Presentation Title

Origin of Bay Area Hip Hop

Location

Guzman 111

Start Date

4-19-2018 2:40 PM

End Date

4-19-2018 2:55 PM

Department

History

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Jordan Lieser, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

There is minimal scholarly research on the origin story of Bay Area hip hop, despite various articles and books by hip hop experts and artists. The overall viewpoint that emerges from secondary literature is that hip hop originated on the East Coast and eventually emerged on the West Coast with it’s own unique style. These accounts, while well researched only include a few mainstream figures and styles related to the Los Angeles hip hop scene. Looking past mainstream hip hop, this study pieces together the origins of Bay Area hip hop through both mainstream and underground key figures of the West Coast such as E-40, Too Short, and Keak Da Sneak, and how it shaped present day Bay Area hip hop culture. The study will incorporate previously unused primary sources such as local magazines and interviews of Bay Area hip hop DJs to create a more comprehensive understanding of Bay Area hip hop’s creation and development.

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Origin of Bay Area Hip Hop

Guzman 111

There is minimal scholarly research on the origin story of Bay Area hip hop, despite various articles and books by hip hop experts and artists. The overall viewpoint that emerges from secondary literature is that hip hop originated on the East Coast and eventually emerged on the West Coast with it’s own unique style. These accounts, while well researched only include a few mainstream figures and styles related to the Los Angeles hip hop scene. Looking past mainstream hip hop, this study pieces together the origins of Bay Area hip hop through both mainstream and underground key figures of the West Coast such as E-40, Too Short, and Keak Da Sneak, and how it shaped present day Bay Area hip hop culture. The study will incorporate previously unused primary sources such as local magazines and interviews of Bay Area hip hop DJs to create a more comprehensive understanding of Bay Area hip hop’s creation and development.