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Thanks to “Fresh Air” on NPR Weekdays 1 and 7 p.m. on OPB In their own words Rap and the hip-hop culture African Roots of Rap Emphasis on rhythmic momentum and creativity Preference for complex tone colors and dense textures (were do we hear this before?)

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Thanks to “Fresh Air” on NPR

Weekdays 1 and 7 p.m. on OPB

In their own words

Rap and the hip-hop culture


African Roots of Rap

  • Emphasis on rhythmic momentum and creativity

  • Preference for complex tone colors and dense textures (were do we hear this before?)

  • Appreciation of improvisational skill (like what genre?)

  • Toasting developed from trickster stories of West Africa


Early rap

  • Neighborhoods

  • Break Beats

  • DJs

  • MCs

  • Mixing and scratching


Cool Herc

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4821646


Rapper’s Delight

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4823677


The Message

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4821652


Run D.M.C.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4823680

“You Be Illin’”

“Walk This Way”


Chuck D and Public Enemy

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4823686


Gansta

Ice Cube

Ice T

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4824700

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4824690


  • How did hip-hop begin? What was it about? What were its roots?

  • What are the elements of hip-hop?

  • Why is “The Message” significant?

  • What are the hallmarks of Run D.M.C’s sound? What makes them significant in music business?

  • What defines Public Enemy’s sound? What defines their lyrics?

  • What defines the west coast gangsta style?


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