• Jamie– I loved the way you organized your inquiry project but I was confused because I think parts 1-4 are not in chronological order but the idea of what you were aiming for was nice. The purpose of your project […]

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    To demonstrate your knowledge of the material, compose a blog post with at least five sentences indicating the full name of the author(s), the name of the source of […]

  • Inquiry Project: Afrika Bambaataa And His Influence on the Hip-Hop Culture.

    It was difficult to understand where I should begin and where I wanted the project to look like when I finalized it, but I had a […]

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  • I had prior knowledge of my topic because I am a Hip-Hop fan but these sources have taught me the details I needed to know about my topic. It has taught me how the Zulu Nation came about, how Afrika Bambataa […]

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    I intend to use WordPress.com as the home for my inquiry project because I’ve been using it for Rams Pages which is derived from Word Press. I’m familiar with how to use the site and […]

  • 1.  Luke Z. Fenchel, Ithica Times, Afrika Bambataa: Hip Hop Founding Father

    2. M. Forman,  Journal of Popular Culture,  Media form and cultural space: Negotiating rap “fanzines”.

    3. H. A.  Rhodes,  Yale, The […]

  • Typically, it is understood the Hip-Hop is a subculture that involves, music. art, fashion, design, and dance. It’s targeted towards teens and young adults. It focuses on the newest fades and most recent and innovative ideas. Its a subculture that’s constantly changing due to new interests and different audience. I find that the majority of -people who aren’t fans of Hip-Hop associate it with drugs, sexuality, and gangs relations. Hip-Hop is not associated with those things but maybe some of the artist that are involved in the Hip-Hop culture grew up with those things in their neighborhood by default, so unwillingly it has become apart of their lives. So when expressing their life story through music, fashion, dance, etc., those topics are brought up because it is basically all they know. This issue is significant to understand because I don’t want people to think that drugs, sexuality, and gang relations is all that Hip-Hop is about. Hip-Hop is a gateway for these artist to express themselves and paint their life stories. When researching this topic and issue I read a lot about the biography of these artist to better understand where they are coming from because it helps me understand why they express themselves the way they do and their purpose. I think people should embrace the positive aspects Hip-Hop has brought to the trouble kids in trouble neighbors and how Hip-Hop was a gateway to freedom for these people from these troubled cities. Hip-Hop brought unity and peace to many cities when the only thing these cities were involved in was gang related violence and drugs.  I wish to show this through the life of Afrika Bambataa and how he helped create the Hip-Hop culture to unite the troubled cities for positive reasons.



    -A music video about a Hip-Hop artist named Mase from Harlem, NYC, NY., finally returning to the rap game. The music video takes place in his neighborhood in Harlem. Pay attention to the lyrics he talks about a lot!

    – This song create by Nas and how he used rap as an escape the negative environment he grew up in. He also expresses the negative things going on in society to bring it to the attention of his listeners.


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  • The nugget and my concept experience connect because they both relate to technology advancing as population and visions grow. When more ideas are expressed the more advanced technology gets. The dynabook was a […]

  • In ten years I believe Complex magazine would be bigger than what it is now. It would expand so largely that they would have to cover all the topics on their website religiously. They would create and build a head quarters so that they would have a place where they can hold interviews, showcase the latest fashion and art, as well as have a news channel/session for it’s viewers. The head quarters would be a place where all their avid viewers and audience members can go to retrieve all the information needed about the Hip-Hop industry. There would still be some limitations to how many artist they can book,  how well they can spread their information in person, and how well they can influence their audience verses not having to do any of that on the online website. Because the spread of information is going to be in person and more hands on, they would be limited to how many people they can affect  in person due to showing face and expression  verses online interaction. I still believe due to these limitation Complex magazine could grow into something bigger and better.

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    For my inquiry project, I want to argue how the use of language in the Complex magazine blog post can affect the emotions and thoughts of its viewers. I’m trying to show that sometimes things are depicted differently than what they truly are, just by the use of a couple of words. I am trying to shed light on how influential social media can be and how easy it is to believe anything that is written or told without having prior knowledge about the information.  I am trying to advocate viewers to pay more attention and research information about a certain topic instead of believing everything that is told or what is in front of their eyes.  To show this, I wanted to make a collage of comments written on their blog post through their website, Twitter, and Instagram, etc., that shows the audience emotions towards that topic. That way I could have a visual to how influential words can be towards emotion and feeling.  It is important to know the history behind things so that you are not easily fooled or influenced.


