Welcome to our class, Film and Hip Hop.
Jeff Chang sets the stage for hip hop’s origins in the late 1970s, the Bronx.
The ways that events are presented by the media profoundly shapes their meanings.
From the beginning, hip hop challenged the dominant frames used to define people and communities.
DJing, Bboying, MCing, and Graffiti Writing
Wild Style is the earliest film to document hip hop’s four elements.
In this first reading from our textbook Decoded, Jay-Z remembers Brooklyn in the 1970s.
A BBC documentary does a good job of grounding rap music within hip hop’s earliest forms of expression.
Hollywood films made by, for, and about African Americans thrived for a brief time in the early 1970s.
Isaac Hayes won multiple Grammys and an Oscar for Shaft‘s soundtrack.
Ron O’Neal’s portrayal of Youngblood Priest creates one of Blaxploitation’s most charismatic antiheroes.
[E]very great rapper is not just a documentarian, but a trickster…. — Jay Z (Decoded, 55)
Without Rudy Ray Moore, there would be no Snoop Dogg, and that’s for real. —Snoop Dogg (2006)
Ice Cube starred, produced, and co-wrote the script for this “stoner buddy comedy” film.
Hong Kong cinema made a central contribution to hip hop’s early ethics and aesthetics.
New York’s b-boy culture celebrates discipline, loyalty, and mastery.
Acknowledged as one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, 36th Chamber had a huge impact on hip hop.
The importance of kung fu films is signaled by the group’s first album title, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
In Spring 2018, Exam 1 is available from Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25 at 10 p.m.
The crack epidemic and the “War on Drugs” heavily influenced hip hop’s early content and aesthetics.
The gangster film, a classic American genre, was re-envisioned for the millennium.
The most accomplished of 1990s “hood films,” Menace II Society is also one of the most bleak.
Among hip hop’s many icons, Tupac Shakur remains unique, in both music and cinema.
American Gangster differs in important ways from its antecedents
A documentary film offers a nice frame for our discussion of music, movies, and gender.
In the late 1980s NWA faced boycotts, censorship, and FBI threats. In 2015 their biopic became the nation’s number one film.
Though invisible in Straight Outta Compton, Dee Barnes remains an important part of hip-hop’s history.
One of the things this film is about: the proper role(s) for women within commercial hip hop’s gangster cinema and gangster rap.
In ways different and similar, two artists have made their mark in 21st-century commercial rap music.
While Beyond the Lights sets up an opposition between rap and R&B, a recent collaboration suggests kinship and solidarity.
From 2012, a reminder that hip hop means far more than just commercial rap music.