Wednesday, October 13, 2010

hip hop originated on the hippest trip...,

Video - Simpsons opening sequence directed by tagger Banksy. Fist tap Dale.

Old nerds gonna die unrecognized and unheralded for their many and sundry contributions to building and maintaining the arsenal 99.99% likely to usher in our species Great Filter. They don't even know how to talk to or solicit (much less maintain) the interest and enthusiasm of intermediate and younger generations in their very own community. So they get together and celebrate themselves in quiet, impotent, isolation. OTOH - the ghetto nerds who spawned their own open source culture out of the raw materials of poverty and creativity (rms hallmarks) have ushered in the most powerful, pervasive, and influential popular cultural expression and media in which that expression occurs of the entire 20th century. Hip Hop is celebrated and participated in worldwide. There's a reason for that, and old nerds to grasp - much less apply - the reason they've faded into obscure uselessness. Perhaps that's just their karmic comeuppance?

Wikipedia | Hip hop or Hip-Hop is an artistic culture that originated in the 1970s in New York City. DJ Afrika Bambaataa outlined the four pillars of Hip-Hop Culture: MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing.

Since first emerging in the South Bronx, Hip-hop culture has spread around the world. Hip-hop music first emerged with disc jockeys creating rhythmic beats by looping breaks (small portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables, more commonly referred to as sampling. This was later accompanied by "rap", a rhythmic style of chanting or poetry presented in 16 bar measures or time frames, and beatboxing, a vocal technique mainly used to imitate percussive elements of the music and various technical effects of hip-hop DJ's. An original form of dancing and particular styles of dress arose among fans of this new music. These elements experienced considerable refinement and development over the course of the history of the culture.

The relationship between graffiti and hip hop culture arises from the appearance of new and increasingly elaborate and pervasive forms of the practice in areas where other elements of hip hop were evolving as art forms, with a heavy overlap between those who wrote graffiti and those who practiced other elements of the culture.