Jaqueline Santos

Independent Scholar


Spring 2012: Hiphop Archive Fellow

Blacks, Young People and Hip Hoppers

Project Description

Blacks, Young People and Hip Hoppers

This research project seeks to deepen knowledge about the rise of the Hip Hop Movement in North America and its development in New York, USA and São Paulo, Brazil. Hip Hop consolidates itself in the US, extends itself to the streets of the world, and is recognized as one of the movements of the African Diaspora. I propose a comparative project of Hip Hop in both cities focusing on the organizers of this movement and the tools used for political action and their use of blackness, through documental analysis of magazines, newspapers, books, videos and songs.

Hip Hop both within the US and in the Brazilian context configures itself as a movement of young victim of racial and class violence, and becomes an instrument of social transformation through its alternative forms that unites leisure, social protest and political articulation. It is at this juncture that I intend to conduct research about the similarities and differences between Sao Paulo Hip Hop and New York Hip Hop in its principle and in the actions of past years.

I will conduct a textual analysis of Hip Hop drawing upon resources at Harvard University such as the Hip Hop Archive and the Library of the House of HIP HOP of Diadema in Sao Paulo. Relying on these materials, I will conduct bibliographical, discographic and videographic analyses of materials produced on Hip Hop in Sao Paulo and New York. After the analyses, I will pay particular attention to documents that explicitly address issues of race especially as it pertains to black youth of these cities.

I will divide the comparative work in three phases of the development of Hip Hop in New York and Sao Paulo, these phases being the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In these phases I will investigate political context, geographical space, racial relations and identity.

After the research and comparative analysis, a final text will be produced on the experience of young blacks in the Hip Hop movements of these two cities during these periods.


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