“Old Schooling: Why Hip-Hop Nostalgia Is on the Rise” David Turner, Rolling Stone, 9 July 2015

“Hip-Hop is always ready to champion the next. Though the foundation of sampling old records and shout-outs to forefathers forever keeps one eye towards the past, young fans of the genre crave originality and the cutting-edge”.

Graphic novels, television, feature films and documentaries are resurrecting the culture's past in what appears to be a mini-renaissance of hip-hop nostalgia. The legendary DJ was struck by the Luhrmann's attention to detail about to this long-overlooked period, "We're talking about a time-span of information that hasn't been asked about by most journalists", Flash says, who feels frustration with how Seventies hip-hop is too often glossed over in the history books. Nevertheless, that's starting to change as graphic novelists such as Julian Voloj and documentarians like Shan Nicholson have been tracing the culture's origin stories, notably how Bronx street gangs acted as a midwife to hip-hop's birth. Although, that come-up era is oft overshadowed by the heavily commercialized, crossover-heavy decades that preceded it, people like Nelson George — who covered hip-hop in Billboard before terms like "rap" were codified — have always looked to those early years as a time worthy of its mythologizing. "Furthermore, hip-hop's vitality went beyond just affecting pop music; its impact could be felt in movies, TV and, most tangibly through fashion”. In addition, the nostalgia for 1990s rap and the Cross Colours era of hip-hop consumerism is reflected, though not critiqued in the recent indie-film success story Dope. So while the current wave of hip-hop nostalgia gives artists like Jenkins, Famuyiwa and Voloj a moment to relive and reflect, it also allows for a necessary re-engagement with the past — especially given that fact that the issues that led to lead to the creation of hip-hop (police brutality, poor schooling, neglected neighborhoods) have not gone away.

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“Old Schooling: Why Hip-Hop Nostalgia Is on the Rise” David Turner, Rolling Stone, 9 July 2015


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