Speakers’ Club April 20, 2019 Hip Hop


Word Crimes:

2020 News Program 1981 documentary:

Hip Hop Evolution trailer:

1979 First known rap hit:

1980 Blondie’s Rapture: First rap song on MTV

1981 The Beastie Boys form “You Gotta Fight (for your right to party)”

1983 Ice T and gansta rap

1987 Public Enemy politically charged intro album

1988 NWA “Straight Outta Compton”

A Tribe called Quest, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Grandmaster Flash, 2 Live Crew, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Ice cube, LL Cool J, Sir Mix-A-Lot,

The Death of a Culture:

  • Nipsey Hussle: Age 33, shot in 2019, He owned several businesses in L.A.’s Crenshaw District and, according to the Los Angeles Times, was known to employ struggling residents, many homeless, and once gave a pair of shoes to every student at a nearby elementary school. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/r-p-nipsey-hussle-another-favorite-rappers-gone-far-young-230748072.html
  • XXXtentacion: Age 20, shot in 2018.
  • Phife Dawg: Age 45, diabetes in 2016, member of A Tribe Called Quest.
  • MCA: Age 47, cancer in 2012, member of the Beastie Boys.
  • Guru: Age 48, cancer in 2010, member of Gang Starr.
  • J Dilla: Age 32, cardiac arrest in 2006.
  • Jam Master Jay: Age 37, shot in 2002, Run DMC.
  • Lisa Left-Eye Lopes: Age 30, car crash in 2002, TLC
  • Big L: Age 24, shot in 1999.
  • Notorious B.I.G.: Age 24, shot in 1997.
  • Tupac: Age 22, shot in 1996.
  • Scott La Rock: Age 25, shot in 1987.

“Accidental overdoses having claimed the lives of Mac Miller (26), Pimp C (33), Kriss Kross’s Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly (34) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard (35).”

“N.W.A. member Eazy-E (31) perished from complications due to AIDS in 1995. Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy (42) died from complications related to sickle-cell anemia. ig Pun (28), Nate Dogg (41) and Craig Mack (47) all had heart failure. For MC Breed (37), it was kidney failure. Three 6 Mafia co-founder Lord Infamous (40) died of a heart attack. Heavy D (44) suffered from heart disease and died from a blood clot in his lungs. Like Phife Dog, Tim Dog (46) died from complications related to diabetes.”

“Neglected neighborhoods rarely offer viable healthcare or affordable healthy food options.”

Above quotes taken from Nipsey Hussle op-ed cited above.

Inner city, systemic racism, poverty

See something similar in history of women writers from late 1800s.

Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing according to Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith:

History of Rap according to Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake:

Difference between Hip Hop and Rap according to Ebony: https://www.ebony.com/entertainment/the-difference-between-rap-hip-hop-798/

Vocabulary and history: https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/music-hip-hop.htm

Run DMC: