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Friday, December 03, 2010

New York was long-considered the capital of hip-hop, but in recent years the center of power has shifted to Atlanta. A new book of photographs and essays captures a snapshot of the heart of the “Dirty South.” The book’s photographer Michael Schmelling and writer Kelefa Sanneh join us to survey the scene.


Kelefa Sanneh and Michael Schmelling

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Really empowering for women that the influence of women occurs primarily in the form of "the girls" in strip clubs. Although, as the "authors" note, there are other references to women in their book, that is no excuse for the denigration /marginalization of women, either within the context of the original "scene" or in the context of the book. So telling that the supposed purveyors of thought and culture, WNYC and The New Yorker, are promoting this *(&)&(() and are along for the profit-driven ride. You can all be proud of yourselves.

Dec. 03 2010 02:27 PM

i suppose waka flocka flame has achieved a new level of success by getting namedropped on wnyc...

Dec. 03 2010 02:23 PM
AC21 from Queens, NYC

As much as I love NYC (born and bred here) Atlanta's full influence over all sections and sub-sections of Black Culture has impacted Hip-Hop in a way that is uniquely Southern and American. What makes hip-hop a New York creations is the fact that it was derived from the street/block parties and the MC came from the 'toasting' that Jamaican DJ's would partake in. Furthermore many of the 'breaks' and beats that B-Boys/Girls would dance over have a Latin/Carribean tilt as well as the Southern influences of the heavily sampled King of Soul James Brown. I feel that in NYC Hip-Hop reflects that divergent and multi-cultural influences prevalent within New York. As Hip-Hop's focus moved South we see that in particular Atlanta brings Hip-Hop to it's 'root' home, and thus the soul/spiritual song influences become more prevalent.

Dec. 03 2010 01:02 PM

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