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Posted by harmonious assembler 6 comments Jazz, Poetry, Rap: Cause and Effect of the Black Arts Movement The Black Arts Movement brought the advent of a new aesthetics that would forever change the social landscape for Black artists once excluded from the conventional art world.

This time period, which spanned close to a decade, between 1965-1975, was when an influx of new ideas led to new cultural norms nationwide and also marked the induction of the early hip-hop expressions that have become common practice in terms of style, vernacular, and music.

There are three frequently referenced architects of the modern hip-hop aesthetic, particularly regarding the creation of rap, and they are Amiri Baraka, The Last Poets, and Gil Scott-Heron.

  1. Maybe five years ago, Nate [Marshall] and I began a conversation about working on the book together. I think in part the engagement with the culture, and then the sonics thereof.
  2. I think in part the engagement with the culture, and then the sonics thereof. So that may be an element of the social media aspect.
  3. And I think for us, what we see ourselves doing as artists, as writers of this sort, is not separate from that.
  4. There have been a lot of conversations happening regarding race and police violence in this country.
  5. Baraka argued that jazz has a divine and otherworldly purpose, but translates into the human experience as being inherently political. And I think there are poems in the book that upon first read are impossible to decipher.

It was Baraka at that time Leroi Jones amongst a full community of movers and shakers who identified as artists, storytellers, and revolutionaries that changed the standard for artistic expression nationwide by celebrating Afrocentricity, bringing the voice of the African Diaspora into common practice within the arts. His most referenced contribution to Black arts, and really to all arts, was his work as a poet.

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His commentary on the musicians of that time focused on magnifying the subtleties of newly conceived expressions, whether from John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, or Sonny Rollins. Baraka argued that jazz has a divine and otherworldly purpose, but translates into the human experience as being inherently political.

Of course his petri dish of study always stemmed back to his own—the Black community, but always reached to the depths of the general American psyche, which he saw as a law of cause and effect through history that manifests in the music of our society. So the Blues is our national consciousness, no matter what kind of music we play.

The original 3 set off to continue on as The Original Last Poets. From a musical and rhythm standpoint, the Last Poets were heavily influenced by jazz.

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  • And their cultural children;
  • And I think these communities form because of the desire to further the aesthetic innovations of this moment and this culture.

Typically using drums, hand percussions, and vocal techniques emulating the effects of additional percussions, playing back and forth polyrhythmically, their use of rhyme was strategic but effortless. The clever use of repetition, literary devices, and tone manipulation are obvious precursors to early day hip-hop. Another important element was that of improvisation.

Jazz, Poetry, Rap: Cause and Effect of the Black Arts Movement

The volleying of sounds, syllables, themes; the layering of choral voices, changes in octave and intonation, were done on the spot and became an important component of this new family of performance art.

A comparison of black rappers and black poet writers Last Poets pushed a political narrative bigger than them, and was able to capture the masses because of the relatability of their messages from 125th Street to the academic elite, and asserted themselves the urban street griots, talking politics in public spaces. The storytelling component to their songs touched upon a collective consciousness that is still very much relevant in hip-hop today.

Gil Scott-Heron was another dynamic and commanding orator who utilized the platform of the stage, the aural landscape provided by the live band, and his deep resonating voice to create anecdotes and parables into performance, and consequently became one of the most endearing poets to also set the stage for modern day rappers.

Gil Scott-Heron released Winter in America in 1974. The famous collaboration with Brian Jackson is still one of the greatest jazz poetry albums of all time. There is no question that there is more than a musical connectedness between the two genres, but one of experience and soul, and what all of these artists have articulated as the Blues.

Gil Scott-Heron, like Baraka and the Last Poets also had this similar relationship to the Blues, as a cultural skeleton informing African diasporic arts, music and life as one in the same. With that said, this generational thread connecting jazz and hip-hop then becomes the basis and reason of the musical likeness. These trailblazers left a statement of cultural validation that helped breed hip-hop and allow it to thrive.

Though the context has changed, consequently changing the popular form as it does every few decadesthe legacy of the Black Arts Movement is in the DNA of hip-hop as an arts culture, and rap as a medium.

The ethereal quality and essence of Black music will continue to live on so long as there is music in our country no matter in what form.

  1. But one black man walked up to the two young men, and I walked up, and I took one by his shoulder. Or that it has increased— Kevin.
  2. Do you know what you mean to us? Nate is younger, although looks older than both Quraysh and I.
  3. You get stories not only of urban experience, but there are also some Afro-Latin poets in the book. Before that it was common meter, which is what the church music was in.

Words by Boyuan Gao.