Unit 1 Hip-Hop Music and Culture: Historical and Social Context
The South Bronx

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INTRODUCTION

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ARTISTS

BULLETIN BOARD

COURSE INFO

GLOSSARY

IMAGES

LINKS

PERSPECTIVES

SONGS

TIMELINE

URAP

RAP MUSIC HOME



ANY PROBLEMS?

“We use to break up the monotony of all the tension building
up in the neighborhood. ‘Cause there was a lot of times where
the only event that everyone had was gangs.  Before we were
on radio, we would hold  parties in the park, and hold ‘em
hostage, and make ‘em have a good time.” Flavor Flav
UNIT 1 OBJECTIVE: What were the social, economic 
and political conditions that gave birth to hip-hop culture?

Weekly activities: What do I need to know before class?
Question 1
Who were the primary ethnic groups who lived in the South Bronx prior to and after WWII?

Lomax, Alan & Diego Carpitella  Oh Marie (Italian)
The Chieftains "When a Man's In Love" (Irish)
Tucker, Richard & Sholom Secunda "Koi Omar" (Jewish)
Hansel "Entren Que Caben Mil" (Puerto Rican)
Question 2
What conditions contributed to the rise of gangs in the inner cities during the post-WWII era? 


Living for the City (1973)
Question 3
How does gang violence underscore the emergence of hip-hop culture? 
Question 4
What were the cultural components of Bambaataa's social club that became the foundation for hip-hop culture? 

Question 5
Identify the contribution of DJs Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash to the development of hip-hop music.
Question 6
How did the rhyme and mixing battles of the DJs in the South Bronx contribute to the rise of MCs?
Question 7
What are the social and cultural functions of rap music and hip-hop culture in general?
 
Audio Resources
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force

Planet Rock
Big Jay McNeely & Band

Deacon's Hop
Cultural Diversity of the South Bronx

Lomax, Alan & Diego Carpitella  Oh Marie (Italian)
The Chieftains "When a Man's In Love" (Irish)
Tucker, Richard & Sholom Secunda "Koi Omar" (Jewish)
Hansel "Entren Que Caben Mil" (Puerto Rican)
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five

The Message  (1988)

Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel

Hansel

Entren Que Caben Mil
from Salsa Party Volume 2 (1995)
Lomax, Alan & Diego Carpitella 

Oh Marie
from Arkology (1997)
The Chieftains

When a Man's In Love
from Boil the Breakfast Early (1979)

Tucker, Richard & Sholom Secunda

Koi Omar
from Passover Seder Festival (1962)
Wonder, Stevie

Living for the City (1973)
     
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