Who rules hip hop’s past?
Boston Globe - 10/24/2014
Any debate about a canon is also a debate about who owns a culture. Hip-hop, in a sense, belongs to the world now, but it arose as the organic expression of a real urban community with its own concerns, identity, and values. “For aging hip-hop heads, the music, dance, and art of hip-hop literally changed the way they see themselves and how they experience the world,” said Murray Forman, an associate professor at Northeastern University who is studying aging in hip-hop as a fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard, in an e-mail. “As [they] construct their tributes and memorial events, they are invested in getting the story ‘right.’”