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This assignment asks you to answer two questions. What did the creators of hip-hop envision for the art form? Did it live up to their expectations by the end of the 1980s?
Process: Read the first nine chapters of Jeff Chang and Davey D’s Cant Stop Wont Stop, and the 1979-1985, 1987 and 1989 chapters of Shea Serranos The Rap Year Book. Using those readings, plus what youve learned in lecture and discussion, write an essay that answer the above two questions. (I have attached the second book as a source, will find a way to get you the other)
More specifically, you want to discuss how was hip-hop created, including both the musical innovations and social context for its creation. For example, when hip-hop became recorded music, especially as it became commercialized, how did it change? Consider how hip-hop both continued the artistic and social mission of hip-hops early pioneers, and how did it became something different.
In other words, take what you have learned from this material to explain how hip-hop develops between the early 1970s and the end of the 1980s in New York City (skip Los Angeles, for now). Then assess how the early innovators, and the social activists who surrounded them, might have seen both continuity and change – as music and a social force – by the end of the 1980s.
Requirements: Your essay should be between 1000 and 1250 words, or roughly 4-5, double-spaced pages. Include a word count at the end of the essay. Papers that exceed the limit by more than 10% will be penalized. It should be submitted in 12-point type, double-spaced, with conventional, one-inch margins.
It should have an introduction, thesis, conclusion and paragraphs typical of any other paper in the humanities. If you have questions about what this means, please ask your TA.
Remember, you are trying to convey your mastery of the course material. You want to express that you understand the main themes and history taught in the course.