Rose argues that hip hop music in the 1990’s when it really began to make a name for itself came out with bang that seemed to slap many unsuspecting people in the face with its crude lyrics and “I don’t care” mentality. She gives quotes and respect to many groups of that time such as NWA and Public Enemy who gave face to the up rise of gangster rap and gave a window into the lives that black men and women where actually living. This helps my argument because I mainly was going to quote lyrics from the 1990’s because that was when rap was most political. I am however going to quote some more recent rappers such as Eminem to show how that decade has still rolled over to today’s generation.
The particular title of the song sparked major debates within not only the African-American community thus the Caucasian communities as well. Debates included topics such as the significance and worth of freedom of speech compared with the need to take a stand against messages that denigrate African-Americans. This specific label turned into an outrage and came to the point where conservative white individuals stood in front of the record label expressing their feelings. These individuals made a point that it is because artists like Nas that there is an increase in gang and street violence within communities. Rap and hip-hop music only depicts a simple-minded image of black men as sex crazed, criminals, or “gangsters”.
Even though some teens from the ghetto look up to rappers that were once like them and became successful, hip-hop music still has a negative influence on teenagers because they want to model the rap artist lifestyle and listening to hip-hop music encourages teenagers to try drugs. Some teenagers that are from the ghetto
Many examples include “gangsta” rap, West-coast rap, underground rap, etc. The point is, is that what is looked at as simplicity, is really complexity. To add to the lifestyle of hip-hop, many people bring a sense of disapproval towards the movement till this day. We are all impacted by it an... ... middle of paper ... ...orms of rap in different languages, which is a sign that hip-hop is spread throughout and everyone is expressing themselves in each and every form. Also, if we didn’t have Disc Jockeys, we wouldn’t have hip-hop.
One such example is Hookah by Tyga. The song is (quite obvious) from the title about vaping. Yet it features lyrics such as “I just paid a cop, now I 'm running out of court” Which reinforces the idea of the black male being a criminal. This idea of the black male is so enforced within today 's society that there is a task force within the New York police force targeted solely at rappers (Rebollo & Moras 2012.) This idea is actually quite different to what the original intention of the genre was; “Hip -Hop was an innovation where youth minority such as young latinos and black teens could express their angst and speak freely” (Rebollo-Gil & Moras 2002.)
However, many people see this as mockery and theft of one’s culture. Because of these two different debates, “Blacking Up” is given great depth and interest for the hip hop community as it looks at both sides of the “wannabe” argument. The hip hop culture began in the suburbs of New York over 30 years ago and has gone through drastic changes over this time. Hip Hop contains four different elements including: graffiti, rap, disc jockey and break-dancing. In the 1970’s, musical artists began to express themselves like Kool DJ Herc.
In America the 70s and 80s were subject to negative behaviour towards black communities which consisted of Jamaican and Puerto Ricans as well as African-Americans, it was argued that the ruling of Reagan led to this behaviour. Hip-Hop culture was seen as an escape from the explosion of gang violence throughout the 1970s and 80s, providing black American youths with a space for expression, this freedom of speech led to the spreading of Hip-Hop to other cities where black communities suffered. As Tricia Rose states, ‘It satisfies poor young black people’s profound need to have their territories acknowledged, recognised and celebrated.’ (Rose, 1994: p.11, cited in Neal, 1997: p.136) The first UK top ten Hip-Hop hit was recorded in 1979 by the Sugar Hill Gang, called ‘Rappers Delight’. The recognition of this song noted the continuous exchange of musical ideas between black and white. The atmosphere created between black and white musicians from Britain and America was perfect for the sounds o... ... middle of paper ... ...the Hip-Hop culture will continue.
Hip Hop is more than what the media makes it out to be, it is just a misunderstood art form. Hip Hop is more than just hoodlum music; it is music for the people. The music performed and recorded by conscious minded artists can move you & touch you in many different ways, show how the music is not only suited for hoodlums, and is not the source of evil or malicious intent. Hip Hop and its culture is one that has been taking the world by storm for a long time now starting out in the Mecca of New York, reaching out to the masses in the rest of the nation, after that making its way to the rest of the world. What is it that makes Hip Hop so powerful?
The message that the new hip hop today is sending is incredibly negative for the audience as well. The negative message that the music is sending poses a large effect on the young listeners. Young listeners are influenced by the antagonistic lyrics in these hip hop songs that they are listening to. Unlike today’s hip hop, old school rap music had meaningful lyrics and when hip hop went to the mainstream media the message was destroyed. Old school rap music has lyrical significance.
Consider rap music from back then as a voice Rap music taken the music industry by a storm and has made a major impact on the hip hop culture. It is a music genre that is heard many places that one could be for example; the car, your neighborhood and even some retail stores. Many people confuse rap and hip hop to be the same thing. Not to be confused there really isn’t that much that is different from each other. Rap is more focused on the lyrical form telling their perspective on the world.