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Hip-Hop Culture

What does Hip-Hop mean? Is it the music with a chest-thumping beat? The rapid-fire lyrics rapped into a handheld mic? Gravity-defying dance steps? Writers turning walls into canvases with larger-than-life letters and illustrations? The answer is all of the above—and more. Hip-Hop embraces these artistic elements, most definitely. But it also has blended and transcended them to become a means for seeing, celebrating, experiencing, understanding, confronting, and commenting on life and the world. Hip-Hop, in other words, is a way of living—a culture.

KC Festival
Hip-Hop has emerged to express the hopes, fears, styles, and dreams of a generation
Video Series
DJ Kuttin Kandi walks students through the history of DJing and shows them how to get started with the art of Turntablism
Series
Hip-hop is global, lapping on every shore and landing at every airport. But what does Hip-Hop mean?
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The story behind the ultimate 3-D dance
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The magic behind the beat
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MCing and rapping get the mic
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Outlaw artists leave their mark on the city
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Fresh ideas take classic forms
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Fresh ideas unite and explore
Video Series
Members of Full Circle Productions demonstrate different types of hip-hop dance and music
Video Series
Follow Venezuelan hip-hop dancers as they tour Philly, NYC and DC
Video Series
Young slam-poets perform at the Kennedy Center, with Hip Hop giants Questlove and Black Thought
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“Alphabetical Engineer” Danny ‘Dan-One’ Polonco talks about graffiti art form as a means for self-expression
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What happens when Turkish hip-hop dancers travel to the United States on a modern dance exchange program?
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Students research contemporary songs (alternative, country, metal, pop, rap, and rock music) to study current social issues
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September 25, 1968: Will Smith is born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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