ctcs464nov29 - CTCS 464 November 29, 2007 Hip Hop and it's...

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CTCS 464 November 29, 2007 - Hip Hop and it’s relationship to basketball - How competition in the culture works in a positive sense - When one is successful, ‘Ballin’, 8-Ball -> eighth, ‘Game’ -> (the rap game, the dope game) - For young urban black men, they are engaged in a game of chance - Spoken Word, oral tradition, long been a sense of competition, verbal word play - Signifying -> individuals moving from rural economy to an industrial economy (70’s south to north for black Americans), a number of these individuals were not considered fit for a factory, or chose not to be part of a factory environment. Start to develop urban culture - Rural south rural open spaces where people can gather, in the north, the Streets, open public spaces - Cipher -> If you aren’t given a job, you spend most of your time in the streets. A lot of these urban black men began to develop a coded way of speaking, so that if they were overheard by a cop or some other powerful white figure, they wouldn’t know what they were talking about - The Blues (music)-> romantic relationships inserted in place of listing authority figures - Signifying (the act of) -> street poets, who would engage in very elaborate tales that involved hyperbole, speaking in a coded language, did so in a very stylistic way, it would be a competition - Shine and the Titanic, from the perspective of a black man who’s working in the boiler room, this was a story they made up, like an urban folk tale. Shine goes to the captain of the ship, “captain captain, don’t you know there’s a thousand aejksjadjsakdjsd” they made it all rhyme and stuff - Story changed dimensions with each person telling it - Dolemite (Character) -> Rudy Ray Moore. Made albums, called “blue records”, because they were sexually explicit, excessively vulgar, intended for adults. Moore always had some sexually explicit image on his covers. Represents the epitome of underground folk culture. He also did several movies, Human Tornado - He is like sort of the last poets, what he did set in motion would become hip hop culture - Big Daddy Kane, did a track with dolemite, battle. Who rhymes the best, whos most creative/ original, like a boxing match - Track: Big Daddy Kane versus Dolemite - Jay-Z + Nas Beef, how on the tracks that they do together it sounds like they are being competitive, brings the best out of them, - Back in 2000, “King of New York” who was the best rapper of new york, BIG had been murdered, Rakim was no longer in the game, Nas had not really done anything to the level of illmatic, jay-z is trying to get the title, releases an album every year. Records a diss song to nas ‘the Takeover’, produced by Kanye West, basically called out Nas, - Jay-Z started the beef,
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- Track: jay-z – the takeover - Nas response to the song -> “Ether” - Track: Nas – Ether - Jazzo – Hawaiian sophie - Competition working more in a positive aspect now, brings out the best in em - Hip hop and basketball, - Hip hop late 1970’s really starts to grow, parallel to the growth of American
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