  • “Music is controlled in a completely analogous manner. The
    Dynabook can act as a “super synthesizer” getting direction
    either from a keyboard or from a “score.” The keystrokes can
    be captured, edited, and played back. Timbres, the “fonts” of
    musical expression, contain the quality and mood which
    different instruments bring to an orchestration. They may be
    captured, edited, and used dynamically. ” – Kay and Goldberg

    This nugget was significant to my inquiry project because it discussed music.  Music and Hip-Hop is generally what my inquiry project is about. Kay and Goldberg state that, “The
    Dynabook can act as a “super synthesizer” getting direction
    either from a keyboard or from a “score.” To me the Dynabook symbolizes social media (Complex, radio, etc.) and it is getting direction from a keyboard(the artist) or from a score(the audience). Without the artist or audience social media really isn’t anything. They are key sources in keeping social media alive. But once social media (Complex, radio, etc.) has its artist and audience, they can use their blogs (fonts) to create and contain a certain mood within their audience, which is typically their ultimate goal.


    I chose this nugget because it was significant to my inquiry project. This nugget discussed music and a music synthesizer called Dynabook.  Music and Hip-Hop is generally what my inquiry project is about. Kay and Goldberg state that, “The Dynabook can act as a “super synthesizer” getting direction either from a keyboard or from a “score.” The Dynabook symbolizes social media (Complex, radio, etc.) which is getting “direction” from a keyboard(the artist) or from a score(the audience). Without the artist or audience social media really isn’t anything. They are key sources in keeping social media alive. But once social media (Complex, radio, etc.) has its artist and audience, they can use their blogs (fonts) to create and contain a certain mood within their audience, which is typically their ultimate goal.

    morganneperez post was about how Pandora’s technology is completely dependent on human efforts. Although Pandora doesn’t respond immediately to a skip or pause, it eventually does. Pandora is a perfect example of something that has developed through technology advancement, which is exactly what Kay and Goldberg predicted would happen.  So her connection to the nugget and Pandora was well written and interesting! It gave my a different point of view.

    Cabouniv200 post talked about how Facebook was first created as a network for college students to use for a means of communication, but after going viral and more adaptation, people of all ages started to use it to communicate to one another. It is interesting how something can be targeted and geared towards a specific audience but then go viral. Creating the right technology can be a complete game changer.

    Sara Majeed brought up a very good point in her nugget post, She stated that if computers have the ability to distort our brains chemistry then it should have the ability to use apps and games to reverse those effects. I agree with her on this statement because I feel like if technology is so advanced that it can change something, it is advanced enough to change it back. That was a very interesting point that I didn’t think about while reading.

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  • I am very familiar with the Hip-Hop culture so I did not observe many things that were new to my knowledge. But I did view my topic in a different light. I started to view things through the UNIV perspective. My inquiry project is about how Afrika Bambaataa used social media to influence the Hip-Hop culture. I am also looking at how Complex (magazine) influences the thoughts that their audience have on Hip-Hop.  While researching this topic I found it interesting how the choice of words can influence how information can be reciprocated. Afrika Bambaataa used language to grab the attention of his audience and bring them together. Once he brought them together, he spread his dream and influenced his audience to join the Hip-Hop culture. Same with Complex (magazine), they use language to real the audience in and sell them a story about what is going on in the Hip-Hop world. I think that the use of language is very interesting because you can influence the way someone feels with the right choice of words.

    So far while researching I found out the things he has done in order to spread his word about Hip-Hop before it evolved, what influenced Bam to start the evolution of Hip-Hop  and the things he did and still does today to keep the Hip-Hop culture alive. It is important to know that Hip-Hop did not always exist and that it is a mix and different genres. At the time when Afrika Bambaataa first started the revolution, he was making funk music and co-created “Hip-Hop” with the mix of different musical textures. It was also around the late seventies early eighties so that is something to keep in mind. These things will make it easier to understand the importance of my digital text, Complex (magazine), and why it is so influential and important in today’s Hip-Hop culture.

    Another thing that you should know is that, Afrika Bambaataa started off by spreading the word of his music concerts/parties and the Zulu Nation through out his community with the help of his friends. Once he started getting the attention of his followers he made flyers that were posted in different communities. In New York, people could not just go to other blocks and hang out there, if you weren’t from that block then you weren’t welcome. But Bam used his patience, wisdom, and kind heart to get the attention of the people in other communities and spread the word of his dream. Thus influencing the people from New York City to unite as well as pave the way to the start of Hip-Hop. This leads me to show how he influenced the Hip-Hop culture and why his contributions were so significant and important.
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  • Nugget 1) I’d say it’s enormously important. For all of our individuality, the Hip-Hop culture breeds sheep. In the online space, getting your music posted on the right blogs has become incredibly important to some artists, more so than even the quality of the music they’re putting out it seems. And it becomes a situation where PR people and label flunkies hound a handful of blogs for coverage, knowing that it will probably turn into more widespread coverage if they can just get so-and-so to pay attention.

