ORIGINS is an ongoing project documenting the social roots of hip hop culture in New York City, a reportage of the social conditions that gave rise to hip hop as a form of expression in the projects of the city’s 5 boroughs.
The music of hip hop is the outcome of a hood lifestyle in communities living with poverty, violence, racism, drugs, crime and unemployment: a climate where opportunity does not knock.
Despite its modern day appeal and commercialization, hip hop was born in the ghettos of New York City and it’s still there where you will find it’s heartland.


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