As an alternate to your “hip hop in action project,” you will be required to complete a TWO essays by picking TWO (2) of the following prompts. The essays should be no less than 3 pages each (12 point font, double spaced, regular margins, no cover page, reference page with APA (or similar) citation style). You will need to incorporate classroom materials and discussions into your analysis. Remember, this assignment is worth 100 points. The rubric is posted below. Submit essays as one document in blackboard.
Provide a summary and analysis of KRS-One’s Hip Hop Philosophy. Use his music and speeches to provide examples of his framework.
Street art and graffiti are important to hip hop culture. Explain the origins of this form of art, provide contemporary examples of archived street art, and provide an analysis of the ways in which street art has been punished.
Explain the similarities between American hip hop and Palestinian hip hop. Discuss the major themes using lyrical content to explain.
The Steinmetz & Henderson article on rap artists perceptions of criminal justice provides a great framework to analyze lyrical content. Using your ‘rap god’ or another artist, provide an analysis of lyrics from their most recent album. Provide summarizing information and also provide quotes to contextualize your essay and argument. What is the overall theme emerging from the album/artist?
What is meant by Disproportionate Minority Contact? Provide lyrical content as examples showing how rappers are engaged with this issue in minority communities.
How and in what ways has the criminal justice system used rappers lyrics to implicate themselves? What are the problems associated with this trend?
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