L’importanza di studiare l’hip hop

L’importanza di studiare l’hip hop
Original London Style su Rolling Stone
Una chiaccherata con Marta Blumi Tripodi su #hiphopstudies #nasfellowship e #originallondonstyle sulla pagina di Rolling Stone. Negli atenei americani è oramai una consuetudine. Nas, ad esempio, finanzia delle borse di studio. In Italia gli 'hip hop studies' sono invece in mano a ricercatori indipendenti. [...]

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Original London Style – Recensione

Original London Style – Recensione
Rumore - Giugno 2022
Recensione di Luca Gricinella sulle pagine di Rumore di Giugno 2022. [...]

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BEHIND SOME OF BIGGIE’S ICONIC PHOTOS

BEHIND SOME OF BIGGIE’S ICONIC PHOTOS
With Ernie Paniccioli
March 9 is a day the hip hop world stops and remembers the life and legacy of Christopher Wallace, known to the world as The Notorious B.I.G. For years, Ernie Paniccioli helped document the growth of hip hop as it rose from a new genre in music, to the world’s biggest [...]

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The Mask of Doom

The Mask of Doom
A nonconformist rapper’s second act.
I first heard the rapper Daniel Dumile (pronounced doom-ee-lay) when I was fourteen and hip-hop was just beginning to bloom. The music was not so much “CNN for black people,” as Chuck D would later dub it, as a lingua franca. I came up awkward in West Baltimore—a tall black boy [...]

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Disco King Mario

Disco King Mario
Forgotten Founding Father
By 1971, Disco King Mario was an eminent DJ in the Bronx.He was known for his superior sound system and his love for combining music and a good time. Mario came up during the era where you had to be tough enough to bring your equipment out, because of how prevalent gangs and violence were [...]

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From Basquiat to ‘Black Panther’

From Basquiat to ‘Black Panther’
How graffiti went mainstream
“Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” a brilliant exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, reveals the centrality of visual art to hip-hop’s thrilling beginnings. The show prompts fresh consideration of the origins of hip-hop and the “post-graffiti” movement, which saw the street artists who had transformed New York’s urban landscape [...]

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Un corto animato su Rosa Parks

Un corto animato su Rosa Parks
Paladina dei Diritti Civili
L'impegno di Rosa Parks nella lotta per i diritti civili degli afroamericani non si limitò allo storico gesto dell'autobus, quando la donna si rifiutò di cedere il suo posto a un uomo bianco. Un nuovo video animato racconta le imprese politiche e sociali di questa donna rivoluzionaria. [...]

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How Nina Simone Became Hip Hop’s “Secret Weapon”

How Nina Simone Became Hip Hop’s “Secret Weapon”
From Lauryn Hill to Jay Z and Kanye West
In 1996, the Fugees burst on the scene with “Ready or Not,” and most listeners were not ready: for the ominous, eclectic, Caribbean-inflected production, the smooth, sexy menace of Lauryn Hill’s hook (“you can’t hide / Gonna find you and take it slowly”), or the interplay of references in the [...]

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From a Bronx Party to a Global Force

From a Bronx Party to a Global Force
Hip Hop's History & Evolution
Many, many people with an internet connection, including yours truly, spent a fair amount of time on 11 August 2017 entranced by a Google Doodle. This wasn't your typical such creation, no short animation linking to a Wikipedia entry. This particular Doodle was a full-blown, interactive immersive into the world of [...]

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The story of the funky drummer:

The story of the funky drummer:
The most exploited man in modern music
  “Give the drummer some”, said the voice of funk soul pioneer James Brown as it rang out above his band on the 1967 recording of Cold Sweat. The drummer in question was Clyde Stubblefield who was said to be one of the most sampled and exploited musicians of all time. His playing on [...]

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