Hip-Hop (new term), by Meli Holdipp

Artist Statement:

This is a keepsake box designed for Hip-Hop, which is one of the terms I believe should be included in an updated/ modern version of Charles Olson’s “A Plan for the Curriculum of the Soul”. The box is made of wood and was painted with acrylic.The dimensions of the box are 8.3 in x 8 in x 1.7in.

On the front of the box is the term Hip Hop printed out on paper and taped to the box. Under the title are the definitions of the terms “hip-hop” and “rap” alongside citations to where I got the definitions from.

Inside the box is a cut out of a picture of a cityscape with graffiti on top. This piece is a wallpaper titled “Graffiti City” by Derek Prospero. The bottom half of the box contains cut out images from my teaching module. There are seven images total. Six of those images are some of my favorite rappers, television shows or movies associated with hip-hop. In the center is a picture of DJ Kool Herc and Coke La Rock, two men who are credited as the first DJ and emcee of hip hop.

There’s four mini square canvases painted with acrylic. The four terms painted on each canvas are “break dancing”, “dj-ing”, “mc-ing”, and “graffiti”. These terms make up the four elements of hip- hop.

There’s also five wooden pieces painted with acrylic. These five pieces represent five ways that hip-hop/rap music was listened to by consumers. Those five media are vinyl, cassette tapes, CDs, mp3 players and cell phones. Each medium can be associated with a particular decade in time in which that was the main source to music consumption.

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