1980’s Hip Hop Style

This week in Constellation, I have been learning about the Hip Hop Subculture. I have been looking at the case studies,

  • Do The Right Thing (Lee, 1989)

         Extract from : Kellner, D (1997) Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics in the          films of Spike Lee pp78-81.

        Reid, M (ed) (1997) Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, Cambridge,

  1. Whitley, Z (2011) Dressing Viciously: Hip-Hop music, fashion and cultural crossover
    Adamson, Pavitt (eds) (2011) Postmodernism. Style and Subversion 1970-1990. V&A publishing, London
  2. Introduction to Subcultures, objects and identity – key concepts

    Extracts from ;

    Clarke, S; Hall, S; Jefferson, T; Roberts, B (1975) Subcultures, Cultures and Class
    Gleder, K; Thornton, S (eds) (1997) The Subcultures Reader, Routledge, London pp100-111

    I have been looking at the subculture of hip hop and how the style re-signifies objects and dress, intensifies/ exaggerates a meaning and how recycling is used.

    The Hip Hop scene began in the areas of poverty in New York. It was synonymous with a black race identity. Graffiti was a huge part of the scene and the behaviour. Graffiti is illegal, however, Hip Hop used it as part of their identity, like an activist message. In this constellation lesson, I also learnt about afrocentrism and the fusion between afrocentrism and hip hop.

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    Run DMC

    Run DMC are a perfect example of hip hop style.



    An example of the fusion between afrocentrism and hip hop is Salt ‘n’ Pepa.

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    How Can the Subculture Hip Hop Link to My Practice?

    • Can be in influenced from anywhere.
    • Both Goth and Hip Hop take and borrow objects from the past or from other cultures (e.g.- Afrocentrism) and create new meanings (e.g.- Trilby hat).
    • Both subcultures alter meanings and functions to things (e.g.- sportswear and jewellery).
    • Afrocentrism was making pollitical statements swell as creating a fusion with the NYC cultures. It was not just about expressing yourself, it gave you a voice for your culture.
    • I have start to see things differently, in depth analysis.
    • Collage can work in look. Changing the meaning through a new context. Putting things that don’t belong, creating fusions (e.g.- African culture and American culture.

Author: emiliasfineartblog

BA (Hons) Fine Art Student studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University

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