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.
Their history shows a great deal of overcoming obstacles and working alongside Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese people instead of against them. The 15 sakada pioneers would be happy that the trail they created has led to a community of Filipinos involved in politics, government, education, media, and popular culture. This could not be said about Filipinos 100 years ago. Because of this, the Filipino culture has contributed to the authenticity and uniqueness that continues to set Hawai‘i apart from the rest of the world.
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.
Internal benefits are good. These pageants also have external benefits. These help with the contestants in the long run. They make friends from all over the world in some pageants (#4). This is a good thing because it helps with diversity and communication.
Thus beauty and talent is the reason why people are becoming fans and or sponsors to a reality TV show. When Katniss interred the Capitol, from the first day, she had impressed the audience by her faction. Her stylist Cinna made her desirable and outstanding. Everyone is impressed by how beautiful and different Katniss and Peeta are from the other tributes. “No one will forget me.
“ A celebrity culture becomes and increasing part of peoples lives, children and young people often look up to young , attractive, successful entertainers and celebrities as figures to aspire towards”( Holley par. 7). Although, looking at celebrities as figures to pursue for significance young adults lives start increase the goal that is accomplished. For many looking up to the success and happiness that these role models are accomplishing makes their behaviors much more different then what they were before they had no one to look up
The audience (middle class youth), now have a huge respect towards that person. This gives the listener an emotional connection between them, and their favorite hip hop artist. In the head of the listener, people now think that the rapper opened up to them to let them know what trials one has faced. Making the interest even stronger than it was before. Listening to their favorite hip hop artist also allows them to really experience the “gangster” life without putting themselves in actual dangers.
This music would appeal to the target audience which was mainly young black boys and men as they would be able to identify with the lyrics. As a result of this, much black youth incorporated hip hop as a form of cultural capital in everyday life and within their interactions with other young black individuals. Black youth incorporate even to this day, hip hop as cultural capital in everyday life in a variety of ways. Bourdieu (1986) cited by Tierney (2016) suggested that cultural capital comes in three forms, embodied, objectified and institutionalised. Much black youth use hip hop as embodied cultural capital by the particular slang and dialect that use which is significantly linked to hip hop culture and found in many rap songs.
When introduced into the American culture, the black culture felt that hip-hop had originated from the African American community. The black community was being denied their cultural rights by the supremacy of the white people, but hip-hop gave the community the encouragement to show their black pride and televise the struggles they were facing in the world. The failure and declining of the movements, the influential, rebellious, and powerful music is what reshaped Black Nationalism, unity and to signify the struggle. The African Americans who suffered from social and political problems found that they similar relations to the political movements, which allowed the blacks to be able to voice their opinions and to acknowledge their culture openly. Hip-Hop became characterized by an aggressive tone marked by graphic descriptions of the harshness and diversity of inner-city life.
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.