Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Wild Style Part 1

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  1. sweet! wildstyle remains (imo) the coolest hip-hop documentary ever made.  most certainly worth a watch.  does anyone know where I can get a clean version for my class? also, if there is somewhere I could download all of these (or buy it!!) in one spot, that would be awesome! I teach a hip hop/ literacy class to middle-schoolers’, and they’ve been loving all of the slides that I bring in from this cartoon (of course i’ve been photoshopping out curses)

      1. hm yes i suppose i did mean movie– it’s just such a unique view into the aesthetic and culture of hip hop at the time that i think of it as a documentary

  2. Love this comic.  One thing that might help me put this into historical perspective is if you could include the date this stuff is going down.  Are we still in the 70s? Or is this the funky fresh 80s?

  3. Hilarious. Germany’s ZDF invested in a documentary about hiphop/graffiti culture? Nowadays the state funded channel’s target audience is considered to be mainly 60+.

    1.  That’s really interesting to know, Petz. I wonder what the demographic skewed toward back in the day? and what made the culture of the station change?

      1.  I don’t really know what led to this, but I think it had to do with the first privately owned channels. They passed the necessary legislation in 1984 IIRC. Until then there were only two national channels in Germany (ARD and ZDF), funded by the state. These new channels (RTL, SAT1, PRO7…) were targeted towards a more young demographic and quite innovative at the time. The former monopoly channels were still stuck in their 70’s mentality and still are today.

        There is an article in the last edition of german weekly magazine Der Spiegel which contemplates about the state of the german TV landscape concerning fiction series (sadly not available online). While there are highly innovative, well written dramas like Homeland or Breaking Bad on american TV or even some good british series available, german ones are still stuck in the 50’s like as an example a series called “For heaven’s sake” about a group of nuns in a monastery. It’s about their daily lives, they don’t solve murders or discover conspiracies. It’s badly written, everything’s always in order, there’s no character development. It’s placebo TV without courage.

        1. I will speak up in the defense of some of the regional channels in Germany, I saw some amazing music productions from WDR HR, and RB back in the 70s and was introduced to some music I would otherwise probably not have heard of.

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