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Hip-Hop as a Cultural Movement - Hip-Hop is a cultural movement that emerged from the dilapidated South Bronx, New York in the early 1970’s. The area’s mostly African American and Puerto Rican residents originated this uniquely American musical genre and culture that over the past four decades has developed into a global sensation impacting the formation of youth culture around the world. The South Bronx was a whirlpool of political, social, and economic upheaval in the years leading up to the inception of Hip-Hop. The early part of the 1970’s found many African American and Hispanic communities desperately seeking relief from the poverty, drug, and crime epidemics engulfing the gang dominated neighborhoods....   [tags: Hip-Hop Culture ]
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Th Future of Hip Hop - From its conception in the 1970's and throughout the 1980's, hip hop was a self-contained entity within the community that created it. This means that all the parameters set for the expression came from within the community and that it was meant for consumption by the community. Today, the audience is from outside of the community and doesn’t share the same experiences that drive the music. An artists’ success hinges on pleasing consumers, not the community. In today's world, it isn’t about music that rings true for those who share the artists' experiences, but instead, music that provides a dramatic illusion for those who will never share the experiences conveyed....   [tags: Hip Hop Music, Total Chaos]
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The Beginning of Hip Hop Culture and B-Boy Battling - Music screeching through the room, crowds going wild, and anticipation growing inside while holding a b-boy stance in the South Bronx. A young boy holds his ground as his peers dance to the music, but as the break segment of the song awakens, the young boy rushes to the middle of the dance floor. As few people know, this is established the start of a worldwide phenomenon and lifestyle. Hip hop is a misunderstood culture that has been driven out from its roots by media and the new generation. Society knows little behind the birth of hip hop, but as for the dance portion of hip hop, b-boying is the true art form....   [tags: hip hop,] 2143 words
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The Hip Hop Culture - You’re standing in a crowd amongst thousands of fans at an Eminem concert, people from all over, shoulder to shoulder in a massive stadium, singing along every word of their favorite song for hours. People from all over are connected to each other through the power of music. When it comes to music, the life experiences, inspiration, and current events play a tremendously significant role. Hip hop is a form of art which can be expressed through rap songs, break-dancing, and graffiti art. The culture has become so popular that it has entered today’s fashion and modern language....   [tags: Hip-hop, Social Identity, Values]
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Hip Hop Dance - Hip hop dance was important to African American culture because it allowed them to create their own culture, their own music their own style. When watching Flex is Kings, there are many young men in a video demonstrating what hip hop dance culture has evolved to in the 21st century. They are a contemporary urban dance movement. One can see the emotion and the “seriousness” in their movements. Hip hop dance is these people’s lives’(“Flex Is Kings”). Flex is a type of street dance, sometimes is called “bone breaking” due to their moves looking like a person either has no bones or that they are literally breaking them to create the skin cringing dances they create(“Flexing”)....   [tags: Hip Hop Dance Essays]
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Hip Hop and its Beneficial Influence - Throughout the past years Hip Hop and Rap artist use their music to express their views, opinions, and how they are feelings in their songs. From the artist lyrics some will have an understanding of what the artist is talking about because either they have done the same things or is having the same problem. The first amendment of the constitution is freedom of speech and that is all the artist is doing. Although there are many people saying rap music should be concealed because it spread a negative influence on the youth....   [tags: hip hop, rap, music, influence, ] 635 words
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Hip hop - Music has been around since the beginning of civilization. Music was used to tell myths, religious stories, and warrior tales. Since the beginning of civilization music has greatly progressed. Music still tells a story, we know just have many genres to satisfy the cultural and social tastes of our modern society. Hip Hop is a genre of music that has significantly grown the last couple of decades. It's increased popularity has brought it to the forefront of globalization. Technological advances has made it easy for Hip Hop to spread out globally....   [tags: Music, Rap, Hip Hop] 2078 words
