What I Took Away from, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: a History of the Hip Hop Generation” NWA (Straight out of Compton)


13. Slumlords hired thugs to burn down their buildings for the insurance money. Insurance also profited by selling more policies.

14. “in housing, the final stage of captalism is arson”

25. in 1966 anyone who had twisted hair was a badman.

27. Ghettos are the same throughout the world.

46. if gangs stopped robbing, stealing and mischief they could be a force for revolution.

70. 1973, Herc learned that, after counting his profits, a sound system dance hall to play the latest beats could be a big thing.

76. firefighters can and will steal things out of a house on fire calls.

79. DJ Herc focused on the breaks of popular songs to keep the beat flowing in clubs: 

96. 1971 Bambaataa grew tired of race wars and focused his socializing skills towards peaceful ways rather than war.

114. People cared less about speaker size and gravitated towards showmanship and style. DJ Herc lost his crowds to Grandmaster Flash: 

115. There appears to be a thin line between martial arts and hip hop. 

117. dancers strived for shock value.

122. grafitti was considered the first street culture that started in the 1950s

149. A complete culture should have music, dance, and visual art.

159. By breaking (b-boy) your goal is to make the competitor look bad in war.

199. the height in popularity of grafitti writers ended at the Janis Gallery with the rich and famous.

233 White flight out of neighborhoods begins at between 10 and 20 percent black immersion.

243. White Panthers aligned with the Black Panthers to take on police problems.

244. MTV started out as a rock channel and excluded black music.

260. People are used to a perfect predictable world, but when that world is off a little bit, it becomes weird.

274. Between violence at rock and rap concerts, it was the rap concerts that got the most attention by authorities.

277. The Spike Lee movie, “Do the Right Thing” opened 2 months after a “wilding rampage rape occurred of a white female in Central Park. There was a lot of concern about racial tension.

284. Henry Ford turned Detroit into “2 cities” with whites in Dearborn and blacks in Inkster.

299. We want “poems that kill.” Assassin poems, Poems that shoot guns. Poems that wrestle cops into alleys and take their weapons leaving them dead -Amiri Baraka

306. Niggaz wit Attitude got popular with Boyz N the Hood. Eazy E sounded a little nervous and well as Dre’s beats for such an aggressively lyrical song.

307. Some black people got rich on racial fears: 

311. The dog with the coldest heart got the bone, not the loudest barks.

314. The post-war generation got what they could out of their lives and pulled up the ladder on younger generations.

318. NWA took “Black Power” in a different direction by referring to nigger this, nigger that, fuck that bitch fuck this fuck shit nigger. They skipped peaceful protests and went straight to rioting. They skipped seduction and went straight to fucking. The empowered themselves with street knowledge.

324. Cops made black men put their hands on the hood of the car, which was hot from driving all day and then, upon removing hands from the hood, the cops took it as a signal of resistance.

335. Young people don’t feel old people can learn from them. The old people want war on gangs, which emcompasses the youth -so it turns into a war on youth.

344. “But every nigga on my block can’t stop and he won’t stop and don’t stop” -Crip motto

350. Koreans are misunderstood frequently and have trouble getting media coverage.

389. Sweep laws, anti loitering laws, anti cruising laws, and curfews are some of the many ways to limit the movement of young people in public spaces.

399. Ice T left Time Warner in 1992 because Time Warner couldn’t be in the business of black rage. It got scary.

409. Go-go’s got the same problem today as it did back then. You don’t have no good storylines. Hip-hop, tells stories.

416. When the first Billboard chart based on Soundscan was released on May 25, 1991, the results shocked the music industry: 

420. G’Thang off The Chronic album begs to ask: didn’t all boys everywhere want to party, bounce in hot cars to hotter beats, hang with the crew, and spray conceited bitches with malt liquor? https://youtu.be/_qkP8SvHvaU

425. Hip-hop had triumphed over America in a way the civil rights movement never had.

434. DJ Kool Herc reflects on starting a culture with hip hop at The SOurce music award show. 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, The Bronx, New York. Also, the rap industry got out of line with Suge Knight.

439. Hip Hop on the radio has faced challenges with the buying run that started after the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Clear Channel overpaid for many stations and needed to cut costs as a result.

447. Media monopolies favored artists who did not merely produce hits, but synergies of goods, In this new corporate order, a song could become a movie could become a book, could become a soundtrack, could become a music video could become a video game.

459. Police called Homies peace efforts a front for the creation of a “supergang” and increased their surveillance.

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