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Intro to American Hiphop By Region: East Coast
The West African and African American oral traditions of the “Black Atlantic,” as post-colonial studies scholar Paul Gilroy has termed it, are part of a diverse set of folk cultural systems organized around a loosely based framework of shared aesthetics. Hiphop is one of countless musical traditions born out of this historical and cultural milieu. An ever-changing system of sounds, sites, and aesthetics shaped by specific places, times, events and regions, what we have come to term “hiphop” is a complex system of musical genres that have played a defining role in musical, political, and popular culture from the 1970s to today. In this unit, students will be given a basic introduction to hiphop via the traditions of the East Coast, including hiphop’s birth and development in the Bronx and the musical innovations of, among others, Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa.
The New Orleans Hiphop Sound: Block Parties, Brass Bands, and Second-lines
New Orleans hiphop and bounce are diverse musical genres directly and mutually influenced by sustained interaction with a myriad of other New Orleans artistic forms, including brass bands, Mardi Gras Indian music and chants, street parades/block parties, and second-line music and culture, among others. In this unit, we provide conclusions to this course while studying examples of the fluid interaction between these disparate forms of community celebration and art.
Intro to American Hiphop By Region: West Coast
Born from African American aesthetic traditions of the South and developed in the Bronx and greater New York City into a full-blown popular musical and cultural art form, in the 1980s hiphop began to spread like wildfire around the country and around the globe. This unit continues an exploration of the basics of hiphop, including what are usually referred to as hiphop’s “five founding elements”: MCing, b-boying, beatboxing, DJing, and graffiti art. Taking on the West Coast as this unit’s region of study, students will learn about the rise of so-called “gangsta rap,” the birth of Death Row Records, G-funk, and the historical events that informed the music, including the Watts Riots of 1965.
Intro to American Hiphop By Region: Dirty South
Although the series of cultural and musical events leading up to the concretization of what we now call “hiphop” began in the Bronx and other New York City boroughs, the West African diasporic/African American oral traditions and aesthetics that informed the development of this musical tradition began in the American South. The Dozens, toasts, jump-roping games, ring-shouts, and other distinctly African American traditions born from the South all played roles in the greater development of hiphop as a musical genre. In this unit, students will learn the basics of Southern hiphop and will gain an understanding of the places, events, important artists – Goodie Mob, OutKast, Three-6 Mafia, UGK – and genres – crunk, Miami bass, New Orleans bounce, Houston chopped & screwed – that informed it.
Buck Jump Time: New Orleans Rap
Of the countless rural and city centers that informed the rise of hiphop in the American South – Houston, Memphis, Miami, Atlanta – perhaps one of the most fascinating hiphop centers in the South is New Orleans. From Congo Square to its distinction as the birthplace of jazz, since its founding New Orleans has been a pivotal African diasporic center and home to vibrant and influential musical and cultural traditions. Often called the northern-most point of the Caribbean rather than the southern-most point of America, New Orleans’ history has been fundamentally shaped by its cultural proximity and interaction with the Caribbean and, by extension, West…