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ORIGINS: The roots of hip hop in New York City

ORIGINS is an intimate reportage exploring the culture of hip hop as a form of expression and a reaction to the conditions faced by African Americans living in the housing projects of New York City.

The elements of music, dance and art associated with hip hop are the outcomes of a hood lifestyle in communities faced with poverty, violence, racism, drugs, crime and unemployment. It is a climate where opportunity does not knock. To the African Americans for which adverse social conditions still exist, hip hop is not simply music... it is a way of life.

Despite a modern day global appeal and widespread commercialization that sees life imitating art, at its heartland in the 5 boroughs the humble roots of hip hop remain. The rawness of the day to day existence cultivates and informs that which becomes expression.

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