Deconstructing Hip-Hop Aesthetics


“Hip-hop, whose entire aesthetic, at least as promulgated on cable and Radio, seems to be based on the world’s oldest profession; all men are pimps and all the women are hos.”
Natalie Hopkinson & Natalie Y. Moore in ‘Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation’

Here’s a small compilation of some pretty clever deconstructions of visual politics of Hip Hop and R&B (- branding), through various détournement and mashup strategies.

Joseph Ernst: Hip-Hop Movie, 2007

Claire Chanel : Three Six Mafia, Stay Fly (Robotrip Edit), 2005

Oliver Laric : (>’.’)>=O____l_*__O=<('.'<), 2008

Michael Bell-Smith : Chapters 1-12 of R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet Synced and Played Simultaneously, 2005