For Wednesday, 14 February


  • Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, ‘Hip-Hop: Planet Rock’, in Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey (Grove Press, 2006)
  • Audio: Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force, ‘Planet Rock’ (1982)
  • Video: DJ Jazzy Jay | Crate Diggers | Fuse (10 October 2012). Jazzy Jay was one of Zulu Nation’s main DJs, was the co-founder of Def Jam Records, and is one of hip-hop’s great storytellers. keywords: crate digging; sacred crates.

In Class

  1. Attendance
  2. Review: What were the most important things we talked about last time?
  3. Q&A: Is hip-hop inherently political?
  4. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Jorge ‘Popmaster Fabel’ Pabon, ‘Physical Graffiti: The History of Hip-Hop Dance’, in Jeff Chang, ed., Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop (BasicBooks, 2006). Also reprinted in Forman and Neal (2012).
  • Audio: Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band, ‘Scorpio’ (1971)
  • Video: Wild Style (Charlie Ahearn, 1982). We’ll watch this movie in class, but I encourage you to look at it a few times. You can view this movie for free using the hyperlink in the title.