Due: Wednesday July 1
by 5pm via Blackboard Papers will be considered late after 5pm. E-mailed assignments will not be accepted.Your assignment is to write a three [not 2 pages plus 2 sentences] to five page paper in response tothe article “
“Hiphop Turns 30 Whatcha celebratin' for?”
By Greg Tate which appeared in the Village Voice on January 4, 2005.Your response should be in the form of a succinct essay which incorporates all of the required
You should not write about what you do or don’t agree with, sentence by sentence or paragraph byparagraph. Rather, you should,
identify broad themes
(no more than 3) within the article anddemonstrate your understanding of course readings, discussion and lecture in crafting yourresponse.I have provided a few guiding points which may help in defining the specific topic you wish torespond to. In addition,
your essay should discuss the notion of Hip-Hop as culture
and its place within the dominant (majority) US culture, as well as Black culture.
You must alsodefine Hip-Hop in its first occurrence in the essay
. You may choose a definition used inclass or research one of your own.You must use APA citation in this essay.Your paper should be double spaced with standard
inch margins. You will be graded on content,not length.You should be proud of this paper when done. Therefore, typos, cross-outs, poor grammar orsyntax, emotional (rather than factual) arguments, and poor flow (transition between sentences,paragraphs, topics) should all be elements foreign to your final paper.
(each can be considered a theme)
Do you agree with Tate’s eulogy of true Hip-Hop versus the ‘populist art form’ most arefamiliar with?
“True hiphop headz tend to get mad when you don't separate so-called hiphop culture from thecommercial rap industry, but at this stage of the game that's like trying to separate the cultureof urban basketball from the NBA, the pro game from the players it puts on the floor.”
“Hiphop may have begun as a folk culture, defined by its isolation from mainstream society, but being that it was formed within the America that gave us the coon show, its folksiness was born tobe bled once it began entertaining the same mainstream that had once excluded its originators. “