THE GET DOWN: THE EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP

THE GET DOWN: THE EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP

In this short piece, writer Amar Mehta takes us through a short summary of Hip-Hop’s history in the U.S, and tells us more about its relationship within Black culture and American politics.  Born in the Bronx in the 70s, hip-hop has been extremely...
GLEN E FRIEDMAN-‘IT AIN’T ALL ABOUT YOU’

GLEN E FRIEDMAN-‘IT AIN’T ALL ABOUT YOU’

Glen E Friedman is a social activist and the photographers’ photographer. His name resounds with clarity inside (and outside) photography and it pulsates with a verve even stronger than it was in 1976 when he started making images of those vibrant sub-cultures:...
GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980 (PART 2)

GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980 (PART 2)

In the second part of Malik Crumpler’s extensive exploration of Gangster Rap, he takes a look at the impact of crack and home policies meant to curtail (in part) the crack epidemic. Ironically these very same policies meant to bring order helped (to  a degree)...
GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980

GANGSTER RAP-HEGEMONY CIRCA 1980

In the first of a three-part feature, #itchysilk writer Malik Crumpler discusses gangster rap hegemony. In many respects as a genre it should be vilified. After all, it glorifies violence, degrades women and revels in the taking and selling of drugs. Contrary to logic...