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music questions

  • This project will be no less than five pages, and no more than ten pages in length.
  • The student will conduct research concerning a type of musical tradition; this music could be a musical tradition that was covered in the course, or that was not covered in the course.
  • Research projects must utilize 5 sources outside of any readings or media presented in the class. At least four of these sources must be bibliographic, archival, or scholastic; utilizing pertinent readings and media presented throughout the course is encouraged, but should be used in conjunction with the student’s research.
  • The student should use the research conducted as a means to explore, confirm, problematize, or dispute discussions of that musical tradition presented in the course (if it was covered) or elsewhere (if it was not covered in the course). Students are welcome—and encouraged—to present contrasting views, experiences, and analysis in their projects as long as these are done in a coherent, efficient, and well-researched manner.
  • Use of musical terminology, concepts, ethnomusicological frameworks, theories, and approaches as discussed in the course are a must for successfully completing this project.


*****Rubric  below******




Research Question/Topic

-How does hip-hop support African American culture and heritage?


Interviews (were all asked question above)


Interview #1-Well I feel as though since the music industry was made by African-Americans in the first place, it can sometimes be hard to hold up to the standard they’ve already set as other cultures happen to tap into the music industry. For years though hip-hop has been something that we’ve been able to call ours and it’s moved from being a music genre to a type of dance to clothing all of the above. I feel like it supports because it’s that one thing we’re doing so well in, no matter who you ask or what country you go to.


Interviewer #2- Hip hop supports African American culture and Heritage because it essentially is African American culture, And it’s simply a part of our heritage. It’s a reflection of our lives and struggles. Hip hop gives our culture a voice. it’s allowed other races to hear us, hear what we have to say, give him the closest feeling they’ll ever get to being black or cultured. hip-hop is known to have started in the Bronx but is a part of and speaks to a long line of cultural traditions.Hip hop is more than music its influence cultures around the world.


Interviewer #3- Several genres of music, hip-hop, specifically emerged from Black Culture. In part, Hip-Hop was a response to black people in their socioeconomic status in America. Hip-Hop allowed black people to express themselves and gave them a creative outlet that was unique to their culture.Wow beatboxing and rhymes were captivating, the lyrics told stories and experiences of black people. The words were filled with emotion and the lyrics had meaning. Hip hop lyrics gave a message, but the concept of hip-hop spoke a message within itself. The notion that African-Americans could find Joy despite their conditions. Despite how African-Americans were disrespected, ridiculed and discriminated against, they were still able to express themselves through hip-hop and make the most of their situation. Hip-hop is a subtle  form of resistance against oppression and has greatly supported African American culture.



Interviewer #4-