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"The pluralistic form takes for me a stronger hold on reality than any other philosophy I know of, being essentially a social philosophy, a philosophy of 'co'"-William James
My topic is on hip hop, but more specifically
hip hop and philosophy. For those who do not know, hip hop is a cultural
movement that was formed during the 70s formed by young African American men
living in the Bronx, New York. Since its evolution it has spread to both urban
and suburban communities. It is both an old and new phenomenon. The culture has
revolved around the idea of taking classic records and updating them for modern
audiences. Hip hop is characterized by four different expressions of the
culture: rap music, turntablism, b-boying, and graffiti art. In my first
installment I will focus on graffiti art.
Graffiti art originated in the late 60s and has
been developing ever since. Graffiti in hip hop began as a way of “tagging” for
someone’s crew or gang. Since then, it has been villainized by people who have
authority and allegedly associated with drugs and violence. Graffiti represents
the visual part of the hip hop culture. The artists will take what they hear
from a song, and are able to bring the words to life. Graffiti still exists as
a major part of the urban environment. It provided the hip hop culture the
visual inspiration that encouraged other forms of creativity and expression. It
has become an international phenomenon expanding from its roots in New York, to
other major cities. Graffiti art, like hip hop, is a way of self expression. Without
it, it would be a little harder to imagine the stories that hip hop artists are
trying to tell.