Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Teens to Study History of Hip-Hop at New-York Historical Society

Teens to Study History of Hip-Hop at New-York Historical Society

UPPER WEST SIDE — Move over Henry Hudson, and make way for the Notorious B.I.G.

This spring the venerable New-York Historical Society's Saturday Academy will offer a series of free courses meant to bring history alive for young people. The series, which also includes free SAT prep for students in grades 10 - 12, runs from March 10-April 28.

In the hip-hop class, called "Hip-Hop In Context," students will listen to pivotal songs like "Cop Killer" by Ice-T's 1990s group Body Count, but they'll also explore hip-hop's place in New York City's wider cultural life, instructor Dylan DePice said. In addition to rap music, students will also study graffiti and break dancing and their place New York's history.

"Hip-hop started in the 1970s, but I'm going to go back even further and talk about the history of the U.S. That leads us to a moment in the '70's where the Bronx is sort of this ignored little area of the city where there's all this youth rebellion that becomes hip-hop," DePice said.

The class will cover the dawn of hip-hop, with the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," explore the differences between East Coast and West Coast rap, and discuss how politically minded groups such as Public Enemy and N.W.A. Gave way to the bling era of the 2000s.

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