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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - January 9, 2014

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This week the CRAS AES Student Chapter welcomed AES President, David Kohr. David did a presentation on the history of hip hop and it's effect on society, which is a subject he is very passionate about.

Hip hop originated in the Bronx around the late 1970's, giving the genre a 40 year history. It has inspired such things as clothing lines, colognes, and artwork. An example of this is: Philadelphia was dubbed the graffiti capitol of the world in the '70's, and the city still remains a hip hop mecca to this day. Many people see it as a way of self expression, like hip hop gives them a voice and a way to be heard.

There are 9 different elements of hip hop: Rapping, break dancing, graffiti, DJing, beatboxing, street fashion, street language, street entrepreneurialism, and street knowledge. For about ten minutes, a video was shown featuring breakdancing. There were clips from the '80s, and from the 2012 breakdancing world championship. Breakdancing is sometimes referred to as 'b-boying'.

By the mid-80's, hip hop had become widely popular. The era between that time and the early '90s is sometimes referred to as the 'golden era'. In this period of time, the album 'License to Ill' by the Beastie Boys hit number one, this was the first rap album to do so.

Eminem continued hip hop's upward spiral of popularity in the main stream, and at the turn of the century, he sold 10,000,000 units with his album "Marshal Mathers LP'.

Today, hip hop continues to top the charts. David Kohr gave the CRAS students a great new understanding of hip hop, and the meeting was enjoyed by all who attended!

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