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★ Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop: see Music & Culture & Black Culture & Rap & Pop Music

Empires of New York TV - Style Wars 1983 - Nas - Snoop Dog - Quincey Jones - Russell Simmons - Michael Eric Dyson - Chuck D - Bell Hooks - The Sugarhill Gang - Scratch 2001 - Beat This! A Hip Hop History 1984 - Facing Suge Knight TV - Storyville: The Great Hip Hop Hoax & 8 Bar: Evolution of Grime TV - Fear of a Black Hat 1993 - Public Enemy: Prophets of Rage 2011 - Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 2005 - Drugs Inc TV - Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us TV - David Harewood TV - Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World TV -

 

 

 

The 80s would become known as the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.  From its birthplace in the Bronx this new genre would rewrite the rules of music for decades to come.  Empires of New York s1e2: Nothing in Their Way, DiscoveryPlus 2020   

 

 

New York City 1982: They call themselves writers because that’s what they do: they write their names among other things everywhere.  Names they’ve been given or have chosen themselves.  Most of all they write in and on subway trains which carry their names from one end of the city to the other.  It’s called bombing … Graffiti writing in New York is a vocation … to some it’s art.  Style Wars, 1983 

 

In the 1970s New York graffiti, rapping and breaking became the prime expression of a new young people’s subculture called hip-hop.  Graffiti is the written word.  ibid.

 

 

Hip-hop is the streets.  Hip-hop is a couple of elements that comes from back in the days … that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you.  It speaks to your livelihood and its not compromised.  Its blunt.  Its raw, straight off the street  from the beat to the voice to the words.  Nas

 

 

Well, hip-hop is what makes the world go around.  Snoop Dogg

 

 

I guess hip-hop has been closer to the pulse of the streets than any music weve had in a long time.  Its sociology as well as music, which is in keeping with the tradition of black music in America.  Quincy Jones

 

 

Hip-hop is a voice for voiceless poor people.  Russell Simmons

 

 

Hip-hop is about the brilliance of pavement poetry.  Michael Eric Dyson

 

 

Public Enemy is the security of the hip-hop party.  Chuck D

 

 

While the patriarchal boys in hip-hop crewa may talk about keeping it real, there has been no musical culture with black men at the forefront of its creation that has been steeped in the politics of fantasy and denial as the more popular strands of hip-hop.  Bell Hooks, We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity

 

 

I said a hip-hop
Hippie to the hippie
The hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it out
Bubba to the bang bang boogie, boobie to the boogie
To the rhythm of the boogie the beat.

 

Now, what you hear is not a test I’m rappin’ to the beat

And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet

See, I am Wonder Mike, and I’d like to say hello

To the black, to the white, the red and the brown

The purple and yellow, but first, I gotta.

Bang bang, the boogie to the boogie

Say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie

 

Let’s rock, you don’t stop

Rock the rhythm that’ll make your body rock

Well so far you’ve heard my voice but I brought two friends along

And the next on the mic is my man Hank

C’mon, Hank, sing that sing, check it out.  The Sugarhill Gang, Rapper’s Delight

 

 

‘When I was ready I gave a party and that’s when I first introduced the scratch.’  Scratch, Grand Wizard Theodore, 2001

 

1982: Busy Bee and Grand Wizard Theodore: Wild Style.  ibid.

 

 

Rapping, scratch and breaking shaking success of hip-hop is in the making.  Beat This! A Hip Hop History, DJ, 1984

 

What McLaren saw was called hip-hop: energy in motion.  ibid.

 

The true story begins in devastation, bad housing, gang wars.  ibid. 

 

The adopted father of the hip-hop generation: Izulu Africa Bambaataa.  ibid.  

 

To the streets where artists take a chance and the Bronx where young men on the go paint trains and walls like Picasso.  ibid.