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The Effects of Hip Hop on Today's Youth - The Effects of Hip hop Music on Today’s Youth Does hip-hop music effect today’s youth in a positive or negative way. The effects of hip-hop music has been disputable following the time when its rise into the social standard in the late twentieth century, but Hip- hop music is not just one sided but can be both positive and negative on today’s youth. What is hip-hop. Assuming that you address hip-hop fans, the term alludes to more than simply a musical type - it incorporates an entire society, including dance structures, graffiti symbolization, and fashion (Selke INT)....   [tags: Positive Impacts, Negative Impacts, Hip Hop]
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Effects of Hip-Hop Culture on the Youth - Hip hop culture is known for its negative reputation. It is often thought as an entrance way into gangs, illegal drug activity, and malicious behavior. In today’s culture it is important to lead kids toward a positive direction in life but the hip hop culture of today is not steering youth in that direction. This is because hip-hop has moved away from what it was supposed to be used for. This genre of music was supposed to be used to for personal expression and growth not to create negative images for the youth and encourage them to change their behaviors and beliefs....   [tags: music styles, clive campbell, hip hop]
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The Influence of Rap and Hip-Hop on Music and Pop Culture - Music is one of the most powerful and influential language which to many people in many cultures view as an important part in their way of life. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions which is divided into genres and subgenres. Although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, it sometimes is occasionally controversial and relates to many personal problems. One of the most influential and controversial genres of music is Hip Hop. Rapping, which is often associated with and a primary ingredient of hip hop music, has brought this genre music to the top; attracting and influencing many youth with its sophisticated style....   [tags: rap, hip-hop, youth, problems] 566 words
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Kanye West: Life of the Progressive Hip-Hop Star - as Author Ben Sweetland once said, “Success is a journey, not a destination.” Kanye West has been an icon in American hip-hop culture for over a decade. His music, fashion line, producing skills, and flamboyant personality has influenced many people for generations to come. Coming out of Chicago, many people in the music industry didn't even think Kanye had a chance to become a figure in hip-hop, but his hard work and persistence paid off. Kanye started off his music career as a producer. He produced music for the likes of major artists such as Common and Jay-Z....   [tags: american hip-hop culture, music ]
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The Negative Portrayal of Women in Hip Hop and Rap Music - Doug E. Fresh, a popular beat-boxer in rap music today, has been quoted saying, “Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.” Although this is the original intention of hip-hop music, public opinion currently holds the opposite view. Since the 1970’s musical artists have changed the face of hip-hop and rap and worldwide, people – mostly teens—have been striving to emulate certain artists and their lyrics, which has created negative stereotypes for hip-hop music and also for those who choose to listen to it....   [tags: music, hip-hop, public opinion, morality]
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Hip-Hop and Politics: Attacking The Political Powers of Government - In the 90’s we associate rappers and politicians to be on completely different sides of the spectrum. No one could ever possibly see these two parties coming together. Until now, who would of thought President Barak Obama friends with American Gangster Shawn Carter or known by his stage name Jay-Z. Two complete different people with different occupations, backgrounds, acquaintances, and power actually hanging out and having laughs together. This was the beginning of “Change and Hope” (Murray Forman) Obama was looking for....   [tags: Hip Hop, Rappers, Music, Culture, America ]
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Hip-Hop/Rap: Music Appreciation - Hip-Hop/Rap is one of the biggest growing genres of today. From its early stages in the 1970’s to today’s pop culture, it has grown quite a lot. Unfortunately, it has developed a terrible reputation of drugs, violence, abuse, and gangs. When people associate Hip-Hop with things it is usually a negative image that comes to the person’s mind. Which is sad, Hip-Hop/Rap has a great artistic quality to them that gets so easily overlooked. There is true poetry and emotion behind these lyrics and beats, but not everyone is willing to sit down and listen to it....   [tags: rap, hip hop, rappers, music, tupac]
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A Rhythmic History of Hip-Hop - A Rhythmic History of Hip-Hop Hip-hop, which originally began more than 20 years ago, has undergone many changes during its lifetime. The music has always remained centered in urban landscapes, with most performers of the music rising up from the inner-city neighborhoods. Throughout its history, hip-hop has centered on the rhythm of the beat rather than the melody, which shows the connection between modern hip-hop and traditional African tribal music, often featuring complex polyrhythms and little to no melody....   [tags: Hip Hop Music Beat Essays] 1221 words
