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Hip Hop Research: On its own Terms

“Hip Hop has been my salvation. If would have never met Hip Hop I don’t know where I would be. I love Hip Hop.” (Laksmi B-Girl) From its birth in the 70’s in the Bronx of New York, Hip Hop has crossed borders and surpassed generations to reach many hearts of youth around the world. The youth of Quito are no exception. Quito has a vibrant Hip Hop community which continues to grow and impact the culture of the city and the lives of many. This summer, Pachaysana in collaboration with the University of Northwestern, Cultural Center Nina Shunku, and Casa Machankara embarked in a research project focused on Hip Hop. The purpose for this project was to use the tools and methodologies that made sens

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