USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Linda LaPointe Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Dawn Cecil, Ph.D. Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Third Advisor

Lisa Holland-Davis, Ph.D. Professor, College of Arts and Sciences


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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.. I was sitting at home after school one day watching MTV when a music video for Eric B. and Rakim's "Don't Sweat the Technique" came on. I remember watching it and not believing what I was hearing" (Capella). My introduction to hip hop began in 1998 at the age of thirteen when my older brother Domenic picked me up from school one day. As we were driving home, he was listening to a cassette of a genre of music that I had not heard before. It was different. The rhythm was not like anything I had heard. I began to focus on what the artist was saying; I'm bout to hit you wit that tradional style of cold rockin Givin options for head knockin non stoppin Tip-toppin lyrics we droppin but styles can be forgotten So we bring back the raw hip-hoppin Just like the records and tapes you be coppin Cop some breakdancin, boogie poppin, and lockin Tic tockin, guaranteed to have you clockin We only get better and only better we have gotten This type of flow don't even think about stoppin Beware; the length of the rhyme flow can be shockin (KRS One, "Step Into A World"). I'll remember that moment for as long as I live. That moment allowed me to choose hip hop as the subject for my thesis.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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