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Hip hop - ... The subject matter has also changed. In the past Hip Hop lyrics focused on political and societal frustrations, now Hip Hop lyrics steer more toward provocative content. Hip Hop subject matter consists mostly of the aspirations of wealth, sex, drug use, and criminal activity. During the beginning years the age of the Hip Hop listener was wide spread. It ranged from teens to even adults in their 50's. Although Hip Hop still has an adult audience, it is now more geared toward younger audiences....   [tags: Music, Rap, Hip Hop] 2078 words
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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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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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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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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 - Hip-hop Recently, I took a walk around the floor on which I live and asked anyone who I found for their definition of "hip-hop." I wasn't able to ask everyone on the floor, but I really didn't need to either. From the 15 or so people I asked, I got a similar answer, and each was that which I expected to hear. Some of my floormates thought that hip-hop was rap music, others said it was both rap and R&B, and only one person had a good idea of what it actually is. Hip-hop is a culture, and there is a common misconception that hip-hop refers solely to a genre of music....   [tags: Papers] 1233 words
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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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hip hop - Have you ever heard someone say, "I hate all music.". Lately though music has been criticized for corrupting teen's minds. Hip Hop is being blamed for all the crimes and murders in cities all over America and heavy metal is being blamed for giving teens only dark images and thoughts in their minds. First we must ask what Hip Hop is to us or to others, who simply don’t know or may never feel our movement in society. This form of poetry and story telling has took growth from within a deprived New York neighborhood during 1970s is spread worldwide, even non-english speaking countries strive on our message to help their culture the light....   [tags: essays research papers] 918 words
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Hip-Hop - ... The shifting post war economy took its toll on the once thriving manufacturing businesses located in the industrialized areas of the borough, which combined with the construction efforts of Robert Moses initiated the “white flight” a massive migration claiming nearly half the white residents of the South Bronx by the 1960’s (Price 2006). The massive shift in population proved to be disastrous both for the departing residents and the new arrivals. Not only was safety worsening in the Bronx, the property value also steeply diminished....   [tags: Culture ]
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Hip-Hop - Hip-Hop When you hear the phase "Hip-Hop" what do you think of. Music, Dancing, Rapping. Well, it's all of that and more hip-hop is a culture. According to Webster's dictionary, culture is defined as "the concepts, habits, skills, arts, instruments, institutions, etc. of a given people in a given period; civilization." One artist defined hip-hop as "a set of expressions in vocalization, instrumentation, dancing and the visual arts." More specifically, hip hop is a combination of graffiti, breakdancing, djing and mcing (also known as rapping), that creates a lifestyle with its own language, style of dress, music and mind set that's continuously evolving....   [tags: Papers] 1436 words
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A Phenomenon; Hip-hop - ... Hip-hop does not have an old history although today it surrounds all over the world. The originator of hip-hop music is a Jamaican immigrant, Kool Herc who initiated this culture in New York streets more than thirty years ago (Chappell, 53). As we know, in this music style the black subculture is still dominant because hip-hop borned in that culture and since then it has been related and also leaded by black people. Through the years, hip hop industry has developed fast; today it is a $4 billion industry without no doubt....   [tags: Music, Sub-culture] 1944 words
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Hip Hop and Today's Culture - Hip Hop Culture: Popular Trends for Teenagers during the 21st Century Hip hop music consist of a DJ mixing rhythmic passages of albums on a turntable while a rapper raps over the beats. Hip hop is a culture by itself, equipped with its own language, lyrical style, visual art, dance moves and look. Fashion and music has a relationship based on a person's musical style. The Grateful Dead and the hippies in the 60s, disco in the 70s and Madonna in the 80s are all examples of creative relationships in the past....   [tags: Personal Essays] 644 words
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What is hip hop? - ... One of the most noticeable events that marked the beginning of the hip-hop/rap era on a world stage was in 1979, when the Sugar Hill Gang produced the enormously successful song entitled, “Rapper's Delight” (Reese). Rap music continued to blossom after the release of Rapper's Delight. It was revealed to the music industry, the film industry, and the print media (Reese). This was a huge milestone for the hip-hop generation. Movies such as Wild Style, Style Wars, and, later, Beat Street and Breakin' allowed international audiences to experience the many facets of hip-hop culture, including the unique approach to speaking and writing English (Price III)....   [tags: Popular Culture] 1048 words
