Hip-Hop

Objective: To review and analyze a selection of music videos from early period of “commercial”
hip-hop (1988—1994). This exercise is entirely optional. It is not required. It is available to every
student regardless of your exam grade.
1. Your write-up is due in-class on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012.
2. Your write-up must be: typed in 12pt font, 3/4-inch margins, printed and stapled.
3. You must print and attach this as cover sheet when you submit it on May 3rd. Be sure to
print your name on the cover sheet.

Instructions: View the videos listed below. Then, write up a brief analysis (2 ½ page maximum)
identifying and evaluating any three of the following key themes of gender, race & sexual politics that
you observe across the videos:
1. Traditional ideals of masculinity & femininity
2. Allusions to social—gender, racial, sexual—history
3. Features of American masculinity
4. Associations and/or tensions of gender and power
5. Representations of “negotiated” masculinity; “feminist” ideals
6. Representations of male-female relationships (themes)

Extra Credit Opportunity #2 is worth up to 15points. To earn full credit your write-up must (i)
address three different themes; (ii) include concrete examples from videos; and (iii) address concepts
of black sexual politics; (iv) almost no grammar errors.

Put an “X” next to the videos you watched. *Notes videos we’ll be discussing in class.
Video Check if viewed
JJ Fad – Supersonic (1988)
Slick Rick – Children’s Story (1988)
Kool Moe Dee – Wild Wild West (1988)
MC Lyte – Paper Thin (1988)
KRS-One/Stop the Violence Movement – Self Destruction (1989)
Heavy D & The Boyz – Somebody For Me (1989)
Public Enemy – Fight the Power (1989)
Salt-n-Pepa – Shake Your Thang (1988)
Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love – Ladies First (1989)
Salt-n-Pepa – Do You Want Me (1990)
MC Lyte – Ruffneck (1993)
Heavy D & The Boyz – Black Coffee (1994)
Salt-n-Pepa – Whatta Mighty Good Man (1994)

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