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Hip Hop and Rap Music - Hip Hop and Rap Music Introduction Every so often a new style of music emerges that takes America by storm and comes to represent the generation that grows up with it. In the 50's it was rock'n'roll, followed by the Motown sound of the 60's. The 1970's brought folk music and disco, and in the 80's it was rap. Perhaps no other form of music has crossed as many boundaries and become a bridge between America's many cultures as rap has. Let's face it, if you listen to any current or some old rap/hip hop CDs in America there is always an intro which paves the way for the rest of the songs and gives you a taste of what the CD is going to be like....   [tags: Music Research Paper Rap Hip Hop Essays]
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Hip Hop - Hip Hop Hip-hop is a musical art form, created by African-Americans and Latino-Americans in the mid seventies. Its conception came from a young generation of African-Americans in the Bronx, who created a beautiful, prideful expression of music, art and dance from a backdrop of poverty. Since that ignition in a New York City borough, it has inspired people from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds all across the world. When hip-hop is discussed as an art form and not just as rap, it usually is meant to include the four elements: the DJ, the emcee, graffiti writing, and break dancing....   [tags: Culture Hip Hop Music Essays]
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The Roots of Hip Hop and Rap - Hip-hop started out in the Bronx in New York City with DJ Clive “Cool Herc” Campbell. A man of Jamaica, he essentially birthed the new genre of music by carrying over the Jamaican tradition of Toasting, which “is boastful poetry or over a melody provided by a deejay.” (ROOTS ‘n’ RAP, rice.edu) Its creation can be accredited to the record spinning DJ’s of the clubs of the 1970s. From this, the Master of Ceremonies (MC) was created. He would come up with creative rhymed phrases that could be delivered over a beat or acapella at dance clubs....   [tags: Biggie, Shakur, Tupac] 2733 words
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Hip Hop: The Method of Expression - From the impoverished section of Bronx, New York arose a youth culture that spread throughout the community like wild fire. Within the gang-ridden, drug-infested streets, a depravation of creativity forced underprivileged African American youths onto the streets in search of an output for their imagination. It was within these streets that hip-hop appeared as the product of independence, self-realization, creativity, and pride. Hip-hop began between the transformations from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s....   [tags: Music]
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The Globalization of Hip Hop Music - According to Wikipedia, Hip-hop music, also called rap music, is a musical genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching, breaking/dancing, and graffiti writing. Hip hop is also characterized by these other elements: sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. Hip hop music developed from party DJ's mixing and remixing popular music that was already out....   [tags: Globalization of Culture]
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The Catastrophe Known as “Hip Hop” - Through the eyes of a struggling young African American female desperately seeking for sense of her heritage, Hip Hop is all she is able to hold on to. However, as courageous writers Andreana Clay and Michael Dyson attempt to unearth deeply embedded misconceptions of our seemingly normal Hip Hop culture, her perceptions are exposed to the shattering truth that Hip Hop has become a queer identity revolting platter which serves up plagues called homophobia, sexism, racism, and violence. Hip hop, once her beloved escape is now ravaging her community with broken practices, devastated systems, crushed philosophies, and immoral ideologies....   [tags: Music] 1611 words
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Taking a Look at Hip Hop - ... Some of the most influential songs to come out of this movement were Planet Rock by Afrika bambata and The Message by Grandmaster flash. Unlike all the other established genres of music at the time hip hop had freedom, it could be sung off key, without a melody and subject matter is practically unlimited. When Hip hop first started out it was a lot about expression or saying what was on your mind, it was about being unique, being different it was all for the craft and all for the art of it, now its “big business”....   [tags: styles of popular music, music genres] 1266 words
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Hip Hop and the Recording Industry - These articles depict the controversies of the hip hop industry and how that makes it difficult for one to succeed. Many of these complications and disputes may be invisible to the population, but these articles take the time to reveal them. Even when one becomes an artist in the industry, there are many troubles that go along with the tag of being a recording artist in the urban division. One example is seen in the article, “The Business of Rap: Between the Street and the Executive Suite” by Keith Negus, where columnist, J.R....   [tags: Controversies, Response Essay]