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Hip Hop Music Culture - Assignment for Media with Cultural Studies Level Two Youth Cultures, Subcultures and Industry Hip-Hop 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....   [tags: music rap r&b black]
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Hip Hop Culture - ... Through DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa Hip-Hop culture became defined as Deejaying, Emceeing, Graffiti, and Break dancing. Partying is defined as going out to clubs also known as clubbing. The club goers attend clubs that play Hip-Hop music and are usually mostly African Americans between the ages of 18 and 30. Some clubs have restriction on age and are only 21 and up, in order to freely serve alcohol. The Deejay holds a very important role in making a party live or poppin (fun, packed, or upbeat)....   [tags: Culture ]
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The Effects of Globalization on Hip Hop. - ... L Néstor García Canclini in his paper Hybrid Cultures and Communicative Strategies stated “Social and cultural expansion, as well as renovation have been manifested in the rapid industrialising development... throughout the twentieth century, and in the fluid adaptation of certain sectors to technological and social innovation. However, these renovating impulses do not replace local traditions; at times they accompany them and at other times they conflict with them, yet without destroying them....   [tags: Globalization, Music]
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Hip Hop: The Method of Expression - ... In hip-hop culture rapping was used as a means of expression through lyrical content, in which the performer would illustrate an occurring issue often seen in his or her community. Forming in conjunction with DJing and MCing was break dancing. Break dancing or B-boying is a dance style developed and adapted by intercity New York youth during the immersion of the hip-hop movement. Breaking obtained the term B-boying from DJ Kool Herc’s legendary parties, where a B-boy or girl would get in front of the crowd at the break of a song, only to demonstrate their top moves in a distinctive yet frantic manner (Schloss)....   [tags: Music]
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Hip Hop America - Hip Hop America Nelson George's Hip Hop America discusses the nature of hip hop along with the relationship between African Americans and America. Many take the idea of hip hop to be just African Americans and rap music. George continually focuses on hip hop's many contradictions. He addresses how hip hop represents race, ethnicity, class, gender, and generation. George covers much familiar ground: how B-beats became hip hop; how technology changed popular music, which helped to create new technologies; how professional basketball was influenced by hip hop styles; how gangsta rap emerged out of the crack epidemic of the 1980s; how many elements of hip hop culture managed to celebrate, and/or condemn black-on-black violence; how that black-on-black violence was somewhat encouraged by white people scheming on black males to show their foolishness, which often created a huge mess; and finally, how hip hop used and continues to use its art to express black frustration and ambition to blacks while, at the same time, refering that frustration and ambition to millions of whites....   [tags: essays research papers] 525 words
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Hip Hop Culture - Hip Hop Culture Since the early to mid 90’s, hip-hop has undergone changes that purists would consider degenerating to its culture. At the root of these changes is what has been called “commercial hip-hop". Commercial hip-hop has deteriorated what so many emcees in the 80’s tried to build- a culture of music, dance, creativity, and artistry that would give people not only something to bob their head to, but also an avenue to express themselves and deliver a positive message to their surroundings....   [tags: Rap Music Commercialization Essays Papers] 2110 words
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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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Hip Hop & Rock Music - Hip Hop & Rock Music      People all over the world listen to various types of music. The most popular kinds of music in America are hip hop and rock. As they seem to be totally different types of music they have a lot of similarities . Hip Hop and Rock music have more differences than similarities.      Hip Hop and Rock music are today’s people choice of music. People will find that teens and adults from the age of 20 to 34 listen to these two types of music. Not too often will you see or hear a teen listening to Blues, Opera, Reggae, or Oldies....   [tags: Compare Contrast music Essays Papers] 559 words
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Hip-Hop Culture - ... There are five pillars that this unique culture is based around. These pillars are DJing, Beat boxing, Break Dancing, Graffiti Art, and Rapping. Originally the music aspect of hip-hop culture was based around disc jockeys that would loop breaks from songs to create a rhythmic beat that later was used as a fore ground for rapping and beat boxing. Rapping is composed of three parts; flow, content, and delivery. It is usually about topics that are either controversial or versatile in expressing the troubles of growing up in rough times....   [tags: Music] 944 words
