Music can be a reflection of our life experiences. Each genre of music invokes different emotions and reactions in its listeners. Rap has become a very popular genre of music. As its popularity has increased, some people have questioned whether it can trigger violence in teens. While some rap songs do have violent lyrics, there is no direct evidence that rap music provokes violence in teenagers.
From Eminem’s hardcore explicit lyrics, to Lil Kim’s outrageous outfits to the late Tupac Shakur’s “thug life” image, the rap subculture has been under a lot of speculation. Many rappers lyrics contain violent messages that parents fear are encouraging youth to become violent. The media has a field day covering protests against rappers, such as Eminem about their explicit lyrics towards gays, women and their promotion of violence. The main concern is how rap is influencing today, particularly towards the youth community, and the answer can be found in the media. There are a lot of articles, books, movies and documentaries written and produced each year with hip-hop being the main subject.
Rude Boy Music In Comparison With Gangster Rap Reggae music is a very powerful way of communicating a message to its listener’s. Reggae has evolved over time from many different types of music and lots of different forms from ska to reggae. The history of reggae starts over 400 years ago in the days of slavery. Under the severe oppression of slavery the African people tried to hold on the pieces of their culture that they could. Music and dance were among the most important cultural traditions retained by the African people.
Signifying, testifying, shining of the Titanic, the Dozens, school yard rhymes, prison ?jail house? rhymes and double Dutch jump rope rhymes, are some of the names and ways that various forms of raps have manifested. Modern day rap music finds its immediate roots in the toasting and dub talk over elements of reggae music (George, 1998).... ... middle of paper ... ... 3. Fernando, S.H., (1994). The New Beats.
He called it Hip-Hop. Some would call it “black noise”, but to urban African Americans it was music they could own; music they could learn to appreciate and adore. As they faced afflictions like racism, oppression, drugs, and much more, they used this new found hip- hop to express their thoughts and feelings. Today, we try to understand where this passion and substance in rap has escaped; if it was left to wither in the blazing grass, or blow away in the fresh air. Today, we try to understand what is hip hop, and why it’s becoming the “black noise” we once denied it to be.
“Fight the Power.” Accessed May 18th, 2012. http://www.salon.com/2002/06/03/fight_the_power/ Discography Chuck D, and Yusuf Jah. 1997. Fight the power: rap, race, and reality. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press. Dyson, Michael Eric.
I feel that many artists should have this way of view, instead of making their songs meaningless just to make money. The second article, “Commercialization of the Rap Music Youth Subculture” by M. Elizabeth Blair, expresses the point of the use of rap music to sell a product even though advertisers know nothing of the subculture.... ... middle of paper ... ...ciety causes its own members to think negatively of themselves and others according to the media portrayals that occur in an undesirable light. Works Cited Blair, M Elizabeth. "Commercialization of the Rap Music Youth Subculture." Rpt.
Hip-Hop is more than just rap, it is a lifestyle. According to Henry Rhodes in his article, "The Evolution of Rap Music in the United States", it originated in the Brox in the early 70s and is associated with music, dance, fashion, and art. Hip-Hop illustrates the violence and poverty people were living in during its formation. It important as an outlet for people who still live in the ghetto so they can relate to it in a different way. DJ Kool Herc is widely considered the father of Hip-Hop.
The words that rapper Lupe Fiasco says gives his audience a sense of awareness and stimulates their minds in a way where few other rappers have the capability or aspiration to create such a feeling. To explain, one only has to search under the most popular hip-hop songs and see that the majority of those songs talk about the clubs or life in a gang. Although his popularity may not rank other mainstream artists, Lupe Fiasco has sought to tell people about modern social, economic and political problems. A single from his new album Lasers titled “Words I Never Said” is certainly no exception as he attacks world issues and the people and groups behind them. However, if one is to listen to the song, one could question its credibility.