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The History of Hip Hop - Music is an essential aspect of human cultures all over the world. Music helps guide the listener’s emotional responses and aids in developing the listener’s lifestyle customs. So many different genres of music exists in the world today, varying in tempo, language, general topic, tone, and culture, intended to affect certain religious groups, age groups, situations, or ethnic backgrounds. Genres are not necessarily constant in maintaining one sound; most genres have changed over time to become suitable for contemporary societies....   [tags: contemporary music genres] 1126 words
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Hip-Hop and To Kill a Mockingbird - Drugs, violence, and crime, the life of the stereotypical criminal black man. People’s perspectives on stereotypes like these can be influenced and changed. Bob Ewell, from To Kill A Mockingbird, greatly affects his community. Lyrics in mainstream hip-hop often seem to promote violence and crime, but often it is the artists’ mouthpiece to reveal how these stereotypes are still in place and have impact on the black community. In both hip-hop and To Kill A Mockingbird, we see how these characters with access to money and power have the ability to influence others’ views based on stereotypes....   [tags: power and stererotypes] 705 words
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Hip Hop as a Culture - The three assigned articles all dealt with hip hop as a culture in the era of the 70s. It was the time of emceeing, graffiti, break-dancing, and deejaying. It was also a time when hip hop culture was primarily thought of as African American. The first article examines how graffiti was seen in the 1970s. Graffiti was seen as a commonplace thing on the streets of New York. This is portrayed in “The Politics of Graffiti” by Craig Castleman where he explains the timeline of the rules and regulations Mayor John V....   [tags: Graffiti, DJs, Puerto Ricans]
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Radical Feminism and Hip Hop - Since its emergence in the South Bronx in the 1970’s, hip hop has spread to both urban and suburban communities throughout the world. Once an underground genre of music, it is seen in commercials, movies, television shows, etc. It has transformed from music and expanded into a full culture. It has even made its way into fashion and art. Men have always been on the front line of Hip Hop. However, the lyrics and images have changed tremendously. Lyrics and images that once spoke upon the injustices and empowerment for the African American people is now filled with money, cars, jewelry, and of course women....   [tags: Music Analysis ]
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The Art of Hip Hop - ... You see, third world countries are rich places, abundant in resources, and many of these countries have the capacity to feed their starving people and the children we always see digging for food in trash on commercials” In this statement, he shows us how underprivileged citizens of different countries are affect by poverty while their government stands by and idling watching their people suffer when they have enough resources to help the majority for the greater good of their country. They ignore the poor and push them to the side which only causes the poor to be poorer since not even their own country help them out....   [tags: ]
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Hip Hop as an Industry - All of the articles dealt with hip hop as an industry and how that industry is portrayed to African Americans through the commercialization of hip hop and stereotypes in society. The articles also discuss how that portrayal influences the opinions of African Americans to others and themselves. The first article, “About a Salary or Reality. – Rap’s Recurrent Conflict” by Alan Light, explains the evolution of hip hop from the various camps to become what it is today – a mix of the gangster rap it was from the beginning and the rap pop that grew out of it....   [tags: Commercialization, Society's Stereotypes]
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What is Hip Hop? - Despite the controversy regarding the derogative nature of Hip-hop, One cannot downplay the cultural influences that hip-hop has impressed on the world. Merriam-Webster defines hip-hop as the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap (citation). Although the conventional definition of hip-hop is generally correct, it does not adequately portray the gravity of the movement. Coined by the urban youth, Hip-hop has forced its way to the pinnacle of mainstream America. Hip-hop’s massive influence on the English language, the fashion industry, and world peace warrants its cultural superiority....   [tags: Popular Culture] 1048 words
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The Hip Hop Lifestyle - Hip hop is a lifestyle with its own language, dress, music and way of thinking that is continuously shifting. Each of the four elements also have a language, dress, music and way of thinking, but they are much closer to each other than to any culture. Now days because break dancing and graffiti has gone mainly underground the words 'rap' and 'hip hop' have been used. bit should be noted that all four elements of hip hop culture still exists. They've just evolved onto new levels. Hip hop was first used by Africa Bambatta (Godfather of Hip-Hop culture, Father of the Electric Funk sound, founder of the Universal Zulu Nation, visionary, historian, and the Master of Records) back in the earl...   [tags: music, language, dress]
