Essay On Hip Hop

Hip-hop originated 30 years ago in the South Bronx, a borough of New York City, a community that appeared to illustrate the harshness of poor urban places. In the past few decades, hip-hop and rap have had a gigantic influence on youth culture. It affects how the youth dress, talk, what products they purchase and helps shape identities. Some look to these hip hop artists as role models and look up to them in a way like some do to hero’s. Many of the early rap artists such as NWA and Public Enemy released tracks about rebellion and building a nonconformist attitude, which ideology reflected in their music videos. Big baggy pants, shirts and backwards hats were displayed all over rap videos and each specific item sent out a distinctive message to the receptive youth. Even the language they used in these videos gave new significance to old words and generated a new type of dialect. (Taylor, 2008)
Hip-hop and rap music have influenced youth culture in a lot of ways but mainly in how they decide to dress. Since it’s launch over 30 years ago hip-hop has continually flourished across North America and is now a $ 5 billion a year music business. Rap, which predominantly now called hip-hop, is a cultural power that has grown steam in its capability to create effects when paired with present clothing and apparel as well, is in constructing its own. An impeccable example of hip-hop’s capability to sell came in 1999 when Tommy Hilfiger stated a substantial growth in annual sales after modifying his line for “the hip-hop set.” From the time when other major fabrications have decided to cross over to a more hip-hop street brand of look and enjoyed the same achievement. Presently, urban street clothing accounts for $2.2 billion in annua...

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...imilar to the way Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Bob Marley did. (Alexander, 1998)
Finally, Musicians, such as the former rapper Tupac Shakur, have written about such sympathetic subjects without eluding the rugged essence of the streets. In his record, “I Wonder If Heaven's Got A Ghetto,” Tupac sings, "I see no changes, all I see is racist faces misplaced hate makes disgrace the racist...I wonder what it takes to make this one better place...take the evil out the people then they'll be acting right cause both black and white are smoking crack tonight and the only time we deal is when we kill each other, it takes skill to be real, time to heal each other...." Billions of hip-hop lovers all over the planet have perceived these lyrics. If more musicians focused on positive messages such as this, the influence on today’s youth culture could be groundbreaking. (Shakur)

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