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MUSI 2520
Ron Nelson

Class 2:  Hip hop: “A movement expressed through artistic forms called Elements"  Rap is "something you do" whereas Hip Hop is "something you live" (culture)  4 Elements of Hip Hop: o Rapping o DJ'ing o Graffiti o Break/Street Dancing  Hip hop is an attitude. It's not mainstream. Hip Hop is the voice of a generation refusing to be silenced by o Urban Poverty o Inequality o Injustice  Almost everyone within the age range of 13-35 appreciates hip-hop in some form -- 80% of targeted group are Caucasian  Hip Hop's top earners o Jay Z, P-Diddy, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Eminem  The most political/social type of music  Several so called "fifth elements" of hip hop o Fashion o Beatboxing o Political Activism o Knowledge o Slang & Rope Skipping (double dutching)  Hip hop is a youth movement & it communicates emotion (expel aggression)  Rap music was born in the Bronx, New York City  In the 70's, NYC was full of crime, violence, & as a by-product; rap  Jamaica played a big role in developing hip hop  Early Traces of Rap: Skip Rope, cheerleading, military chants, jailhouse rhymes, speakers such as Martin Luther King
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