AP great job so far on the site! I really like what I've seen so far. I think you definitely found the right design and the West Coast lettered background really ties together the whole thing. I think the opening description on the main page is very well written and gives a good, short outlook on what your site is all about. I also like the fact you structured your content through different years listing them in chronological order as buttons bellow it. Grey looks good for it. Do you have any plans for the white space at the bottom? It looks a bit out of place. Maybe add something there or shorten it. The DJ Mustard and Kendrick page is very interesting too. I like the incorporation of videos and the fact that you have a photo of both and then give the story of each artist. Do you plan on including a quote from Kendrick like you did for Mustard? Kendrick is really insightful so I'm sure you could find something great. I know you planned to have the DJ Mustard sound clip play right when you click on the page, but it doesn't do it for me so I don't know if that’s something you're still working on or if you changed your mind. Good work so far overall! I’m excited to see where you go from here. I included a link to your site on my “In Pop Culture” page, as I will be directing my viewers to you to learn more about rap.
Remember that this is a highly technical topic that you are discussing. It would probably be worthwhile to define all the roles in rap production, as well as some of the basic elements and styles. For example, DJ Mustard talks a bit about the differences between production and beat making, and a bit more exposition would be helpful. Additionally, you should try and add a bit more flow to your site. As of now, it seems to be forming itself into a list of several musicians; while this is okay, be sure that there is more uniting these musicians than just location. You do not necessarily have to be heavy handed in making an argument, but do be sure to make larger points about the various artists and their works. One thing that might help you is to go over the various movements and themes a little more. Concepts like the Bay movement, as well as several key variables in the creation of rap, might help you create a more cohesive picture. You seem to have done your time period research, but you could do a bit more movement research.
I particularly liked the way that you look and plan to look at the financial aspects; various record groups, the challenges of being produced, and the possible financial implications of careers. You might want to consider looking at financial statements and production records to gain a bit more information; perhaps looking at where certain groups toured, or looking at who each record company’s market was. Best of luck as you continue to do your work, and remember to look at the larger picture!
I really like the concept of your site so far, because I think that west coast rap is a unique and interesting topic. I agree with Shasta in that it would likely be helpful to viewers to have some definitions of the terms that you use on your home page. I like that you have a clear description on your home page, but I once you've done more research you could really hone that description down to make a really powerful argument. In terms of formatting your home page, I like the west coast background and also that you show time progression. However, I don't really like how you formatted the website description: the white text and the shape of the text is hard to read.
I also really like how you've done your Kendrick Lamar/DJ Mustard page. I think that you've constructed your information in a visually appealing way but also a way that helps the viewer learn about west coast rap from the attitudes of the rappers/producers themselves. I like that you frequently quote Kendrick Lamar and DJ Mustard and that you start DJ Mustard's section with a quote. Something I think you should focus on moving forward is what is the purpose of your site/who is the audience? While I think that autoplay of DJ Mustard is a cool effect, it might be jarring for someone trying to do research in a quiet library.
The last thing thing I have to comment on is the formatting of your DJ Mustard/Kendrick Lamar page. I think that the formatting is really cool so far because you use a wide variety of sources and all of the sources work really well together. However, while the pre class essay on "i" looks really cool, it is difficult to read. Also, I'm pretty sure that you can't include entire clips of songs because the link you have included to Kendrick Lamar's "i" comes up as blocked.
Overall, I think you have great progress! Keep working on it and thinking about who you want the audience of your site to be.
First off - great job overall! Your website is really clearly organized, user friendly, and I genuinely enjoyed reading through it.
Home page: I really like the pyramid formatting of your introduction and your links, but the background image is a bit distracting/makes the text difficult to read. Maybe find a lighter image or blur it out a little or add a filter of some kind to make the words on the screen easier to read. I'm glad that you added the disclaimer at the bottom and it's worth considering putting it on the bottom of every page.
