Throughout this project young people from Derby’s Roma Community Care Youth Club have completed sessions to connect with the history of hip hop and uncover some of the stories of Derby hip hop in our city:
They completed sessions on five hip hop ‘elements’ researching the hip hop elements and completing ‘hands on’ workshops with a range of practitioners who brought expertise and hip hop experience to the project including:
Young people completed research on hip hop dance using online research and books plus images donated by Deda of their event ‘A Hip Hop Happening’ (image left projected on screen at youth club). Trinity Warriors visited the youth club to deliver a session – members performed for the young people, the young people had an opportunity to have a go themselves, and they learnt about writing lyrics. One young person commented “It’s something I always wanted to learn but never had the confidence”. For another member of the group it inspired them to facilitate their own lyric writing workshop: “The best part was people reading back what they had said…the hardest thing was keeping everyone’s attention”
MCs, LYRIC WRITING, MUSIC PRODUCTION.
Young people learnt about MCs and DJs and experimented writing and performing lyrics which they then performed for staff and other young people at youth club (image right Lucia performing her lyrics).
They have also learnt about different music production techniques and had a visit from Courtney Rose from Take One Studios. Local artist Eyez also facilitated a session at youth club, performing for the young people, being interviewed for the project, explaining the link between hip hop and grime, and hearing the young people rap – described as one person’s ‘dream’.
The group learnt about the roots of graffiti on the subways of New York in the 1970s using the book ‘Subway Art’ by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant which documented the explosion of subway graffiti art. They met a graffiti artist who donated copies of photographs of Derby park graffiti to the project and worked with the young people to research different graffiti styles to create their own pieces. Some members created name boards, one young person sprayed her board with Gitana: “Gitana means Gypsie in Spanish…I am proud to be Gypsie”.
The artist also worked with the young people to create style boards to represent each decade of hip hop from the 1970s to present day (image left and right) which were displayed as part of the exhibition at Derby Museum.
“This is the first time I did the artist graffiti. It was difficult but the artist helped me : ) “.
The group also developed film skills and interview skills with Front Row Films in consultation with East Midlands Oral History Archive. They used these skills to interview people from Derby hip hop. Interviews collected include Wes, Baby J, BFG, Sire the Graff Man, Skinny Man, Kyalo, JD, and Eyez covering over 30 years of Derby hip hop.
“During the process of ﬁlming young people assisted both in the sense of operating cameras, sound recording equipment and lighting equipment and crewing the ﬁlm. They learnt skills such as using an external shot gun microphone, boom pole and external sound recorder, using multiple cameras to achieve different camera angles and using lights for three point lighting set ups
Following the ﬁlming of the interviews, the raw footage was taken back to the Youth Club where it was presented on a laptop linked to a projector screen. There young people were able to gain an insight into basic editing techniques using Final Cut Pro X and to make decisions on the final timeline.”
Read the interview summaries.