Journal Entry #4

I recently watched this video published by Genius comparing the similarities of 70’s punk rock to Soundcloud rappers:

“The South Florida Souncloud rap is all of these things—the songs are rarely longer than 3.5 minutes, the sound is brash, and the main players love to shock fans… [and both] fed on economic hardship. In the 1970’s, the genres arose simultaneously out of a crumbling New York City.” 

I thought about other ways that brought the two genres I always kept so separate in my head almost one in the same. The similarities between the genres began to appear more stark, especially after reading an article on Control Forever titled “The Punk Era of Hip-Hop” by Gabriela Menegus. Menegus talks about their epiphany about hip-hop being punk after seeing punk bands and hip-hop artists sharing a stage at the Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival.

“A big part of the punk ethos is its DIY nature. When punk first came around in the 1970s, all the bands self-produced their own albums and distributed them through small independent record labels, or would create their own label to distribute their music. The band would just do everything themselves, from producing to distribution.”

This quote immediately made me think about print publication and
self-promotion. From punk zines to beat productions, both genres have been
about authorship and being self-made. Self-promotion has always been a major
staple in hip-hop and punk rock, alongside shared anti-authoritarian messages.
These strong similarities helped me draw a closer connection to these two
genres that I previously never noticed.

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