1 Representin’ in the Beginnin’: The 1980s
Representin’ in the Beginnin’: The 1980s
In Breakin’ (1984), the energetic Turbo (Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers) represents hip-hop creativity as he flashes his dynamic break dancing skills.
More than any other medium, Hollywood movies introduced mainstream America to hip-hop culture in the 1980s. In particular, Hollywood seized upon the visual and aural dynamics of three expressions of the youth culture to showcase: graffiti writing, break dancing, and rapping. The presentation of hip-hop culture was not based upon an altruistic concern to reveal the environmental, economic, and social challenges of inner city communities, but was connected instead to a more basic goal—profits. Although urban background grit and grime often served as a realistic backdrop of hip-hoprelated films, the studio objectives remained linked to the commercial appeal of the exotic and foreign, rather than provoking and stirring social activism. ← 7 | 8 →
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