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Unformatted text preview: Week 2 06/09/2007 16:11:00 ← ← Clive Cambell- DJ Kool Herc ← In the early days of hip-hop, DJ’s were the most important component in the burgeoning genre ← 4 elements: breakdancing, mc’ing (rapping), DJ’ing, graffiti They took what they had in their environment and turned it into their ‘canvas’ Rap is beginning to spread in the Bronx, but it remains localizes MC stands for both Master of Ceremonies or in hip-hop Microphone Controller Close connection with what is happening with Punk rock In 1979 Sylvia Robinson recognizes the scene developing around the NY street parties. She started a record label with Joey Robinson and was looking for rappers to sign to her label. As legend goes, Joey is in a pizza parlor when someone is rapping to Grandmaster Flash on tape—his name is Big Bank Hank. He goes to the studio with friends Wonder Mic and Master G with borrowed words- they record Rapper’s Delight. Starts Sugar Hill Records, recording Sugar Hill Gang. While in the NY scene they were hated on for not growing up in the tradition, for many it was the first time they were hearing hip-hop and it put hip-hop on the map. Sugar Hill Gang was so successful that Robinson signed a female counterpart to SHG called Sequence in 1979. One of the females was named Angie Beat, now known as Angie Stone (wrote for D’Angelo). Sugar Hill Gang came back with Apache. While lyrically it was “wack” it inspired later artists The ability to move the crowd and get a positive response from the audience gave you a rep as a top MC. The challenge is taking that energy and recording it. From the beginning, there was an argument in hip-hop circles about the authenticity of recording hip-hop. The problem of keeping it within circles is that it limits the culture from growth. ← First rapper to be signed to a major record label was a college student by the name of Curtis Blow who was managed by Russell Simmons (got in the game as a party promoter). Comes out with “Christmas Rapping” and “The Breaks”. Kool Herc realized that people would wait for when the band dropped out and the rhythm section would come in. DJ’s looked for these breaks in older records in order to extend the break. Week 3 06/09/2007 16:11:00 ← The ubiquity of Bill Cosby and the Cosby Show in the mid-80’s. Aired in the mid-80’s and quickly became the most popular show of its time. Featured an upper- middle class black household and lived in a very affluent area. Did not attempt to confront anything controversial and certainly nothing that is considered racial. confront anything controversial and certainly nothing that is considered racial....
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