Hip Hop – Show me how you Pop, Lock and Break!

This week we learnt about Hip Hop – about its origins, gangsta rap, Mcing, breaking, popping and locking.

You Got Served! (2004 Sony Pictures)
You Got Served!
(2004 Sony Pictures)

The lecture was so awesome! It took me back to when I used to listen to a lot of Nelly, OutKast, B2K, Pdiddy, Lucdacris and many more.

Reading Henderson’s, ‘Dancing Between Islands: Hip Hop and the Samoan Diaspora, and finding out that Hip Hop dancing, such as popping, locking and breaking, did not just come from America, but was also influenced by the Samoans was very interesting. So for this post I’d like to talk a bit about Hip Hop dancing.

When thinking about Hip Hop dancing, I instantly think of movies like, Step Up 3 and You Got Served – mainly because they strongly represent modern representations, of popping, locking and breaking; but who are remembered at the core of these dance techniques?  Step Up 3, 2010

Jorge “Popmaster Fabel” Pabon credits people such as ‘The Lockers’ and  ‘The Electric Boogaloo Lockers,” for locking and popping.

He explains locking as a, “specific movement which glues together combinations of steps and moves similar to a freeze and sudden pause…Dancers combined fancy step patterns with the legs and moves done in various sequences,” and popping as, “Transitions between steps, moves that are fluid and unpredictable.”  The Electric Boogaloo Lockers

Break dancing is described as a time for B-Boys and B-Girls to “Go Off”, (As Kool DJ Herc would say), during a hectic break in a song.  (Pabon, J 1999)

Suga Pop!  Photo via Dancelounge.com.au
Suga Pop!
Photo via Dancelounge.com.au

Going back to Samoan influence, the main Hip Hop dancer brought up in the reading was Suga Pop, who exceptionally pops and locks, and is mentioned as having worked along side Michael Jackson – choreographing and performing in ‘Thriller’ music video, (One of the most awesome music videos to exist!), and also has had a massive influence on the Hip Hop dancing in New Zealand too! 

Overall Hip Hop dancing is awesome and most importantly inspirational, and will continue to express a part of this epic genre of music!

 Michael Jackson 1982, Vevo 

References: 

Henderson, A (2006) ‘Dancing Between Islands: Hip Hop and the Samoan Diaspora’ The Vinyl Ain’t Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture Basu, Dipannita and Sidney J. Lemelle, eds. London: Pluto Press, pp. 180 – 200

Pabon, J 1999, Physical Graffiti: ‘The History of Hip Hop Dance’, accessed 24/8/13, http://www.daveyd.com/historyphysicalgrafittifabel.html

Parochial, Orientalism and Stereotypes – are people really that narrow-minded?

In week three’s lecture and tutorial class we learnt and discussed about international students’ experiences within Australia.

Both in lecture and tutorial a key word that was brought up, and I thought it would be highly ideal to further discuss was ‘Parochial.’The definition for this keyword, (as most would know by now), is to be narrow-minded; to be – “Merely local, narrow or restricted in scope.” (2004, ‘Australian Oxford Dictionary’)

In our reading, Simon Marginson used this term by explaining that, as Australians we have been too narrow-minded or parochial in our attitudes towards international students. That we have not attempted to make an effort to communicate with students who are not Australian; is this true?

I am not going to totally ignore Margin son’s belief on this, but I would like to argue – bring to the table if you will, the idea that whether you’re an international student studying in Australia, or an Australian that studies internationally that the concept of parochial might be extended with stereo typing, our narrow minded perceptions on what we believe other countries are like.

Earlier this year I studied a topic in one of my subjects; this theory is called ‘Orientalism’. Edward W. Said has many theories on Orientalism, but the one that I believe strongly links up to being parochial is represented in the following quote:

“One aspect of the electronic, postmodern world is that there has been a reinforcement of the stereotypes by which the orient is viewed. Television, the films, and all the media’s resources have forced information into more and more standardized molds.” (Said, E 2001 p2011)

This then in turn can also link up to the television show mentioned in lecture, “Dumb, Drunk and Racist.” Are we really all these things, or have we just been stereotyped and people are parochial of Australians as well?

Overall my opinion is that its best not to be narrow-minded, but instead enrich our minds, have a deeper look at the beauty international friendships can be!

References: 

Australian Oxford Dictionary (2ed.)  2004, Oxford University Press, accessed 20/8/13, http://www.oxfordreference.com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/view/10.1093/acref/9780195517965.001.0001/m-en_au-msdict-00001-0040202?rskey=5rhmWv&result=15 

Marginson S, 2012, Morphing a profit-making business into an intercultural experience: ‘International education as self-formation’, Centre for the study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne. 

Said, E 2001, ‘From Orientalism’, in V Leitch (ed.), The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, W. W. Norton, New York, pp1991-2012