The Roots of Hip Hop Teamwork!


Negro spirituals / Jazz / Spoken word at the origin of Hip Hop!

African music > used by the slaves during slavery (abolished in 1865)

no instruments except body ( clapping / tapping voice) / coded languages > outlawed / hidden / camouflage

Just like hip hop, coded languages and the ‘underground’ or subversive dimension is important.  > self-expression / rebellion

  • Spoken word

protest songs / today’s slam / drums / vocals

Gil Scott Heron = 1 of the 1st spoken word artists / during 1960s / 70s iin the US Civil Rights Movements > Self-expression / free speech + political statement” Be Black and Be Proud”

Explicit / Powerful lyrics

2 famous songs criticizing “White ” supremacy

The Revolution Will Be televised + Whiteys on the Moon

Vocab : Brass instruments (les cuivres) trumpets / saxophone / double bass

  • Jazz

comes from America ( New Orleans)

in the 1920S > Prohibition / Segregation > UNderground clubs and “Speakeasies”

Jazz > Blues + Negro Spirituals

Brass instruments (les cuivres) trumpets / saxophone / double bass / piano

singing / vocals

Improvisation / Free style / it was outlawed and under segregation > way to feel free

>> All 3 styles emerged from African American or Carribean people> as a way to express their voice and their identity.

>> Hip Hop is rooted in these styles

The ancestors of HipHop are Jazz, Negro Spirituals and Spoken Word

These styles are all related because of improvisation techniques. They all come from America but were created by African Americans / Carribeans. All artists are expressing themselves against slavery and then segregation and today against racism.Thanks to Hip Hop artists can express their identity. But their message didn’t always appeal to the government and because of their explicit lyrics some artists are outlaws and can’t express themselves legally.

“Hip Hop didn’t invent anything, it reinvented everything.” Inès disagrees / doesn’t agree because Hip Hop is a mix of a lot of genres thanks to mixing techniques such as scratching, crossfading, sampling on turntables so the music is not original / authentic. But / On the other hand, Julie agrees because it’s reinvention because it changes the original music by cuting some chunks / parts and reassembling everything, it creates a sound in its own way with its own identity.

They just need to remember to pay the copyrights!

1L class edited by Miss E.

ghetto blaster // attitude / lyrics // African American ²

He may talk about African culture / influence on Hip Hop / his music / from musical genre to cultural ‘revolution’ / movement.

http://kexp.org/learn/documentaries?docid=6#2

Audio document KEFP Bombaataa creates Cultures

– About Bombaataa

teenager in the streets of South Bronx / part of a community / tries to prevent gang violence

he graduated / he travelled to Afrika and came back a new man / started the Zulu Nation

– About Zulu Nation

positive / hopeful / peaceful > community power source

Peace Love UNity and Have Fun > motto (leur devise) / organize Block parties and nigh clubs sets. Bombaatas used to DJ. He tried to influence young people so they prefered to go to his parties instead of fighting . hanging out in the streets and dealing / gang turfs ( guerres de gang) / leave their colors at home

– About The Bronx & clubs

1st Hip Hop DJ in downtown in Manhattan : went crazy / they really liked it > they actually went to the uptown Bronx

– About people’s reactions (media / punk rockers)

people were crazy the music / media was nervous / scared of racial tensions / war zone

punk rockers like it > no violence

– About his music style

‘electric funk’ mix Kraftwerk + James Brown

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5 thoughts on “The Roots of Hip Hop Teamwork!

  1. Hello , I’d like to know where you took your documents from? I study this theme wih my students too (1ere) and I wanted to know if you would share (just the documents). I have a great final task with this theme if you’re interestd. Thanks . Mrs D

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  2. Hi! Thanks for the request!

    I got most of my ideas from a school book.
    http://es.calameo.com/read/00406184884946230c5c9
    and the resources from http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/what-is-hip-hop.shtml. (List of websites at the end)

    1 group of student = 1 music genre > to find the details I posted online
    Then recreate the groups so 1 group = 1 member of each music genre. > so they can find similarities & differences with Hip Hop.
    They should come up with ideas such as :
    ” All 3 styles emerged from African American or Carribean people> as a way to express their voice and their identity. >> Hip Hop is rooted in these styles The ancestors of HipHop are Jazz, Negro Spirituals and Spoken Word. These styles are all related because of improvisation techniques. … ”

    Class debate : Hip Hop didn’t invent anything, it reinvented everything.
    Then listening comprehension with Bombataa.

    Hope it helps!
    Id love to hear about your final task!

    PS: I might have sent this twice as the reply button in not always reliable, sorry!

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