Your task for the final assignment is to answer the following three-part prompt:
What are the social, artistic and political roots of hip-hop music?
What is the present state of hip-hop, art, music and culture?
Reflect on the current social and political climate: what is the future of hip-hop?
You will answer these three questions in essay format, then host a *community gathering to share your findings.
These are broad themes. I am leaving space for creativity and direction. I don’t want to receive 35 papers that are all the same, because there are many ways to approach these questions. There is no one definitive answer to this prompt, and there is no definitive right or wrong way to answer these questions. Feel free to consider all artistic, historic, social, cultural, political, and economic factors that interest you.
An A effort on the Final provides evidence of:
• Critical inquiry into pressing historical issues in America that led to the development of hip-hop music and culture
• Comprehension of diverse influences on hip-hop
• An understanding of hip-hop as a culture that draws from various cultures and artistic movements
• A reading of historical patterns and modern social issues, in order to intelligently reflect on the future.
FINAL requirements:
1. Write a minimum 7 page paper, 1 inch margins double spaced, in 12 pt Times New Roman font. It is fine if your paper is longer than the minimum standard. Your paper should have a clear thesis that incorporates your media and written sources. Cite your sources in MLA, APA or another suitable academic format of your choice.
2. Sources: You are responsible for meaningful references to course materials, in addition to your own research findings.
You should aim to include:
– 3 influential artists from pre-hip-hop history or early hip-hop history
– 5 hip-hop artists who have significantly influenced the development of hip-hop music and culture
– 5 media texts (songs, albums, videos, essays, podcasts, etc), and
– At least 3 different online texts for social, political, economic perspective (Seek out reputable journalist sources of information (Not Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, etc); Use Google Scholar.
YES, this is a minimum of 18 references/citations. This will not be a difficult task if you are doing your weekly research assignments.

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