Hip Hop Cultural Theory

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Gail Hilson Woldu, author of “The Kaleidoscope of Writing on Hip Hop Studies,” emphasizes the importance of cultural theory, urban history, and black feminism in the study of Hip Hop and its influence over the last several decades. The cultural theory aspect throughout the studies of hip hop, specifically in Houston Baker’s Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy, focuses on the importance of the “classic black sound” and the ability for the rap industry to be a profitable resource for an alternative American authority (Woldu 16). The cultural theory helps expand the knowledge of “hip hop” as an idea and influence on society. Mark Anthony Neal discusses the development of the understanding of hip hop by dissecting the layers and complexities of…show more content…
As decades pass and the hip hop scene expands, the history of this culture becomes influenced by more historical movements and creations. However, that is not the only historical significance that runs deep within the hip hop culture. The history and influence of the black feminist movement within the hip hop scene became a demanding characteristic in the development of the hip hop culture. As the gender divide became an evident aspect through the hip hop generation, women, especially female rappers, began to respond to the overlying misogynist themes found in the rap industry (Woldu 21). Gwendolyn Pough addresses how the focus of the culture shifted from black and rap culture to a focus on the influence of black women within the industry in Check It While I Wreck It, “the rhetorical practices of Black women participants in Hip-Hop culture ‘bring wreck’ – this is moments when Black women’s discourses disrupt dominant masculine discourses, break into the public sphere, and in some way impact or influence the United States imaginary” (Woldu…show more content…
These characteristics have evolved into influential aspects that have shaped the culture and identity of the hip hop generation. As these characteristics evolve, so does the entire hip hop academia; during the mid 2000’s, many professionals and scholars within the field had deemed Hip Hop studies to be a field that “encompasses sociology, anthropology, communication studies, religious studies, cultural studies, critical race theory, missiological studies, and psychology in a multidisciplinary area of study” (The Hip in Hip Hop 9). Overall, as the hip hop culture progressed over the decades, so did the academic field in which society emphasized as an influential and important aspect of the

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