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The Hip Hop Culture - ... The graffiti artists started to sell their artwork at art galleries to bring in some money. The dancers moved from streets of New York to perform on TV. “Driven by the rising material culture craze and feeling empowered to attain the unattainable, many Hip Hop practitioners became agents of material desire flaunting the various symbol of social mobility: money, jewelry, cars, access to formal sex, and drugs, among other things (Price 71). Now the question is, is that what the artists most wanted or is it because of the untrue perceptions that are being created through media....   [tags: Culture ]
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Hip-hop, Reggae, and Politics - Hip-hop, Reggae, and Politics Introduction Music is an art form and source of power. Many forms of music reflect culture and society, as well as, containing political content and social message. Music as social change has been highlighted throughout the 20th century. In the 1960s the United States saw political and socially oriented folk music discussing the Vietnam War and other social issues. In Jamaica during the 1970s and 1980s reggae developed out of the Ghetto’s of Trench town and expressed the social unrest of the poor and the need to over-through the oppressors....   [tags: Music Culture Musicians Political Essays]
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Music - The Hip-hop Movement - Music - The Hip-hop Movement Hip-hop has become a new cultural phenomenon in North America and has become quite popular all over the world. Hip-hop began in the 1970's in New York City where it has its origins in the African-American community. However, because of music videos, Hip-hop culture has become accessible to everyone in society and has merged into mainstream pop culture. Hip-hop culture may not have been as popular if it was not for the accessibility of this new media. The Hip-hop movement began in the 1970's in the Southern Bronx of New York City....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Hip Hop vs. Ethics - Ethics of The Music Industry Works Cited Not Included Hip-hop culture has been socially labeled as deviant, a counter-culture, un-American because of its lack of moral. Specifically, "gangsta rap" which glorifies guns, sex, violence, drug use and gang activity has been castigated. This type of rap promotes a nonconformist and rebel adaptive behavior. As a result, it gives hip-hop culture a deviant label. A simple definition of deviance is "behavior that does not conform to group-shared norms; behavior that (in some way) does not meet the expectations of a group or a society as a whole and is subject to social control" (Liska 2)....   [tags: World Cultures Music Morals Essays] 1667 words
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The Catastrophe Known as “Hip Hop” - ... "If she ever tries to leave again i'ma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire." –Eminem. The conception that sexism is entrenched in Hip Hop culture is one far from concealed. The deliberate manner in which Hip Hop music presents the notion of a woman is quite disturbing. Growing up in culture where a woman’s sole purpose is established as seeking approval from a man, African American young ladies are being manipulated to develop a sense of disgust for them. When Dyson presented the case of the Spellman girls vs....   [tags: Music] 1611 words
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Hip-hop and Rap Music - Hip-hop and Rap Music Often times when people hear about Hip Hop/Rap music, they'll paint a picture in their heads of black men cussing, guns, marijuana, lots of gold, and girls looking like prostitutes. Parents and teachers put an image in their kid's head that Rap music is "bad", and they don't want their kids to be influenced by something that is negative. With the way Rap music is advertised in the US, I would have to agree with that looking at it from an average parent's point of view. But what people don't know is that Hip Hop isn't just a type of music, it's a culture....   [tags: Papers] 654 words
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Hip Hop Culture - ... He changed the way of gangs across the Bronx and pretty soon every gang had their own DJ. Kool Herc was in the East and West part of the Bronx. Grandmaster Flash was in the South. Afrika Bambaataa was in the South East and North. Though Kool Herc set the stones for the making of Hip Hop, Afrika Bambaataa was the first ambassador. When Afrika Bambaataa built Universal Zulu Nation, DJ’s, B-Boys, B-Girls, graffiti artists, and MC’s all had a place to express themselves with guns and violence set aside....   [tags: Culture ] 1827 words
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True Hip-Hop - True Hip-Hop "Is gangster rap hip-hop. Sure. Does gangster rap involve talent. I think not." When people think of hip-hop music they think of violent rap that's talking about killing and raping. Not all hip-hop is like that though. It's not necessary to use obscenities or to speak of murder or drugs to be a good rapper. For some reason violence, sex, crime, and drugs are associated with rap. Rappers feel that they have to take on this gangster image in order to succeed....   [tags: Music, Argumentative] 317 words
