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. By studying the political and historical patterns of the culture, I endeavour to discover the overall meaning which the culture has for its members and for society.
In particular this essay will focus on what hip hop represents in the black community and how it can be used as a social movement against inequalities faced by them. This will then open up the discussion for the how this has influenced society, and the impact it has had in terms of race issues which hip hop itself often represents through music. Hip hop originated in the ghetto areas of New York during the 1970’s and is a mixture of DJ, MC, B boy and Beat boxing. In his studies of defining hip hop, Jeffries concluded that these mixtures of art forms do not define hip hop but rather that Hip hop itself is a culture of these elements. “Hip-hop is like a culture, it’s a voice for black people to be heard.
Rap music continued to blossom after the release of Rapper's Delight. I... ... middle of paper ... ...derived from the hip-hop culture and emulated by others. The hip-hop nation has also incorporated the attire of upper-class Caucasian society as a manifestation of their lack of power in American society. Urban hip-hop artist have been pushing bourgeois brands such as Nautica, Ralph Lauren, and Levi Strauss & Company. As these brands contradict the image of an “urban street king”, the wearing of the brands has been used by the hip-hop generation in order to establish commonalities among various ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses.
She analyzes the use and meaning of sampling. Rap music uses sampling not to steal and mask a previously used beat or sound or lyric but instead to pay homage to its origins and the traditions that came before the artist using the sample. She states, “Rap music has dramatically changed the intended use of sampling technology, it has remained critically linked to black poetic traditions and the oral forms that underwrite them” (93). This kind of relationship between rap and technology is another way to acknowledge black history and attempts to educate the popular public of the origins of the samples and the traditions of black rap
Its major impact comes from the fact that it has encour¬aged a pro¬found Nation¬al¬ism in Black America.” Today’s Hip-hop & Rap artist promote the culture with guns, dope, violence and sexism instead the manhood and womanhood, support of the struggles, prisoners, and good entertainment from the roots of Afro centric culture. There may be a few that still install Black Nationalism into today’s society, like Jay-Z and P. Diddy who have built empires that will lead others to want to succeed and follow their the success route. In today’s society the youth lacks the encouragement to stand up for their rights and decides to fight to get their points across. They don’t think about the self-determination, self-defense or self-respect its all about actions, no unity.
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. Rappers felt that no matter how graphic they were they would sell albums, and at the same time prove commitment to their street heritage.
The notion of Cultural appropriation is controversial; It is misinterpreted as a restriction on engaging with other cultures. According to an article by (Rodriguez,2006), the notion of color blindness appropriates Hip-Hop. This essay will provide a broader context and provide a more in-depth understanding concerning cultural appropriation and unearth the connection with the ghettoized popular Hip-Hop. Moreover, it will show examples of appropriation, results of appropriation, examples of grey areas and where the concept of cultural appropriation was first inspired. The paper will dispel the myth behind Hip-Hop’s definition and address the notion of cultural appropriation.
A notion of authentic masculinity arose from the resistant nature of the genre, but the move to the mainstream in the 90s created a contradiction to their very image - resistance. Ultimately, this in part led to the construction of the masculinity defined earlier, one that prides itself on its authenticity. I’ll be exploring how gender is constructed and performed in Hip Hop, beginning with a historical framework, with the caveat of showing that differing masculine identities in the genre, including artists
They were knowledgeable about their rights and would enforce them by any means necessary. The hip hop generation is just another form of black power, speaking out in a different manner. When people think of NWA (Niggas Wit Attitudes) as a group they think of all the negative images portrayed by their lyrics. But on the other hand, this was a group, being thought of as to have started “gangsta rap,” which had a lot to say. They were one of the first rap groups to preach about standing up against police discrimination and brutality, with songs like “F*ck the Police.” The hip hop generation is an industry of entrepreneurs, with political views, and focused on community development.
Although Albert Raboteau was not necessarily a theologian, his claims of slaves finding their own way of life despite being dehumanized, easily relate to the ideas of Cone and Wilmore. The arguments and ideas that Cone, Wilmore, and Raboteau put forward make me wonder about what it means to be black in America. I believe that the battle for culture and identity is at stake for African-Americans; from past to present. However, I will show how the ideas and claims of James Cone, Gayraud Wilmore, and Albert Raboteau make way for the African-American race. African American religious culture is a distinct custom in America.