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Early Hip-Hop and Black Music Philosophy

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Early Hip-Hop and Black Music Philosophy AFAS 371

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Hip-Hop Cinema
Dr. Tani Sanchez
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jessica Notetaker on Thursday September 8, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to AFAS 371 at University of Arizona taught by Dr. Tani Sanchez in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Hip-Hop Cinema in Africana Studies, Film & Television at University of Arizona.

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Date Created: 09/08/16
Monday, September 5, 2016 AFAS 371- Hip-Hop Cinema: Early Hip-Hop and Black Music Philosophy Early Hip-Hop and Black Music Philosophy - Craig Warner defines three foundational “impulses” of black music: gospel, blues and jazz. The Gospel Impulse - Craig Warner defines the “gospel impulse,” as the belief that life’s burdens can be transformed into hope, salvation, the promise of redemption, and helps people to experience themselves in relation to things, rather than on their own. Gospel makes the feeling of human separateness bearable. - The gospel impulse is a three step process: • Acknowledging the burden • Bearing witness Finding redemption • - Musicians grounded in the gospel impulse respond by bearing witness to: • The troubles they’ve seen • Telling the deepest truths they know - The gospel impulse half-remembers the values brought to the new world by the men and women uprooted from West African cultures: • The connection between the spiritual and material worlds • The interdependence of self and community • The honoring of the elders and ancestors • The recognition of the ever-changing flow of experience that renders all absolute ideologies meaningless - Gospel holds the possibility that tomorrow may be different, better. 1 Monday, September 5, 2016 The Blues Impulse - The blues is an impulse that keeps painful experiences alive, allows one to reflect on them, and transcend them. - Where gospel is hopeful for change and believes in the arrival of better days, the blues are all about just making it through the night, barely holding on. - The blues doesn’t reaffirm the painful experience it accounts, rather it reaffirms the value of life. It reminds one that they are still here, still going, still strong. The Jazz Impulse - The jazz impulse is defined as a constant process of redefinition. The jazz artist reconsiders their identity on three levels: • As an individual • As a member of the community • As a “link in the chain of tradition” - Jazz is about revolution, redefinition, but also about finding ones own voice and being aware of where that voice came from, who one truly is. - Ralph Ellison, often quoted by Craig Warner, wrote that true jazz asserts the individual voice against and within the group. - The jazz impulse adheres to the imagination and offers new ways of thinking. 2


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