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Hip Hop Is Dead - ... Bold individuals who succeed in throwing all their cards in to take a shot at being original and starting a new trend usually spark followers in a copycat industry if they succeed. Purple Hills a song that reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 is mostly about ecstasy pills, but references in the song play the gamut of almost everything in the grocery store, from Valium to mescaline. The shocking nature of the song was probably easier to accept considering the bizarre nature of the group (one of the members is actually named Bizarre) and the tendency of the group's mentor to rely on shock value to garner attention....   [tags: monopolies, popularity, profit, image]
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The Misrepresentation of Hip-Hop - Jay-Z is known for being one for not only being one of the best rappers in hip-hop but also having a successful career in and outside of hip-hop. Recently he has been protesting some of the newer hip-hop. His songs “D.O.A” (Death Of Auto-Tune) & “Run This Town” he takes a rebel approach to all of the recent fads in hip-hop. Even though, the fads were embraced by pop culture, Jay-Z saw them as stale and unprogressive. In “D.O.A.” he talks about hip-hop becoming ringtone rap and has lost its edge....   [tags: Music]
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Hip Hop - Hip-hop is known as a culture movement. Hip-hop is a pleasing art form, formed by African-Americans and Latinos in the late seventies. Its formation derives from a young generation of African-Americans in South Bronx, New York. They created a beautiful, complimentary expression of melody, skill and dance from an environment of poverty. Ever since it has encouraged people from all across the world. Hip-hop is discussed as an art form and not just flowing, it typically is meant to include the four essentials: DJing, MCing, graffiti writing, and break dancing....   [tags: Music] 1107 words
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A Phenomenon; Hip-hop - People have many different problems in their lives and their reactions are also different. Some of them prefer to talk about these problems directly; some choose another way that is indirectly, such as music. Hip-hop is a reaction for people to show what happens in their lives. Although all music types have the same function, many people prefer this music type to tell what they feel without using exaggerated artistic lyrics since everything is pure and real in hip-hop. On the other hand hip-hop is not just a music type since the beginning; it is a culture in the United States....   [tags: Music, Sub-culture] 1944 words
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Hip Hop Culture - Hip-Hop culture is often confused with the Hip-Hop genre. Hip-Hop as a culture is more than just the music, it is a way of life. Hip-Hop music as a genre has changed from being Rap to including Pop. Hip-Hop is an evolving culture, constantly changing as the older generation fades and the newer generation carries on the legacy along with incorporating it's new style. The new generation of Hip-Hop or rather Hip-Hop today focuses more on Partying, music, and Swag rather than the original elements: Deejaying, Emceeing, Graffiti, and B-Boy or break dancing....   [tags: Cultures, Cultural Identity Essays ]
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Evolution of Hip-Hop - ... Around 1990, hip-hop began to spread all around the world from the impact it had on the United States, especially in Cuba. While the United States had a major influence on hip-hop in Cuba, the two differ greatly. A study was done in the United States over the music and the negative impact it portrays towards society. There were three studies done in which they investigated the stereotypes that rap and hip-hop culture associate itself with and how the stereotypes influence attitudes. Three studies were done in which one was with using a sample from United States and the two others were from two different countries....   [tags: music genres] 1227 words
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Hip Hop & Rap: A Lifestyle and an Entity - Somewhere out there, DJ Kool Herc is saying, “I brought up hip-hop.” One of the truest originators of the movement of hip-hop in the 70s, Kool Herc become known as the one who helped hip-hop emerge onto the scene in the Bronx in New York. Coming from Kingston, Jamaica, Herc brought the rhythm and rhyming lyrics from impromptu and applied them over beats. The movement of hip-hop spread throughout the Bronx and thus a new form of music and lifestyle began. You can simply say hip-hop is a form of music, where you have musical artists rap over beats, and rhyming to make a song....   [tags: music] 916 words
