Saturday, December 27, 2008
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HIP HOP ORIGINS
This is a brief synopsis about the founding fathers of Hip Hop and more. Can lead you to the lake, but can't force you to drink. - Distrakt
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Directed By Distrakt: Count Bass D - Neon Soul from Distrakt on Vimeo.
Artist: Count Bass D
Song: Neon Soul
Directed, Edited & Animated By: Distrakt
Count Bass D Illustration By: Ques
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Had the opportunity to experience a great lecture by Spike Lee last night. It was fantastic. Inspirational to any black film artist. Meeting him was truly an honor. He dropped food for thought for those aspiring to make films and those who are making films. It was a full house. Like to thank the Cultural Attractions Fund, Film Series, BSU and the CC Film Union for bringing Mr. Lee out.-- Post From My iPhone
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Founding Fathers (DJs)
Afrika Bambaataa a DJ and community leader from the South Bronx. He's also known from his breakthrough group, the Soul Sonic Force. In the early ‘70s Bam ran a gang in New York. Coming through that unharmed, Bambaataa decided to use his leadership to turn those involved in the gang life into something more positive to the community. Bam is the founder of the Zulu Nation, the single most enduring institution in Hip Hop. Zulu Nation STANDS FOR: Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Freedom, Justice, Equality, Peace, Unity, Love, Respect, Work, Fun, Overcoming the Negative to the Positive, Economics, Mathematics, Science, Life, Truth, Facts, Faith. Inspired by DJ Kool Herc, Bambaataa was organizing block parties around the South Bronx. “Nobody had more records than Bam.”, Grandmaster Flash told one interviewer.
Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) is the FIRST DJ to make the turntable an instrument. Flash was intrigued with the possibilities the technology surrounding music suggested for innovation. The concept of cutting – the backbone of Hip Hop Djing came out of his laboratory (with assistance from his friend Grand Wizard Theodore another great who created scratching) Flash’s introduction of the “Beat Box” was a wired drum box into a mixer. When the music would stop from the record, Flash would come in with the drum box so you couldn’t tell where the music stopped and Flash started. This turned DJs from beat mixers to beat makers and building blocks of rapping as we know it were laid.
Look, if it was not for the DJs nobody would know what time it is. To me the DJ is the gatekeeper of sound on the street. Respect the DJ for giving the soundtrack to most peoples lives. Like to give shouts to the Furious Five, Jazzy Jay, Busy Bee, Kurtis Blow, Kevi Kev. -Distrakt Know the history on a culture that has united all types of people from around the world. Corporate entities have distorted the origin of Hip Hop. Hip Hop is not all about thugs, drugs, disrespect of women, who’s got the shiniest jewels and wheels. It’s much bigger than that. For more in depth knowledge here’s some links.