Combat Jack discusses the genesis and evolution of hip-hop from fad to major force of pop culture and details the growing pains that have accompanied the genre’s rise to prominence as a barometer for cool and a massive platform for the voices of inner city youth. He talks about code switching, cultural appropriation and dives headfirst into how the commercialization of the culture has affected his personal relationship with the music. He breaks down the many ways in which hip-hop’s components, from classic tracks to cool lingo, are reimagined and consumed by the masses. Check the footage below to watch Combat Jack’s full talk at TEDx Gowanus. Check out the latest from Combat Jack at thecombatjackshow.com.
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