2. Rap music. As a culture Hip-Hop includes four main categories of expression; Mixing, Dancing, Graffiti Art and Rapping, known as MC’ing. Hip-Hop was first recognised in New York around the mid 1970s, considered as a reaction to social movements of the time. 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.
In the words of rapper Busta Rhymes, “hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It’s a platform where we could offer information, but it’s also an escape” Hip-hop is a culture that emerged from the Bronx, New York, during the early 1970s. Hip-Hop was a result of African American and Latino youth redirecting their hardships brought by marginalization from society to creativity in the forms of MCing, DJing, aerosol art, and breakdancing. Hip-hop serves as a vehicle for empowerment while transcending borders, skin color, and age. However, the paper will focus on hip-hop from the Chican@-Latin@ population in the United States.
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.
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
During the 20th century reggae music has played a very important role in Jamaican society. It is a music associated with Rastafarians, and a social movement which gave a voice to the country's poor black communities in a time where the Jamaican government banned politically controversial reggae songs from the airways and jailed or deported Rastafarian leaders. Reggae also served as a means to spread the religion of Rastafari, which worships Haile Salaassie I as Jah. Majority of Rastafarians believe that Selassie is the reincarnation of Jesus. Reggae originated from mento.
Hip-hop’s massive influence on the English language, the fashion industry, and world peace warrants its cultural superiority. Hip-hop is a revolution; a rebellion in a sense. Hip-hop is a way for us African-Americans as well as other ethnic groups, to accept the misfortunes that we have inherited and convert these adversities into blessings. The birth of hip-hop dates back to the mid 1960’s. As the streets of New York City erupted in violence, social decay, and economic demise — young, multiethnic, inner-city kids devised their own solution to the traumatic challenges that they continually faced (Price III).
As social conditions and technology in Jamaica changed the music also changed. Music with a message shifted to music made for dance. Reggae has become an international sensation. Today it features or is hinted in genres from Rap to R&B to Pop. Starting off as a style of music to convey struggles of Jamaica at this time by the Rastafarian people it has shifted in style to accommodate the time change.
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.
Hip-Hop became characterized by an aggressive tone marked by graphic descriptions of the harshness and diversity of inner-city life. Primarily a medium of popular entertainment, hip-hop also conveys the more serious voices of youth in the black community. Though the approaches of rappers became more varied in the latter half of the 1980s, message hip-hop remained a viable form for addressing the problems faced by the black community and means to solve those problems. The voices of "message" hip... ... middle of paper ... ...nd provided Black Amer¬ica with tal¬en¬ted con¬tem¬por¬ary lead¬ers who voiced the struggle they were facing. 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.
"Rap music is a black cultural expression that prioritizes black voices from the margins of urban America. Rap music is a form of rhymed storytelling accompanied by highly rhythmic, electronically based music. It began in the mid-1970s in the South Bronx in New York City as a part of hip hop, and African-American and Afro-Caribbean youth culture composed of graffiti, breakdancing, and rap music. From the outset, rap music has articulated the pleasures and problems of black urban life in contemporary America. Rappers speak with the voice of personal experience, taking on the identity of the observer or narrator.