I’ve been talking too much lately, so let’s hear from someone else for a while.
This is Dr Jared Ball talking to DaveyD over at his TV Channel.
He comes at this subject from a different perspective from the one that talks about Hip Hop as a form of ‘urban media’ via the conscious mouths of Public Enemy and KRS One, etc. Here Dr Ball talks about Hip Hop as a form of Mass Media in the larger sense, and how the movement has been consciously and unconsciously exploited – economically and psychologically.
This is a powerful 10 minute lecture that contains arguments that I would suggest can also be made about all other music genres and youth sub-cultures. More than only about Hip Hop, it is about the commercialisation of a cultural phenomena. But even though I say that, the important thing that makes Dr Ball’s argument so clear and relevant to Hop Hip is that it is a sub-culture that, for better or worse, has large influence of particular cultural groups, (and I say this with a heavy heart, as a child of Hip Hop).
Anyway, enough of what I think. Here’s DaveyD interviewing Dr Jared Ball.