The students aimed to introduce people to hip-hop through dance performances and exhibits, and clear up misinformation about hip-hop
Edward Franklin, a member of the university’s Culture Advisory Board stated that hip-hop is something that students can connect to and appreciate, an integral facet of African American communities throughout the United States for over 40 years.
Although rap music only became mainstream towards the end of the seventies, hip-hop music pioneers were demonstrating their varied skills in New-York in the Bronx, starting the music movement that still retains an influence on culture today.
During the exhibition, every single hip-hop decade was displayed, from the mid-seventies all the way to hip-hop in the 2000’s, with particular emphasis on the 90s.
One student who originated from Nigeria said that his discovery of hip-hop when he was a young boy taught him some key values, mentioning groups such as Outkast and the Sugar Hill Gang.
Some students wonder at the direction hip-hop is heading
Although one of the students participating in the exhibition said that the music today is “different” than what it used to be, it still successfully maintains its purpose of allowing individuals to freely express themselves.
The student added that the message of hip-hop would always change depending on the era.
Students claimed the two decades they enjoyed portraying the most were the 80s and the 70s, primarily because of the unique trends in fashion that were popular at the time.
One student, Courtney Kinard, remarked that she was able to see where current fashion trends in the hip-hop industry originated from by exploring the older decades and origins of hip-hop.
Franklin stated that the exhibit was a great success for all involved and that it allowed individuals of all ages to understand and connect to social and political injustices in the past and present.