from the hoodrats to the rich kids lost in a bubble spray painting on the streets and at the subway tunnels write it down and remember that we never gave in the mind of a child is where the revolution begins
i love this song, the beat, the lyrics, to bits. would be a perfect intro to a drama film…
A photography exhibition entitled “Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo and Martha Cooper” will escort viewers back in time via a nostalgia-inducing series of photographs capturing the zeitgeist of one of culture’s most decisive moments.
And while the music was undoubtedly the standout aspect of this cultural moment, the style wasn’t bad either. Bucket hats, boom boxes, gold chains, flat tops – the spirit of hip-hop wasn’t just pulsing through speaker systems, it was all over the streets.
“Now see, I understand what my people have said. They tell me to fight. Fight for the ancestors who are dead. For Harriet Tubman, Move Organization, David Walker, The Black Panthers, Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, Jane Pittman…Revolution!”
phrases you definitely have memorized if u watch literally any Hamilton cast interviews
- “and I said, ‘that’s a terrible idea, please send me the script’”
- “hip hop is the music of revolution”
- “it’s a story of America then, told by America now”
- “i wrote wait for it on the train to my friend’s birthday party”
With Hamilton, it’s a perfect marriage of function and form. Hip hop is uniquely suited to tell his story - growing up orphaned, penniless. Hip hop has the energy of revolution, has the energy of struggle, has the energy that a story like Hamilton’s demands. This is a story about America-then, told by America-now. And we want to eliminate any distance between a contemporary audience and this story and I think our casting helps with that. They look like our city and they look like our country and I think that helps us put ourselves in the Founders’ shoes. (x)