For the past four decades, African-Americans have been highly visible in the realms of popular culture through the legacy of the hip hop nation. Hip hop culture has vast and complex formations across the country and the globe, but popular representations are most frequently tied to the “culture of poverty” and violence that many social scientists have claimed exists within poor, urban, African-American communities (Ensminger 1). The diseased language of discourse surrounding the “tangle of pathology” that pervades hyper-visible misrepresentations of particular black communities and black expressive cultures are frequently utilized to dehumanize and devalue the black lived experience. This has produced a narrow scope through which blackness is represented and understood, as well as a lingering effect in African-American self-perception that is both disempowering and limiting to self-expression. In 2003, James Spooner disrupted popular representation by examining the marginalized experience of African-Americans in the predominantly white punk scene, while also expanding the category for black cultural expression in his documentary Afro-Punk: The ‘Rock n Roll Nigger’ Experience. Today, Afro-Punk (AP) embodies an online cultural movement that represents what afropunk.com refers to as “the other black experience.” From the general AP website, to Instagram and Twitter accounts, to an active Facebook page with almost a hundred thousand likes, this small but growing community has moved beyond the confines of the punk music genre and become a cultural movement which celebrates “the creativity and freedom of spirit in alternative Black culture” by exhibiting music, art, film, fashion, and more (Afropunk, Facbeook.com). Guided by the punk pr...
Hip-hop culture began to develop in the south Bronx area of New York City during the 1970s. It had a significant influence in the music industry. Hip-hop music generally includes rapping, but other elements such as sampling and beatboxing also play important roles. Rapping, as a key part in the hip-hop music, takes different forms, which including signifying, dozen, toast and jazz poetry. Initially, hip-hop music was a voice of people living in low-income areas, reflecting social, economic and political phenomenon in their life . As time moves on, hip-hop music reached its “golden age”, where it became a mainstream music, featuring diversity, quality, innovation and influence . Gangsta rap, one of the most significant innovations in hip-hop music, contains violent and confrontational lyrics, such as the word “nigger”. Rappers like Ice-T and groups like N.W.A popularized this new rap style through out the country and made a great success commercially. When it comes to the twenty-first century, hip-hop music already has a global influence and becomes a dominant in the mainstream.
Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.” These words spoken by Doug E. Fresh outline the purpose of hip-hop culture in its’ entirety. This cultural movement originated in New York City from the African American, and Latino American communities in the 1970’s. This culture consists of DJing, break dancing, graffiti-art, and beat boxing. It has been and still is somewhat of an outlet for the youth to express themselves in a positive manner. Most classic hip-hop has a positive undertone and message to be conveyed to an audience. It is strongly based off of self-expression and addressing negativity in a way that their voices can be heard. Although hip-hop culture is overall a constructive movement that gets the youth involved in productive, self-satisfying activities there are many misconceptions about it. It is a misunderstood culture that has much to offer our younger generations today and pave the way for more positive outlets. Hip hop is a positive cultural movement that the youth today should learn about and get involved in because of its efficacious results in keeping teens off the streets and away from negative influences.
When you hear the expression "Hip-Hop ", music, moving, rapping frequently ring a bell. All things considered, it's the greater part of that and more...Hip-Hop is a culture. As per Webster's word reference, culture is characterized as "the ideas, propensities, aptitudes, expressions, instruments, organizations, and so forth of a given people in a given period; development." One craftsman characterized Hip-Hop as "an arrangement of articulations in vocalization, instrumentation, moving and the visual expressions." All the more particularly, hip jump is a mix of graffiti, break dancing, djing and mcing (otherwise called rapping), that makes a way of life with its own particular dialect, style of dress, music and outlook that is consistently advancing.
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.
Hip-hop was a way for youths in black inner city neighborhoods to express what they were feeling, seeing, and living and it became a form of entertainment. Hanging out with friends and rapping or listening to others rap kept black youths out of trouble in the dangerous neighborhoods in which they lived. The dominant culture did not have a type of music that filled the needs of these youth, so they created their own. So, hip-hop originally emerged as a way "for [black] inner city youth to express their everyday life and struggles" (VOT, 125). Hip-hop is now seen as a subculture that, includes a large number of middle to upper white class youths, which have grown to support and appreciate it.