 

 

‘Suge Knight stands in front of me with a gun in his waistband.’  Facing Suge Knight s1e4, National Geographic 2016

 

‘Accused of a fatal hit and run.’  ibid.  news

 

‘He was a deviant.’  ibid.  friend

 

‘That was basically the demise of our marriage: Suge was out of control.’  ibid.  ex-wife    

 

 

London 2004: ‘Yo, our names Silibil n Brains from Huntington Beach, California.  We’re going to rock this show.’  Storyville: The Great Hip Hop Hoax, on stage, BBC 2013

 

‘The moment we said we’re from California that was it: we had the crowd.’  ibid.

 

 

‘Grime was about my reality through music.  As long as it is at 140 bpm it was Grime.’  Storyville: 8 Bar: The Evolution of Grime, BBC 2023

 

‘It’s very aggressive.  It’s very fuck-the-system.’  ibid.

 

‘It’s just such a part of our story now.  Such a part of culture.’  ibid.  

 

 

 

But rest assured the words, phrases and images such as Ass!   Booty!  Yo, bitch!  Bush is a dickhead!  Big butt women in tiny bikinis! will not be used without warrant or in any gratuitous manner.  Fear of a Black Hat 1993 starring Rusty Cundieff & Larry B Scott & Mark Christopher Lawrence & Kasi Lemmons & Rose Jackson & John Singleton & Spike Lee & M C Hammer & Vanilla Ice & Salt n Pepa & Queen Latifah et al, director Rusty Cundieff   

 

A year in the life of the rap group NWH [Niggaz With Hats]: Tone Def, Tasty Taste & Ice Cold.  ibid.  caption  

 

The controversial and never released Kill Whitey album.  ibid.  Nina Blackburn  

 

Ice Cold: My Peanuts.  ibid.

 

‘That’s what NWH is all about: we got a whole hat philosophy.’  ibid.

 

They released Guerrillas in the Mist uncut.  ibid.

 

 

They were the biggest rap group on the planet and the most controversial.  They sold millions of records preaching pro-black politics in a predominantly white country … The self-proclaimed prophets of rage who opened the eyes of a generation to black struggle.  Public Enemy: Prophets of Rage, BBC 2011

 

The public enemy members grew up within a few miles of each other in the small town of Roosevelt … They all grew up in the sixties and shared a passion for politics.  ibid.

 

The Bomb-Squad’s ground-breaking production centred on the sampler.  ibid.    

 

‘Terminator X brought to the group a style that no other DJs had.’  ibid.

 

Bad relations between Flav and Griff were a continuing problem.  ibid. 

 

 

That’s what I do.  I kill motherfuckers.  Get Rich or Die Tryin’ 2005 starring Curtis 50 Cent Jackson & Marc John Jefferies & Terrence Howard & Joy Bryant & Omar Benson Miller & Bill Duke & Viola Davis et al, director Jim Sheridan, opening scene

 

Everyone was in love with my mom.  So anyone could be my dad.  ibid.  commentary

 

After Tupac everybody wanted to be a gangsta/rapper.  ibid.  

 

I’m a gangsta, grandpa, and I’m proud of it.  ibid.  hero moves out

 

After three hours I gave up my career as a rapper and went back to selling Coke … it was like minimum wage.  ibid.

 

Crack made money, money made power and power made war.  We shot the Colombians and they shot us.  ibid.

 

 

Hip-Hop has exploited its urban roots to create a multi-billion-dollar business.  In the process taking advantage of its ties to another industry: drugs.  Drugs Inc s7e2: Hip Hop High, National Geographic 2015    

 

Ecstasy has acquired a bad rap among hip-hoppers.  ibid.  

 

Syrup = Promethazine & Codeine is an opiate-based cough syrup.  ibid.

 

 

Do the Right Thing (1989): hip-hop score was in itself revolutionary but the movie was much more than a soundtrack.  Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us II: Black Film is Not a Genre, Netflix 2018 

 

 

One sound dominates popular music and that’s hip-hop … Hip-Hop didn’t just make you wanna move, it also made us think  David Harewood, Get on Up: The Triumph of Black America II, BBC 2023

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