be heavily influenced by other world cinemas. Although this film came some thirty years or so after the end of the cinema novo movement, it does draw certain parallels with it. Such as it’s underlying tone for the want of social equality, a strong characteristic of this cinema, it can be seen many times throughout the film’s entirety.
Released in 1987, Sting’s Englishman In New York captures the singer’s dear friend Quentin Crisp’s adaption to the city. Sing quite satirically describes Crisp as “an alien… legal alien in New York” and portraits the anxiety the young gay Englishman experiences in this gentles society. The jazzy beats smoothly blend with the sound of the city as Sting begins to sing about the gentleman’s complaints about not drinking coffee in New York. Hip-hop icon Grandmixer D.ST.’s name comes from New York City’s Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. D.ST.’s a classic hip-hop musician as well as a pioneer of turntables.
James Nugent 16 July 2015 The Legitimacy of Sampling Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, two of hip-hop 's biggest legends collaborated in the early months of 1984 to create one of the most influential songs ever. Released in 1985, on the B-side to The Show, "La Di Da Di" garnered considerable media attention, making it one of the earliest rap songs to blow up nationwide. Instead of it playing on just black music radio stations, the song played on Pop music stations. The song has an everlasting legacy and influence on all genres of music, not due to the original song, but rather the hundreds of mega hits through the practice of sampling. The practice of sampling was discovered by early 1970’s DJs who played around with manipulating vinyl on two turntables
Long Island, New York has cultivated many hip-hop talents in creating masterpieces of hip-hop songs. For example, rap crew Public Enemy’s Fight the power, hip-hop trio De La Soul’s Me, Myself and I, and Eric B and Rakim’s Follow the Leader. All of these songs had great influence over the future hip-hop generations, yet the ones that stood out to me were Public Enemy’s Fight the Power and De La Soul’s Me, Myself, and I. Fight the Power was produced by Public Enemy’s production team The Bomb Squad, and Me, Myself and I was produced by De La Soul and Prince Paul. Although two songs were both released in 1989, they offered different insights for listeners.
Not everyone thinks this is a problem, but more of a solution to help promote their thoughts and opinions about major issues occurring in the world. For example, hip hop artist Drake is known for his music about the heart and love. Another artist by the name of Kendrick Lamar sings more about deep thoughts and the soul. Not only did a great message of a song allow hip hop to spread, but who was rapping the lyrics had a major effect on the hip hop