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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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 origins of hip hop

The origins of hip hop
Inside Kool Herc’s parties
When we hear “hip-hop” or “rap” (we hardly hear just one of those term separately, because of their common origins), we talk about a musical and cultural phenomenon that covers at least five decades, now consolidated as a real music trend: Kanye West, Jay-Z and before them Eminem, Dr. Dre, [...]

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Steinski: Lesson #1

Steinski: Lesson #1
Hip Hop History Month
Io e il mio amico Double Dee andavamo da mesi ogni weekend in un club chiamato The Roxy dove ci divertivamo un mondo. Nello stesso periodo promuovevo serate reggae dance hall, a Brooklyn. Double Dee lavorava in uno studio di registrazione dove si producevano spot pubblicitari per etichette discografiche. Un [...]

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Charlie Ahearn su Wild Style

Charlie Ahearn su Wild Style
35th Anniversary
Per il trentacinquesimo anniversario di Wild Style ripropongo un estratto di una mia intervista con Charlie Ahearn. Attivo nella scena artistica underground newyorkese sin dalla metà degli anni Settanta, Charlie Ahearn ha iniziato la sua carriera di fotografo e regista nel collettivo artistico Co-Lab Collective impegnato nella creazione di Artivism, produzioni [...]

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From Urban Planning to Hip Hop

From Urban Planning to Hip Hop
From The Hip-Hop Architect.
Life in the so-called inner city has always been a major theme in hip-hop. From the desolate state of the Bronx Projects described in Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” to the poor conditions in parts of Brooklyn and Queens recounted by artists like Jay Z, Biggie, and Nas, rappers have used [...]

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The Story Of Hip-Hop’s Creation

The Story Of Hip-Hop’s Creation
Re-Examined By Some Of Its Pioneers
Last night (November 2), Crazy Legs, founder of the Rock Steady Crew, shared a video on his Facebook. At the pioneering B-Boy’s home, a gathering took place of Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, and the Universal Zulu Nation co-founder’s Amad Henderson. Writing that the discussions are “a work in progress,” Crazy Legs told [...]

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Bomb Da City

Bomb Da City
Rebel Writing Operation
Breve contributo scritto per la pubblicazione Rebel Writing Operation, volume indipendente pubblicato dal CS Cantiere. “Tra gli elementi associati alla cultura hip hop, il graffiti writing è di sicuro il più antiestablishment, quello che maggiormente esprime un senso di ribellione allo status quo. In quei giorni, ci intrufolavamo nella linea metropolitana [...]

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Unstoppable@HipHopArchive

Unstoppable@HipHopArchive
Film Screening & Discussion
The Birth of Hip Hop in the South Bronx in The 1970s is no Secret... Few know the effect it had on the 1980's British Society.   Unstoppable portrays the creative shockwave through the words of those who initiated it. B-boys, MCs, graffiti writers, Djs, producers, Journalists and label managers tell the story [...]

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Travel Back To 1983

Travel Back To 1983
When Hip-Hop Was Played On Radio
Thirty-two years ago, Hip-Hop was emerging on a host of record labels large and small. However, while these 12″ singles and pioneering albums may have been party highlights, and closely examined in the clubs, the bedrooms, and the subsequent tapes made, they were not often heard on radio—especially at daytime. The [...]

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