‘Fight Back’ by Al Tamper is resistance music

Al Tamper brings music for the day (re: the age) on an album produced entirely by DJ Alo. This is not an album review; the is fine-crafted Chicago HipHop music and inspiration.




7 attributes for teaching HipHop culture, #1:Discovery

What or why we gravitate toawrd the rhythm, the heartbeat, the mindset that is HipHop is the first thing that should be examined in the head and the environment of a young HipHopper [Young in age or in experience within the culture]. “Discovery” and how broad  the cultural aspects of this micro-society will have a profound affect on how it is perceived as a study.

For me, a 70’s baby, as a music fan, I always enjoyed new an innovative presentation of traditionally “Black” music on radio and television. For music television TV then was The Midnight Special, Rock Concert, American Bandstand and the African American standard Soul Train. Soul Train also was a window to popular street dancing styles of various eras. Being a Chicago native, you had to really watch what trends were so at NOT to follow them, propagate new style. In the early80’s, a junior high school kid did not want to be caught just mimicking something from New York or anywhere, he wanted to be seen FLIPPIN’ it, spinning into something new. As rap records slowly came from the east and dances from both coasts mingled with area trends, a documentary changed my perception of New York street-art culture

I liked to draw and doodle. I had seen news reports and magazine articles on muralists around Chicago but also on New York graffiti. I had just made my first visit to New York City at age 11 when “Style Wars” controversially ran on PBS. This documentary also spotlighted breakin’, the art of battling and the mindset of escaping or conquering the block. It showed me a connection between urban and all marginalized peoples, Something creative and way bigger than just music or “some New York shit”.

What is your “Discovery” moment or series of moments? Those of us that hold this culture and it’s arts to heart can pinpoint when they realized that it was about more than music and fame and videos and record sales. Moreover, those of us that fashion ourselves as teachers of the movement(s) of HipHop would do well to pinpoint aspects of the culture in the youth around them, see what they gravitate towards. If it’s dance, The Freshest Kids; If it’s entertainment/music/cinema industry Wildstyle, Beat Street or if mature enough, Belly or Brown SugarCan’t Stop Won’t Stop by Jeff Chang is a great gateway of music to culture and journalism. Let young HipHoppers find the commonalities in these and their favorite artists/actors/writers own stories to inspire their own path into creating a positive lifestyle beyond entertainment industry stereotypes.

Outline for a periodic HipHop curriculum

I. Discovery
A. (Self) Knowledge
B. Your elements
C. History & cultural study
D.  Phys. Ed./Health

II. Exploration
A. Primary discipline
B. Secondary discipline

C. Phys. ed/ health
E. History(s of your discipline[s])

III. Create
A. Primary discipline
B. Secondary discipline
C. Phys. ed/health
D. Cultural Studies

IV. Application
A. Primary and secondary disciplines
B. Study alternate disciplines
C. Cultural Studies
D. Health/ Phys ed

V. Practice
A. Performance
B. Philosophy
C. Media
D. Health
E. Cultural study

VI. Collaborate
A. Cross disciplinary study
B. Performance
C. Entrepreneurialism
D. Media
E Cultural study/Health/ Phys ed

VII. Build
A. Independent study project
B. Collaborative study project
C. Marketing/promotion
D. Cultural study/health/phys ed