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The Culture and Style of Hip Hop and Rap - ... The artists flowed in cheerful tones that told people to get up from their seats and dance to the music. The significance is more optimistic, and brighter future type of song. Rap is Hip-Hop; it’s just not everything that Hip-Hop has to contribute. Rap is more gripped with what is going on in popular culture. Recent rap stars like The Game, Gucci Man, and Slim Thug habitually rap about stories of drug dealing, where they are from, political issues that they disagree with, or they Beef with each other to gain popularity and declare who’s better at the rap game as they like to call it....   [tags: music, battle, dance] 519 words
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Taking a Look at Hip Hop Culture - ... Who is making the money. Who is putting the music out there. Who wants me to hear this music. The record companies, for example Def Jam, Aftermath, and Roc-A-Fella records, just to name a few, are the one’s who produce the music. It is in their interest to produce this music so they can benefit or make money from it. It is the record labels who are the masterminds and have the power to pick and choose what songs to put out that will be profitable. They are the ones who are making the money if you really think about it....   [tags: music genres] 1288 words
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Hip Hop Culture - Hip Hop culture has come from a inner city expression of life to a multi-billion dollar business. At the beginning of the new millennium it was the top selling genre in the pop charts. It had influences not only on music, but on fashion, film, television, and print. In 2004 Hip Hop celebrated its 30th year anniversary. It wasn’t big for the fact that it was still kicking. It was big because the once Black/Brown inner city culture had grown into a multi-billion dollar global phenomenon (Reeves). Hip Hop culture has provided a platform for all walks of life to speak their mind....   [tags: Culture ] 1827 words
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Bad Influence of Hip Hop on Youth - Music producers have an influence on the music that today’s youth listen to that many are affected by even though the producers are unaware of it. Today there’s a lot of drug abuse, violence, and sex all on the rise even though hip hop itself is not to blame. Imagine our youth all over the country being exposed to this explicit kind of language. There is no need to imagine, because it is already happening. Ever since the rise of Rap and Hip Hop music, teens have been turning to them to help solve their problems....   [tags: music, behavior, psychology]
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Music Industry: Hip-Hop - Within the music industry and hip-hop genre in particular, lucrative endorsement deals and fat royalty checks have long been commonplace. However very rarely does an artist smash through the demographic boundaries of rap to become a cross-cultural, multi-categorical, living brand, and consumer icon. That is exactly what Shawn Corey Carter, more commonly known by his alias “Jay-Z”, has done. As a brand and a leading cultural intermediary, Jay-Z has accumulated an extensive portfolio of entrepreneurial interests and has been highly influential in mainstream culture....   [tags: Jay-Z, musical abilities, artist]
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The Slums That Shimmer: Rap and Hip Hop - Rap and hip-hop is an artistic mirror reflecting society, which is violent in some places, and needs not a moral dismemberment via the glorification of fictional violence. The history of hip-hop has some sting to it, being that deaths have been caused and childhoods are under affect; the actions that younger listeners who enjoy hip-hop are not influenced by the songs or the artists, but only by perception of their surroundings. All that hinders a strong faith in hip-hop is its “gangsta rap” counterpart....   [tags: Artistic Mirror, Literary Element]
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The Assault of Women in the Hip Hop Community - I woke up this morning and checked my GMail account to find a news update from one of the many hip-hop blogs I follow. I usually ignore the updates whole heartily unless they mention quality artists with substance in their music. Yet this update caught my attention because it pertained to an alleged assault of a female named Kat Stacks caught on video. Kat Stacks has become widely known in hip-hop for pretty much the same reason Karrine "Superhead" Steffans is known. The videos she posts online describing her sexual encounters with many popular hip-hop artists have created considerable attention- obviously not all good....   [tags: Violence] 673 words
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Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes - Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes is a documentary created and produced by Bryon Hurt. The documentary challenges the dominant discourses of hyper masculinity and the misogynist treatment of women in commercialized rap. Of the many mainstream phenomenons that are discussed by Bryon in the documentary, the issue of hyper masculinity in Hip Hop is questioned greatly. Throughout the film, the producer was able to show the wide acceptance of hyper masculinity not only in Hip Hop but also American culture as well....   [tags: Movie Review, Film Review] 539 words
