Journal of Undergraduate Research


compadres de los suburbios, hip-hop, Andean Sprawl, El Alto, music




Spanish and Portuguese


For as long as we have recognized the existence of music, it has been inevitably and profoundly representative of our world’s many diverse cultures. By chance, just the other week I had the opportunity to chat with some family members about the origins of modern hip-hop music in the United States; it was fascinating to not only agree upon some wide-spread fundamental influences such as the classic rhythm and blues of Ray Charles and the boundary-pushing synth tunes of Kraftwerk, but also to recognize that while pulling from these influences, modern hip-hop has become something entirely of its own. The influences of older music genres in conjunction with the experiences lived by the artists themselves creates something worthy of our scrutiny.