The Beginnings: The intro was great but I would tread with caution with your line "racist white police who harassed the black people." As this is a sensitive subject, I believe that you can convey your point with a word other than "racist," as this is a public project. In your paragraph that gives background information on the Watts Prophets, I suggest bolding their name the first time you refer to them to tell the reader to pay attention. I like that you added a link to their song!
N.W.A: Great introduction to the group! When you were discussing their initial split, I was curious to know what year that happened in, so I would include a date if that's available. Other than that the page looks good.
Snoop Dogg, E-40 & The Game: Oh AP. This page reflects your personality quite well. From the line "(the dank dank)" to the soundbite, I was instantly amused. When you first refer to Dr. Dre I would suggest linking back to the page on the NWA for readers that may have skipped ahead and then wanted background on who Dr. Dre is. Since you discuss "Drop It Like It's Hot" it would be more relevant to have that video below your paragraph rather than another one of his songs. I liked that you linked to another website for more information.
DJ Mustard & Kendrick Lamar: I like that you have another soundbite - shows consistency and a theme! The whole portion on DJ Mustard is great! Your paragraph on Kendrick Lamar was well-written but I felt that it was lacking some "oomf." Kendrick Lamar (in my opinion) is one of the largest and most beloved figures in rap right now, but I wouldn't have understood the magnitude of his success from the paragraph alone. Maybe add some quotes from other rappers about Kendrick to show his influence and importance today.
Overall - keep up the good work! Can't wait to see more!
Great work on your website! I love the theme, and your exploration of the progression of rap on the west coast.
On the Home Page I really like how you have your text centered and moving down in a pyramid like way. I would suggest though, that you rethink the background image. The text in the background distracts from the text, and makes it hard to read. I do like the black and white theme of the home page and the buttons arranged like a timeline. I like how you have the years, and would suggest putting the years in the header titles. Maybe put the years as the main title pages and then have a drop down menu of the different artists that fit underneath this year. I think this would better organize your website, and allow the reader to know what they are clicking on when they click “N.W.A”. If the title was “1986-1991 Rap” and then below it was “N.W.A” then the reader could understand that “N.W.A” is under that category. I think by adding this extra title page would allow you to define rap characteristics of this time period, which you could then show through the different artists you talk about. Other than that minor thing, your discussion on the different artists is great!
Another thing I would suggest is separating the artists, instead of putting them all in one page. This would allow you to add more sources (pictures, songs, videos) without the page getting over crowded. Right now the different artists bleed into each other and there is no real barrier showing where one starts and another begins. This separation would make it easier for the viewer to read and make it more visually appealing.
The overall message of your website is very strong, and the research you have done is very extensive! I think you website is going in a great direction, and I am excited to see the finished product!
This is such a cool site, and I love how you're exploring the history of a local art form with respect to its social influences. You've done so much work on this and you have all of your content, so anything you have left to do should be busy work like organization. I love how you've used so many different types of media, such as photographs, sound, videos, and block quotations, as your topic works well with this type of experimentation.
My biggest suggestion would be to proofread all of your paragraphs for small spelling and grammatical errors (I've found a few -- check out your first sentence on "The Beginnings"). Aside from that, your site could benefit from some spacial organization. Formatting your text so that it aligns with columns on each side might make your pages look more streamlined. Since the biographies of the rappers are sometimes jumbled around many photographs, it can be hard to tell which rapper you are speaking of. Also, since your pre-class essays are probably the best sections of deep analysis of the rapper's lyrics, I would suggest that you incorporate that text into the paragraphs of your pages rather than inserting your essays as separate documents. As a reader, it's easy to ignore the document widget. Lastly, I see that you have links for your photographs listed on your "Works Cited" page, but make sure that you also indicate a source when you make claims or state obscure information in the text on your pages.
Good luck finishing this weekend!
1979 through 1986 was totaly left out of your site
why? and if you need the full story let me know.
otherwise great work