Monthly Archives: January 2014

The 50 Greatest Hip Hop Albums of All Time

Listen, listen, listen to as much hip hop as you can, because you’re going to be making your own song soon.

Here is a link to Rolling Stone’s article about the 50 greatest hip hop songs of all time, starting with one of my favourites, Public Enemy’s Fight the Power from their 1990 album ‘Fear of a Black Planet’.

Mr. Kozak

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The Disposable Heroes of Hiphopricy

In your Music Journals:
Write a two sentence summary about The Disposable Heroes of Hiphopricy.
Listen to the song Television, the drug of a nation. Put the lyrics into your Journal.
Write a summary of what the song is about.
HINT: there are website to assist you. Remember to use and hone/sharpen your BIG6 research skills.

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The Hip Hop Years – questions – Part 2

The Hip Hop Years questions: part 2
How do you win a rap battle?
How do you earn recognition as a great DJ?
What were some techniques DJs used?
What is rapping?
What was the type of music made in the South Bronx made in the 1970’s finally called?
What was wrong with Rapper’s Delight?

What is tagging or graffiti?

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Who do you look up to?

Is it one of these people?

Mr. Kozak

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The Hip Hop Years – review part 1

The Hip Hop Years
Questions for review:
Where did hip hop start? When?
What type of environment was it?
What type of music was hip hop a reaction to?
What equipment was necessary to make the music?
What part of the song was used by DJ Kool Herc?
BONUS: What is the logo on the orange hat?
What were B Boys/Girls?
What does this dancing and music express?
What three things did Afrika Bambaataa do?
What was the Zulu Nation?

What did the police do about their illegal block parties and why?

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Beat matching by knowing the tempo

Grade 9 Students,

To assist you with your mashups, you can use this online metronome tool to tap the tempo of the song you hear. This will give you the beats per minute (BPM) of the song.

When you do it for both tracks and they are the same tempo (for example, 113 BPM), then you can combine them in GarageBand.

MAKE SURE the beats line up. Even though the two songs might be the same tempo, they will be out of sync and the song’s rhythm will be bizarre.

It take patience to do this – trial and error.

Mr. Kozak

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The consequences of location and reverb when recording music

This video is an amazing demonstration of how the environment affects reverb. Fantastic editing.

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