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The Misrepresentation of Hip-Hop - ... He addressed some issues about how hip-hop has been misrepresented throughout pop culture. For instance, radio stations have been accused of only playing catchy, ringtone rap instead of pushing hip-hop that has significance, because of its popularity in pop culture. In the song Jesus Walks, Kanye talks about the lack of substance in the radio: These days you rap about anything/ except for Jesus/ that means guns, sex, lies, videotape/ but if I talk about God my records wont get played/Huh. /Well if this take away from my spins/ which will probably take away from my ends [money]/ man I hope it take a way from my sins/ And bring the day that I’m dreaming bout/ Next time I’m in the club everybody screaming out/ Jesus Walks/ (College Dropout) Pop culture rooted in this type of behavior, and Kanye has always spoken out about it even if no one asks his opinion....   [tags: Music]
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Radical Feminism and Hip Hop - ... Patriarchy is one of the roots of militarism. Patriarchy is referred to as the domination of women by men. Militarism is a deep rooted general idea of “control over another”. This term is related to aggression. Such aggression is generally characterized as a male trait. “Military values contribute to the construction of narrow definitions of masculine and feminine characteristics” (Burke). There were not many images of a woman in hip hop speaking about such subjects. These military ideas Women in society’s standards lack such antagonistic nature....   [tags: Music Analysis ]
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Comparing Jazz and Hip-hop - Comparing Jazz and Hip-hop Throughout the history of this country, the music of African-Americans has remained a strong influence upon our society and culture. Beginning with the music carried over from Africa with the slaves, up until now, with the new styles created by urban youth today, African-Americans have retained certain elements within their music which makes it unique from any other musical form. Some of the musical forms which were created from, and/or were strongly influenced by afro-centric musical characteristics are: Hymnals, Gospel, Spirituals, Ragtime, the blues, and R&B....   [tags: Papers] 1469 words
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The Hip Hop Genre - The Hip Hop Genre ‘It can be reasonably argued that the vast majority of musical production at any one time involves musicians working in relatively stable ‘genre worlds’ within which ongoing creative practice is not so much about sudden bursts but he continual production of familiarity….....   [tags: Papers] 1514 words
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Similarities of hip-hop and the blues - Rapping the Blues: The Similarities of hip-hop and the blues Hip-hop is one of the major music genres of today like the blues were in the 1950's. Stanley Crouch views hip-hop as being vulgar and obscene while he sees the blues as being one of the classic music genres. In actuality, these two genres are similar in many ways. A very important part of Stanley Crouch's life is his love for the blues. Many of his essays are related to or have aspects of the blues contained within them. Crouch relates topics that he writes about to the blues, because this is a subject he believes he is very familiar with....   [tags: rap music] 1217 words
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Hip Hop And Rap - The History of Rap The most widely excepted definition of rap music is spoken words with a rhythm of bass, drums, and keyboard sounds. The words are spoken over the music and the accents and emphasis on words is important. Hip Hop is defined as the accompanying background music but is often used as a synonym to rap music. In this paper I will show how rap got its start and evolved into the culture we know today as hip hop. Influences on rap music started as early as the 1940’s when Rhythm & Blues and Jazz included many of the elements that make up rap music....   [tags: essays research papers] 850 words
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An Examination of Hip Hop’s Future - ... This balance between old and new is at the heart of debates about what constitutes real hip hop. In the center of this debate over the definition of hip hop, are questions of who owns the culture and who runs the industry. Most importantly, questions on how to remain true to one’s roots while also seeking fame and fortune. Artist Nas released his 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead, inspired by his view of the music industry and the state of hip hop. The lyrics, “Everybody sounds the same, commercialize the game/Reminiscin' when it wasn't all business/They forgot where it started/So we all gather here for the dearly departed,” deal with the idea that hip hop has become commercialized....   [tags: Musical Analysis ]
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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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Hip Hip - The Introduction Hip hop as a ding an sich is marked by some confusion. Consider the name; is it "hip hop," "hip-hop" or "hiphop". You will see all three used in titles in this bibliography. Hip hop is, at the same time, a cultural phenomenon that developed in the late 70's in the projects in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and a musical style from that phenomenon. Nevertheless, hip hop has become a pervasive element of popular culture, as witnessed by this bibliography. There are hip hop exercise videos, children's books as well as books, magazines, magazine articles and theses about it....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Differing Mentalities In Hip Hop And Rock - Some of my friends listen to certain genres of rock music, some listen to hip-hop. Despite our friendship we have differing views upon each genres of music. Having listened to both genres of music at one point in my life I have an understanding of why some rock listeners would be quick to reject hip-hop as meaningful, complex and valid art form. The production of hip-hop music first consisted of two turntables and a microphone. The originators of the music who embraced the essence of spoken word in a rhythmic format, were working with the best of what they had living in a situation of poverty....   [tags: essays research papers] 787 words
