Part 1: Read the following different pairs of definitions of “hip hop” from various sources (some definitions are intentionally provocative).
|What is hip hop?|
|“Hip Hop is still fundamentally an art form that traffics in hyperbole, parody, kitsch, dramatic license, double entendres, signification, and other literary and artistic conventions to get its point across.” Michael Eric Dyson, scholar (Dyson 2007: xvii)||“Hip-Hop does not make it exceptionally endearing to me by the attitude that the menfolk have towards the women. It’s very difficult to hold your head up with dignity when guys are looking at you like you just some b*tch or a hoe. It’s not exactly a fun kind of subculture for the women. It’s all good for the men that get to be machismo and posture and strut about, that’s all good. But the ladies…it’s very hard.” Lady Pink, graffiti writer (quoted in Aqua)|
|“Hip-hop was born in New York City in the mid-1970s as a vehicle for inner-city youth to throw parties on their blocks and at area clubs, and for them to make money as DJs and promoters.” Kevin Powell, writer (Powell)||“According to one ex-high Satanist, it is identical with the voodoo chants and rituals used within Satanism to summon up demons of lust and violence.” Jack Chick, Battle Cry newspaper (Small 1992: 4)|
|“Hip and Hop is more than music
Hip is the knowledge
Hop is the movement
Hip and Hop is intelligent movement” KRS-One and Marley Marl lyrics to song “Hip Hop Lives”
|“Hip-hop, everybody’s allowed to come in it, because it’s a street thing. I heard someone say, ‘Frank Ocean hip-hop artist.’ He is, hip-hop loves Frank Ocean, he’s our brother, but [he’s not a hip-hop artist]. Miguel is not a hip-hop artist. Trey Songz is not a hip-hop artist. They’re singers.” Nas (Bené Viera)|
|” Hip Hop music is made from black, brown, yellow, red, white—whatever music that gives you the grunt, that funk, that groove or that beat. It’s all part of hip hop.” Afrika Bambaataa, DJ (Davy D)||“Hip-hop is about youth and the young at heart.” Kool Herc, DJ (Mao 2013: 66)|
Part 2: Drawing on 2-4 of the definitions provided above and chapters 1-5 of our textbook Rap and Hip Hop Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) complete the following 4 steps which contain strict guidelines and some (semi-open ended) questions to develop an argument to help you explain the different ideas community members and media critics have about “hip hop.”
Your write-up should be about 1,000 words total (only 10% more or less will be accepted without penalty; double-space; font 12). You will also include a work cited page (see NOTE 3 below).
Things to keep in mind.
NOTE 1: When a text is quoted or paraphrased, you must cite the page number parenthetically. For example:
According to Keyes, the concept of rapping in hip hop can be traced from “African bardic traditions to black oral expressive forms of the South” (2002:39), implying that…
NOTE 2: Good writing is important. UNDISCLOSED POINT DEDUCTION for papers that have not been proofread. Use spellcheck and grammar check and/or go to the writing tutorial services on campus: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/
NOTE 3: While we provide the sources for this assignment it is good practice to demonstrate you know how to cite your sources properly. If you use an outside source (lyrics from rap.genius.com, a quote from the film Style Wars, etc.), you must include it in your work cited page. Need help with the Works Cited page? Take a look at MLA Style Guide online: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
NOTE 4: Anticipate problems with server or Wi-Fi connection or any of life’s unexpected events. There is a generous window period to get this short assignment accomplished. Get your work done early. I recommend submitting as early as possible so that you can check your Canvas folder and see your document and date of submission. No Excuses!!! You will/can receive a receipt from CANVAS.
NOTE 5: Emails sent to me with your paper attached or a screen capture of the date you completed the essay but did not submit it will be deleted.
NOTE 6: I will post grades within a week.
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