Growing up With Hip-Hop


Bah Black, 15, a young rapper from Bushwick (Hannah Olivennes / The Brooklyn Ink)

A mini-documentary about hip-hop in Brooklyn’s projects.

Brooklyn has been a birthplace for hip-hop since the very beginning. More importantly, its housing developments are some of the most well-known incubators of hip-hop talent in the world. Artists like Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., and Mos Def, all found their voice through their childhood in Brooklyn’s projects. We followed children, teenagers and adults and asked them how hip-hop influenced their lives, and how their lives influenced their hip-hop.

A collaboration between Hannah Olivennes from The Brooklyn Ink and Nic Stone of NYC in Focus.




Where Brooklyn At? Hip-hop’s travelling geographical center. 





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2 Responses to “Growing up With Hip-Hop”

  1. Keef Ward
    December 12, 2011 at 4:56 PM #

    Thank you Nic Stone, Hannah Olivennes, The Brooklyn Ink and NYC InFocus for another fine piece featuring the talented participants of our Bushwick community center, CS1!

    We very much appreciate all that you have done to showcase the formidable skills and abilities of our kids + teens and help to put Cornerstone One, Grand St. Settlement further in the public eye. It was a such a pleasure to have you come through and show your genuine interest in getting our stories told to the world. Hip Hop is the lifeblood of many of our participants and helping to have their voices heard is a splendid gift.

    Thank you again!

    Keef Ward
    Multimedia Director
    CS1 (Cornerstone One)
    Grand St. Settlement

    Come visit us online:!/WeAreCS1

  2. Monique Glover
    December 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM #

    I think the piece was heartfelt and inspiring to many. Especially professionals in the creative and or hip hop industry. Hip Hop is one of the most influential music genre’s and the coolest thing is it started in and around the “projects”. Would I would have liked to see was comments from Hip Hop artist and or professionals that grew up in the “projects” and or “project environment” to have made it more well rounded.
    I love those kids and keep up the good work Hannah Olivennes.

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