Global linguistic flows: Hip-hop culture(s), identities, and the politics of language education

Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
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Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2007, 6 (2), pp. 89 - 100
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People have to understand what you mean when you talk about Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop means the whole culture of the movement. When you talk about rap, you have to understand that rap is part of the Hip-Hop Culture. That means that emceeing is part of the Hip-Hop Culture. The Deejaying is part of the Hip-Hop Culture. The dressing, the languages are all part of Hip-Hop Culture. So is the break dancing, the b-boys and b-girls. How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop Culture. And the music is from whatever music that gives that grunt, that funk, that groove, that beat. That s all part of Hip Hop. (Afrika Bambaataa, interviewed by Davey D [1996])
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