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Analysis of the Hip-Hop Nation by Toure - The Hip-Hop Nation, written by Touré, is a very interesting and engaging essay. The first thing I noticed was that the essay is written in the first person which I believe was done to engage the readers and establish a connection between the author and the readers. I feel that it served its purpose very well as I felt very involved throughout the entire essay. An essay written in the first person seems more personal and allows readers, like myself, to really relate to the content of the essay. I decided that I would try to incorporate that style of writing into my essay as well....   [tags: essay, reader, first, person, compare] 582 words
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Hip Hop Cinema - The articles describe the hood cinema genre and how members of society viewed it during the time period. In the article “Producing Ghetto Pictures” by Craig Watkins he explains that “the popular rise of the ghetto … film cycle illuminates the complex relationship between the social transformations that characterize post-1960’s black youth culture and the changing of popular media production” (171). It is suggested that this new wave of films was an attempt to promote the shift in moog change and ideologies created from the civil rights movement of the late 1960s....   [tags: Ghetto Film, Reception]
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The Role of Hip-Hop in the Lives of Adolescents - Here’s a task… Ask an individual one of the factors that may cause unacceptable behavior in adolescence. The culprit is Hip-hop. This genre of music receives a bad reputation for its violent, overly sexualized and graphic lyrics. Stereotypically, a typical rap video may consist of an African-American male, riding in the newest car, accompanied with one or more attractive female. This image although it may seem very simplistic poses different implications on both male and female adolescence. The messages sent out are different and without proper guidance, an individual perception of beauty and values on life may change....   [tags: Music, Rap, Culture]
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The White Hip Hop Fan - The White Hip Hop Fan Methodology In case you are not accustomed with the group Public Enemy, the subtitles names is a play of their album "It'll Take a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back." Being not only a white hip hop fan, but a white kid trying to become a rapper, I have obviously been faced with the problem of society's non-acceptance of my type. I interviewed a friend of mine who I rap with quite often about his feelings on the subject of the white hip hop fan, and have long pondered it on my own....   [tags: Music Racial Race Papers]
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So Much Emotion from the Music of Hip-Hop - ... He then connects this nightmare to his own reality, a past that causes an equal amount of cringing as he reflects upon the first time he heard rap music and pronounced it “the most ridiculous thing [he’d] ever heard” (1). The reader, in turn, feels a strong sense of connection with McBride, having been let into his life and exposed to some of his less than finest thoughts. McBride exhibits the appeal of Pathos because he shows how his emotions were involved in the futuristic generation of hip-hop....   [tags: contemporary, harlem, mcbride] 695 words
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Racial Stereotypes Associated With Rap and Hip Hop Music - A race issue that occurs within the rap and hip-hop musical genre is the racial stereotypes associated with the musical form. According to Brandt, and Viki rap music and hip- hop music are known for fomenting crime violence, and the continuing formation of negative perceptions revolving around the African-American race (p.362). Many individuals believe that rap and hip-hop music and the culture that forms it is the particular reason for the degradation of the African-American community and the stereotypes that surround that specific ethnic group....   [tags: violence, racism, portrayal] 682 words
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Hedonism: Hip-Hop Music and its Message - This Thing Called Hedonism Music is something almost everyone listens to for various reasons, like for happiness, relaxation, grievance, or even for focusing. With all the various genres out there that suits the needs of what people like to hear rather it’s a beautiful saxophone of jazz or the singing of opera. Music is everywhere such as on the radio, tv, and even on our phones. Music can change your mood really fast when you’re feeling down and listen to a nice up beat song. Music affects us all in different ways, from the way we walk, talk, and how we dress....   [tags: Gender, Women, Derogatory]
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New School vs. Old School Hip-Hop - In the eyes of the general public, all of Hip-Hop is usually categorized in the same way. Labeled as the poison of the Black community because nowadays, most Hip-Hop lyrics all sound the same generic way always talking about money, women, cars, drugs, or some type of beef that all these rappers sooner or later continuously have with one another. But what this new generation doesn’t know about are the positive and creative flows that were spit not so long ago in the 80’s and 90’s. Rappers back in the day like Tupac and Ice Cube both had times when they had to show off their thug sides but they both had reasons or a call-to-arms for that, and indeed were in tune with that era’s problems as wel...   [tags: music genres] 702 words