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Hip Hop's Effect on American Culture - Hip Hop's Effect on American Culture Hip hop has permeated popular culture in an unprecedented fashion. Because of its crossover appeal, it is a great unifier of diverse populations. Although created by black youth on the streets, hip hop's influence has become well received by a number of different races in this country. A large number of the rap and hip hop audience is non-black. It has gone from the fringes, to the suburbs, and into the corporate boardrooms. Because it has become the fastest growing music genre in the U.S., companies and corporate giants have used its appeal to capitalize on it....   [tags: Popular Culture Cultural Rap Music Essays]
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The Power of Hip-hop in the Business World - Since its conception, Hip-Hop culture has always been popular among young people. Now businesses are beginning to use Hip-Hop cultures popularity among the young people to increase the sales of their products. By advertising fashion, films and other miscellaneous types of products businesses use the hip hop culture to appeal to a target audience. Since the late 1970s, Hip-Hop fashion has changed significantly over the years. As the future approaches it has become a prominent part of the fashion world as a whole across the world and for all ethnicities....   [tags: Music] 2225 words
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Hip Hop and the Civil Rights Movement - Hip Hop and the Civil Rights Movement 2 The Hip Hop movement was born while the Civil Rights movement was aging. The Civil Rights movement, at its height addressed social inequalities however, in its old age it began to demand economic equality – enter Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign. Although Black Americans were allowed to eat next to White Americans in restaurants, and were allowed to sit next to White Americans on buses and enjoy equality in terms of access, white supremacy went underground and manifested as red-lining, unequal protection under the law, and a greater disparity between once racially segregated schools that are now economically segregated....   [tags: Music]
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Analysis of Hip-Hop and Youth Culture - Analysis of Hip-Hop and Youth Culture Throughout the last twenty-five years, a new form of expression has continued to evolve. Hip-Hop, once limited to urban music and dance has become a widespread form of communication exhibited and enjoyed by young people throughout the world. Hip-Hop is no longer limited to rap music and break dancing; today it represents a multi-billion dollar industry that influences everything from fashion to prime- time television programming, professional sports, mass media marketing and advertising....   [tags: Papers] 1384 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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Hip-Hop's Musical Evolution of Rap - Hip-Hop's Musical Evolution of Rap The hip-hop culture began in the streets of New York City over twenty-five years ago and has gone through tremendous changes up until now. Hip-Hop consists of four elements: rap, graffiti, break-dancing, and the disc jockey. In this paper, I intend to fully explain the evolution of rap music, from its infancy to the giant industry it is today. Hip-Hop emerged in the 1970’s upon the arrival of a one Kool DJ Herc. Kool DJ Herc migrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica and settled in the West Bronx of New York....   [tags: Music History Research Papers]
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The Assault of Women in the Hip Hop Community - ... There are black people who are doctors, lawyers, fathers, mothers, college students, blue collar workers and white collar workers not just drug dealers and promiscuous women bent on perpetuating failure. It is extremely sad that MCs such as Little Brother, Talib Kweli, Blu, Oddisee, The Drop Squad, Nas, Common, Elzhi and many others have a hard time getting their music heard by the masses when it is essentially what needs to be heard. With that said, Kat Stacks was assaulted in a restaurant by a group of guys....   [tags: Violence] 673 words
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Messages from Hip-Hop Artists - Messages from Hip-Hop Artists Hip-Hop has come a long way in our generation. From time to time an artist or a video gives a positive or negative message to our viewers. There have been many controversial issues that focus’s on what the rapper is trying to put out. Some people may look at the same song or video, but have a different opinion on it. Artists have different outlooks on things in there life such as the rapper Nas. He has a new song titled “I Know I can”. This song gives a positive message to all viewers, and more importantly the kids....   [tags: Music Essays]
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