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1 4 Elements 2 Help End Deficit Thinking Theodore S. Ransaw Ph.D. Males of Color Achievement Gap Specialist K-12 Outreach Michigan State University Twitter.com/Transaw

2 The Four Elements “Graffiti is the Black Sheep. B-boying is the bastard child of hip-hop. D-jaying is the loyal child who always does what it is told. Rap is the spoiled brat who is actually the youngest of the four” (Crazy Legs in Malone, 2003, p. 132). Hip-Hop isn’t something you do – it’s something you live! KRS-1

3 Graffiti Hip-hop started in the 1970s when a gang truce that included many of New York’s adolescents was in place. A local D-jay, Afrika Bambaattaa came up with the idea of repositioning adolescents’ anger away from gang disputes and into music, dance, and graffiti (Nelson, 2004, p. 45). The result was the emergence in neighborhoods of Harlem and the Bronx of groups such as the Rock Steady Crew, Bronx City Bombers, and Zulu Nation. I start to think and then I sink, into the paper like I was ink. When I’m writing, I’m trapped in between the lines, I escape when I finish the rhyme. Eric B & Rakim, I Know You Got Soul, Paid in Full, 1987

4 B-boying Subcultures form in communal and symbolic engagements with the larger system of late industrial culture; they're organized around, but not wholly determined by, age and class, and are expressed in the creation of styles. These styles are produced within specific historical and cultural "conjunctures;“ they are not to be read as simply resisting hegemony or as magical resolutions to social tensions - as earlier theorists had supposed. Rather subcultures cobble together (or hybridize) styles out of the images and material culture available to them in the effort to construct identities which will confer on them "relative autonomy" within a social order fractured by class, generational differences, work etc. Hebdige, 1979 I came to get down - So get out your seats and jump around jump around House of Pain, Jump Around 1992

5 D-jaying Punk, in particular, was a unique mixture of an avant-garde cultural strategy, marketing savvy and working-class transgression produced in the face of a section of British youth's restricted access to consumer markets. Hebdige, 1979 Reach and preach, through music I’ll teach. Doug E. Fresh All the Way to Heaven Oh My God!, 1986

6 M.C.-ing Katz and Earp (1999) assert that the phenomenon of hip- hop involves much more than the mere fact that White boys are imitating Black boys, and Black boys are not just copying Italian gangsters. What is really happening is that young boys and young men of all races are looking for representations of contemporary masculinity. Even Italian gangsters copied the first organized crime organization, Irish gangsters. All I hear is 'Lyrics, lyrics, constant controversy‘ - Sponsors workin' 'round the clock - To try to stop my concerts early - Surely hip-hop was never a problem in Harlem - Only in Boston - After it bothered the fathers of daughters startin' to blossom Eminem, White America, The Eminem Show 2002

7 Education clips "Education Over Incarceration"/Youngest Rapper Alive"4 yr old LOWERcase g-L.A.W." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4E91608vIw 44 Presidents- Educational Rap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoLcO0cDxwE&list=PLFC5CD599B5B269B6&index=9 "Prefixes, Suffixes, & Roots" Rap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOJrjNR7ZZM Teach Me How To Factor (WSHS Math Rap Song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFSrINhfNsQ&list=PLFC5CD599B5B269B6 The Presidential Election Process - An Educational Rap Video by Flocabulary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6avsQKngNk Educational Raps Rapping Math Teachers Long Division Video & Songs for Grades K-8 by Mr. Duey Teaching Character, Setting, and Plot with Raps Teaching about the Human Circulation System with Raps Flocabulary Beats, Rhymes & Science Using Hip-Hop to Learn U.S. History

8 References Hebdige, D. (1979). Subculture, the meaning of style, Routledge: New York. Katz, J., & Earp, J. (1999). Tough guise violence: Media and the crisis in masculinity [video recording]. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation. Malone, B. (2003). Chief rocka. The Source Magazine: The Magazine of Hip-Hop Music, Culture, Politics (15 th anniversary jumpoff), 167, Nelson, G. (2004). Hip-hop’s founding fathers speak the truth. In M. Forman & M. A. Neal (Eds.), That’s the joint! The hip-hop studies reader (pp ). New York: Routledge. Graffiti Style Wars Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6GbbFXxNpw B-boying/Girling Mr Freeze & Crazy legs( Flash Dance interview) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDIC6R0-rhw D-jaying/Turntableism Hip Hop Culture Class UNLV PT 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qF8-nftQdc M.C.-ing/Rap 4 minutes hip hop history by Eklips for Trace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0_2vmkTmf0 Visual Samples Graffiti B-Boying D-jaying All of the Above Hip-Hop Academy 4 elements 4 elements guru


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