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Examining Hip-Hop Culture | Features | Tavis Smiley | PBS

Examining Hip-Hop Culture | Features | Tavis Smiley | PBS | Hip-Hop Culture and Roots | Scoop.it
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       This article from PBS, titled "Examining Hip-Hop Culture" talks about the differences in rap music that are discussed in the the previous article. In the first sentence it proclaims that hip hop emerged in the Bronx in the 1970's, which is a myth that was debunked by Teresa N. Washington, Ph.D. Therefore, I did not find this major news network as credible, although the did quote underground artist such as Talib Kweli, who was referenced in the previous article. I found the interviews from some artists or professionals questionable, such as Nelly and LL Cool J, but I thought that the writer, Travis Smiley, did a good job providing insight to the culture. 

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Hip-Hop is for Everybody: Examining the Roots and Growth of Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop is for Everybody: Examining the Roots and Growth of Hip-Hop | Hip-Hop Culture and Roots | Scoop.it
Starting from humble roots, hip-hop has grown from the creative outlet of underrepresented black teenagers living in the South Bronx in the late 1970s to a highly successful commercialized business that in 2000 grossed over $1.8 billion in sales in...
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        Studentpulse.com also did spoke of the "beginnings" of hip-hip in the 70's, which was disproved in the initial post, but I enjoyed the credit the article gave to MTV towards the progression of the genre. It also has many citations, which gives the writer more credit in their statements. Lucien J. Flores, the author, graduated from Boston University in Film and TV, showing the focus on the broadcasting elements of hip-hop. This article also gave good information for readers interested in the development of the genre today.

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Nas on Finding Your Roots With Henry Gates

Nas on Finding Your Roots With Henry Gates | Hip-Hop Culture and Roots | Scoop.it
Nas was on the Finding Your Roots With Henry Gates. He learned that his great, great grandmother was sold for $830 and saw a photo of the man who bought her.
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I found this article on hiphopearly.com, which speaks of revolutionary star Nas, who shared his story of his great, great, great grandmother, who was forced to work until 1865 by a slave owner. The article referenced a PBS interview where he shared a receipt for his grandmother for $830.00, as well pictures of the plantation and the slave owner. This was extremely helpful towards the comprehension of the culture that created this form of music. The first hand sources provide evidence that is hard to find from that time period.

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My original source was titled Rapping with the Gods: Hip Hop as a Force of Divinity and Continuity from the Continent to the Cosmos, written by Teresa N. Washington, Ph.D. I found this source to be extremely credible because of the writer’s credentials, who has written several books and is an english teacher at Grambling State University. I retrieved this article from the EPSCOhost. This was published through the Journal of Pan African Studies. It spoke of the beginnings of rap music, called Raap in primitive African Culture. Passed down through the culture, the article speaks of the importance of keeping the spirituality and divine qualities to hip hop. This form of communication has been used for centuries to find inner peace and come in contact with spiritual entities. Finally, it talked of how this is missing in modern popular hip-hip, even though many have fought to keep it alive, emphasizing the importance of these qualities for the advancement of the genre.

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The Roots of Hip Hop

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      Titled "The Roots of Hip Hop", this article from RM Hip Hop Magazine does a great job talking of the integration of rap forms through jazz, soul, funk, soul, and R&B, until the time it blew up in the 70's. I found this source very insightful in learning about hip hop, and enjoyed it because it was written at the time the genre of music was expanding.

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