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The Negative Impact of Hip Hop Music on Teenagers - ... Another study done by Canadian scientists at Newfoundland`s Memorial University shows that a human`s reaction time is slowed by 20% when subjected to loud volume (Cichowski). These statistics notify that teens are likely to make more mistakes leading to major accidents. Therefore, listening to music while driving is one of the leading causes as to why teenagers get into fatal crashes. Their focus is devoured while their minds wander into the lyrics of a soundtrack. A problem growing among teenagers is in the use of drugs....   [tags: drugs, inmoral behaviours] 909 words
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Popular Genres of Music in the US: Hip-hop - ... In the song, “Chickens No Flour” Young Jeezy sings “We cooking chickens no flour / We count the money no powder.” Here, Young Jeezy is talking about cocaine with no powder and with a sale transaction. Young teens that are fans of his music will imitate this activity since he has a powerful influence on them. This is a big issue because it leads to more young black boys selling drugs on the streets. Each day, African-American teens end up in jail, wasting their lives behind bars: “Lest we forget, all of us need to be constantly reminded that half of all prison inmates—one million—are Black men.” (“Hipping and Hopping” 7)....   [tags: african-americans, drugs, culture] 644 words
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Rap and Hip Hop Do Not Affect Society Negatively - ... Life got worse, and they both eventually moved out. Eminem was starting to get famous for his CD, and he had to start working for his rap career, distancing himself even further from his daughters. He is sorry that his kids had to go through this. He only wanted to make a good image for them. Now he is all alone in a house remembering the past of them. He finally reminds his daughters that Mom will not be gone long. ("Eminem – Mockingbird.") As with any topic, when an individual takes the time to do their research, usually they will appreciate the subject a little bit more than they used to....   [tags: music genre, sociological analysis]
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Hip-Hop Culture in Los Angeles, California - The term “Ethnomusicology” is defined as “the study of music in its cultural context.” Ethnomusicologists focus and study music in order to not only interpret its literal meaning but also to figure out its importance to its listeners and artists along with the way its purpose is communicated to its audience. . Ethnomusicology is highly versatile and multidisciplinary. People working in this sector could have solid foundations and basics of music ,dance, folklore and other different aspects related to music ,yet all ethnomusicologists share a meaningful and coherent foundation in approaches and methods followed....   [tags: ethnomusicology, meaningful lyrics] 1044 words
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Kanye West: Life of the Profressive Hip-Hop Star - ... “I was taught to think on my own growing up, that’s what a lot of black kids don’t get” (Newsmakers 2). During his time in high school he became friends with producer No I.D., who was working with the rapper Common prior to him becoming famous. This is where Kanye got his beginnings in the producing industry. Kanye went on to graduate from Polaris High School in Chicago. He then completed one year of college at Chicago State University, but he dropped out after that one year. "I dropped out because I wasn't learning fast enough......   [tags: producer, music, fashion design] 651 words
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Hip-Hop’s Beneficial Influences on Teens - Hip-Hop’s Beneficial Influences Hip Hop is a genre of music that was born around 70’s. This type of music doesn’t really involve singing but words that are spoken. Hip Hop is in a poetic form with simple phrases and it usually has end rhyme. The music genre known as Hip-Hop produces positive effects on teenagers of this generation. Hip Hop is this great form of music that is very much poetic and almost hypnotizing. It uses old classics of music that people already love and throws funky looped beats over them that make for an ingenious masterpiece of music....   [tags: spoken words, gays, creativity]
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Hip Hop Music Culture - This essay aims to examine the importance of the Hip-Hop culture in 21st century society. It will begin with consideration of the history of Hip-Hop, discussing its stylistic adaptations, cultural preferences and concerns, referring to the studies of black culture by Ellis Cashmore and Mark Neal. Within this I will explore the ethnicity and authenticity of the culture, with reference to last years Popular Music and its Cultural Context unit. The essay will then move on to evaluate the culture’s relationship with the media, concentrating on the well documented moral panics associated with the culture; I will make particular reference to the theories of Stan Cohen....   [tags: Rap, music and cultural movement]
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