Hip Hop culture,
Hip Hop is a typographic culture, which was initially transmitted through graffiti. It was originally used by gangs to tag up neighborhoods. Totally anti-establishment…This was not an acceptable form of “art” as far as most people were concerned, but by 1979, Fab 5 Freddy and his crew had changed the landscape of graffiti art, bringing it all the way to an art exhibit in Rome. Nonetheless artists gained clout in the streets, not in the studios.
Hip Hop has a strong post-literate oral tradition as well. It is rare for a literate culture to have such a rich oral tradition. This is an important point, because it represents Hip Hop’s resistance to total assimilation into an (Anglo-Saxon) literate culture. Rather, they live in a literate culture, but maintain their connection to West African Griot traditions.
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