    Nugget 2) Using social media Web sites is among the most common activity of today’s children and adolescents. Any Web site that allows social interaction is considered a social media site, including social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter; gaming sites and virtual worlds such as Club Penguin, Second Life, and the Sims; video sites such as YouTube; and blogs. Such sites offer today’s youth a portal for entertainment and communication and have grown exponentially in recent years.

    Nugget 3)There is one other early American DJ that deserves mentioning and that is Afrika Bambaataa. Bam ran a sound system at the Bronx River Community Center. As Bob Marley was a spokesperson for reggae, Bam was an ambassador and spokesperson for the Hip Hop culture. Afrika Bambaataa was the name of a famous 19th century Zulu chief, the name means Affectionate Leader. Bam took his role as a leader in the Hip Hop culture seriously. In 1975 Bam founded an organization known as the Zulu Nation. The major function of this organization was to replace gang rumbles and drugs with rap, dance, and the Hip Hop style.

    Nugget 4) Afrika Bambaataa is one of the three main originators of break-beat deejaying, and is respectfully known as the “Grandfather” and “Godfather” of Hip Hop Culture as well as The Father of The Electro Funk Sound. Through his co-opting of the street gang the Black Spades into the music and culture-oriented Zulu Nation, he is responsible for spreading rap and hip-hop culture throughout the world. He has consistently made records nationally and internationally, every one to two years, spanning the 1980′s into the next Millennium 2000.

    Nugget 5) He [Afrika Bambaataa] changed The Bronx River Organization into the Zulu Nation and named himself Afrika Bambaataa (meaning “affectionate leader”) Aasim in honor of the 19th century Zulu chief. He then adopted the Zulu Nations’ principles of unity and peace and mixed it with the Hip Hop lifestyle. Gangmembers became b-boys, rappers, and graffiti/aerosol writers, and violence was averted through knowledge, unity, and peace. Soon, Bam and his Zulu Nation reached out to their community in a positive light and began to help the youth through various progams. From there, Bam was influential in showing gangsters a life outside of the hood and gave them hope, all the while fostering Hip Hop’s growth and teaching his community the Hip Hop way of life.


    The first nugget stresses the importance of social media and shows how vital social media is in spreading information to the general public. Hip-Hop thrives off of its audience, making social media the golden key to getting the exposure that these artist need. A lot of the time when things go viral, it’s because of the blog post that these editors are posting which is catching the attention of internet surfers. The second nugget also stresses the importance of social media, everything found online today is considered social media and it is taking a toll on children, adolescents, and adults. It discusses how these online social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and blogs) are the source of entertainment to internet users and help communicate what is going on in today’s world at an enormously fast pace. Both of these sources connect to my inquiry project because they discuss how important social media is in spreading information as a means of communication. My inquiry project is on how Afrika Bambaataa used social media to influence the Hip-Hop culture and how Complex (magazine)’s blog post influences the Hip Hop culture. Social media blogs help communicate what is going on in the Hip-Hop world to its viewers. It also helps artist, such as Afrika Bambaataa, get more exposure and help spread their talents. Even though the internet wasn’t invented by the time Afrika Bambaataa came out, he still used social media (newspapers, flyers, radio) to help spread knowledge and spread his movement of Hip-Hop. Social media is completely vital especially in the Hip-Hop world and without it Hip-Hop wouldn’t be what it is today. Social media is the number one thing in today’s culture that artists rely on in order to help spread their cause. The third nugget discusses how Afrika Bambaataa was such a great influence to the Hip-Hop culture. It also discusses how Afrika Bambaataa created the Zulu Nation and how it was created to get gangsters out of the vicious lifestyle they lived and change their lives for the better. The fourth nugget also discusses how Bam turned the street gang, Black Stars, into a revolutionary positive activist group. He used Hip-Hop as an outlet for individuals to utilize in order to escape the rough cities that were filled with violence and corruption. The fifth nugget discussed how Afrika Bamaataa founded the Zulu Nation and his inspiration. He used the beliefs of the Zulu Nation and the Hip-Hop lifestyle to create the Hip-Hop culture today. His main goal was to teach the community the right things to do as well as influence them to unite and become positive leaders in their communities. The last three nuggets above all had the same idea of discussing how Afrika Bambaataa influenced the Hip-Hop culture, created the Zulu Nation, and how he positively changed communities for the better. He spread his word through the use of social media and communication. He used flyers, parades, concerts and shows, to get the communities attention and unite them so that they can their lives positively. It is evident that social media is an important tool used by artist to spread their vision. It’s the quickest and most efficient way to grab the attention of viewers and spread their cause. Just look at what you use every day to keep up with the latest information and keep in touch, social media has got you too.

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