Typically when we immediately think about modern hip hop and rap, we immediately de-fine it as a creative mode of expression laden with influences from its African-American roots. Of course, generally speaking, that much of it is true; although the true origin of Hip Hop isn't precisely known, according to Dr. Renford Reese and Becky Blanchard, Hip Hop scholars col-lectively hail the South Bronx in 1970's New York as the birthplace of Hip Hop. Over time, Hip Hop became a cultural phenomenon. As abrasive, succinct, and diverse as each form of expres-sion (emceeing, breakdance, graffiti, and more synonymously, rap music) gets, however, Hip Hop emanates such a contemporary appeal amongst the masses. Ultimately, Hip Hop culture embodies the inextinguishable
Music is an extremely powerful form of art. Stimulating the human brain, music is able to lift our spirits and can make one feel joyful. In addition, music is also very diverse. It comes in about one thousand different genres. For example, Hip-Hop. Hip Hop is a music genre developed in the Bronx by African Americans in the 1970s. It is a reflection of shared truths in diverse communities. Growing up in an African American environment, I learned to love Hip hop. It takes a lot to be considered “the most significant musician”. In order to be considered significant you must be consistent, influential, and relatable. Which is why it makes perfect sense for Jay-z to be considered the most significant musician from the Hip Hop Genre of the 20th
America’s criminal justice system has such drastic effects onto its population that these changes are expressed through artistic abilities, making it a primary theme of much of rap music. Policies, laws, and social changes that may seem to be insignificant at the time will show throughout history in expressional art forms such as music, art, theater, ect. Historical documents are valid evidence of the world before, clues of human’s past and our ancestors; art reveals a much finer clarity into people’s perceptions, reflections and the interpretations of the world around them. America’s criminal justice system is a clear example of policies that while currently, may not be noticeable to the entire population
In order to comprehend hip hop, one must first know the definition and its importance as a component of black culture. Hip hop culture is rap, rap a musical
Funk and Hip Hop are two similar yet different genres of music that have been popular amongst music lovers throughout the last three decades. Both have upbeat drum grooves as well as rhythmic basslines and melodies that the listener will be bound to remember. They also share similar articulation in their drums and basslines. However, while the two genres might be similar they have their own differences in lyricism and meaning as well instrumentation and production. Songs that exemplify their characteristics include funk group Midnight Star’s 1983 hit “No Parking on the Dance floor” and rapper Grandmaster Flash’s 1982 “The Message” from the album of the same name. Both are reflective in respect to their genre and through their structure, instrumentation/production
For as along as I can remember loving music I can remember being fascinated by rap and hip-hop, even from a very early age. I don’t know what it is about both rap and hip-hop that makes kids love it and parents hate it, but before diving into that both terms need to be properly defined. While often synonymous with one another, the two may share a few similarities but for the most part vary greatly. Lets start with hip-hop, which was described by KRS-One and Marley Mar in their song Hip Hop Lives as, "Hip and Hop is more than music, Hip is the knowledge, Hop is the movement Hip and Hop is intelligent movement,” (lyrics to Hip Hop Lives). What this means to me is that hip-hop is something that is constantly evolving and changing to meet popular
Modern Hip hop is on an unprecedented rise like never before. A genre of music since it’s becoming in the 70s which was shunned and met with apprehension on most of its early days, has developed into being if not the most creative but certainly, a pure and raw form of a poetic expression. It was the early 90s with prominence of conscious artists like Tupac Shakur. Notorious BIG and Rakim, that the community declared itself to be a musical force to be reckoned with and represented a voice of a culture which everyone needed to be aware about. Currently, or what the last ten years have indicated is that hip hop or rap music is global. Granted that most people are aware of artists like Drake, The Migos or Hall of Famer, Eminem, the fact that from
Hip-hop is not just a type of music that people sing. It is a culture that teachers can teach their students. School is where kids learn about different ways people make meaning to their life and hip-hop should not be an exception. One high school students states, “Hip-hop is a culture and it’s just like learning about the Aztecs or the Mayans. We learn the origin, customs, and traditions [of hip-hop] (Mooney).” Anyone familiar to with hip-hop should agree that hip-hop is a culture and with any culture there are things to be learned. If educators avoid hip-hop in classrooms, kids are losing out on important discussions about modern cultures. Some may disagree about including hip-hop in the curriculum, but hip-hop is very useful in education. Hip-hop is not just good for teaching kids; some songs can lead to meaningful discussions. Many artists have songs that are uplifting and are socially conscious. By including these songs, students can have meaningful discussions about the messages hip-hop conveys (Mooney). Hip-hop can lead to discussions about important issues society faces today since most songs deal with social issues. Thus, kids are more in-tune with society from discussions about hip-hop. Although including hip-hop in schools today may seem trivial, it is in fact crucial in today’s concern over students being aware of the larger world around them. Including hip-hop makes kids more aware and better analyzers of the world
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. Hip hop culture has a major effect on teenage trends in the 21st century.