Sunday, December 9, 2007

All Quiet on the Brooklyn Front
A Look at Old Skool Bronx

Well, its been quiet, finals are bulldozing through and I've spent most of my rockstar/partytime lost in various libraries and in every book known to man concerning the beginnings of hip-hop starting in the mid-70s and early 80s, some call this the true "old school." The music evolved on the streets of the Bronx as an alternative to street and gang violence, inspired by multiple music genres and cultures and spread by DJs at house and block parties. The Jamaican dancehall culture with their booming mobile sound systems were a great source of inspiration for early pioneers of hip-hop, what up, Dj Kool Herc! Starting as early as 1973, Kool Herc would plug his rigged sound system (made from old TV sets) into street lampposts and start spinning old school jams, sampling a bit of funk, jazz, R&B and blues. His sister would throw house parties charging 25 cents for the ladies and 50 cents for the gentlemen, it's nice to know we still get in cheaper! The party favors: malt liquor and 40oz beers, my kind of party. The parties would be about dancing, something, I've been feeling nostalgic for, not exactly the b-boy/girl parties of the late 70s and 1980s, but the parties I knew so well in the 90s.

When is dance coming back and what has happened to Hip-Hop? I have this theory that if everyone started wearing baggier clothes, dance will come back, you really can't move in cigarette jeans and concerning Hip-Hop, well, it's interesting to see how it has transcended America and has become a global phenomena, but where's the future? Bling and violence, booty and sex? I hope not . . .

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