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.
They felt helpless and viewed the government in a very strong negative way based on the lack of help African American’s were given in the contexts of housing, education, and living. As rap music developed and more artists started bringing their own styles to the hip hop community more messages were being brought. Hip hop as a culture was formed on the political views of many black gang bangers who society cast aside and never thought would even be able to have political thoughts. In the mid nineties rap changed in a way that surprised many by having female artists come onto the scene. They were usually portrayed in a degrading manner by male artists in their lyrics and videos, but now women came forward and described themselves as sexual beings and how they have power over men based on their sexuality.
The particular title of the song sparked major debates within not only the African-American community thus the Caucasian communities as well. Debates included topics such as the significance and worth of freedom of speech compared with the need to take a stand against messages that denigrate African-Americans. This specific label turned into an outrage and came to the point where conservative white individuals stood in front of the record label expressing their feelings. These individuals made a point that it is because artists like Nas that there is an increase in gang and street violence within communities. Rap and hip-hop music only depicts a simple-minded image of black men as sex crazed, criminals, or “gangsters”.
However, though some rappers have violent or misleading lyrics, rap, just like other forms of music, cannot be understood unless it is studied without the framework of its history. Rap reflects its birth in the hip hop culture of urban, working class African Americans, its function as the voice of an otherwise underrepresented group and its roots in African American culture. Many rappers in the United States create songs that, through concerts and albums, spread their daily lives and dreams and attempt to inspire others to accomplish great feats despite the odds facing them. Rapper Phonte says: “I want to set a good example. Legacy is really what kids say about you because they know you best.”(Phonte, Philadelphia Tribune) Phonte knows that the goal of rap is to inspire others to do good and set a good example and he is one of the few rappers today that know... ... middle of paper ... ...out with good morals and concrete ideas that the country was built on but eventually rap like America became corrupted through certain people and ideas.
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).
All of the articles dealt with hip hop as an industry and how that industry is portrayed to African Americans through the commercialization of hip hop and stereotypes in society. The articles also discuss how that portrayal influences the opinions of African Americans to others and themselves. The first article, “About a Salary or Reality? – Rap’s Recurrent Conflict” by Alan Light, explains the evolution of hip hop from the various camps to become what it is today – a mix of the gangster rap it was from the beginning and the rap pop that grew out of it. Rappers felt that no matter how graphic they were they would sell albums, and at the same time prove commitment to their street heritage.
Hip hop has gone from just DJ-ing, graffiti, break dancing and just rapping to self-expression, mannerisms and demeanor. Hip-hop has made its way to mainstream tv such as Wild N Out, Love and Hip-hop, and Growing up Hip-hop. Hip-hop has influenced the lives of today’s youth, mostly African American youth. The influence that hip hop has on today’s youth can be both positive and negative. Unfortunately, it has more negatives because of the lyrics can be rather aggressive, the want for material gain, and encouraging misogynistic behaviors.
They found that whites and Asians who listened to hip-hop were more violent. The black youth did not fit this pattern; liking hip-hop was not a predictive factor for crime. For black youth, the appreciation for rap music are more associated with feelings of social injustice as well as having a lower cultural capital. This study will help to show how hip-hop influences other races.
This book is appealing to a person who want to know how hip hop has changed in the past decade and it points out many different attitudes toward hip hop in the Unites States. “The Hip Hop Wars What We Talk About - And Why It Matters” by Tricia Rose explores what hip hop has done to society in recent years and what people think it has caused. Though it has become one of the most commercially successful genres in mainstream music Tricia Rose explains that the topics in hip hop music have narrowed. Commercial hip hop mainly consist of black gangstas, thugs, pimps, and hoes. In the book she looks into the different points of views of people who think whether hip hop invokes violence or if it reflects life in a black ghetto and if it slows down advancement for African Americans in US.
Over the last three decades, rap has grown from a black inner-city culture into a global sensation. “From cinema, clothing lines, magazines, and American vernacular, hip-hop’s influence has made an indelible mark in popular culture.” (ogbar page 38). As a result of rap’s popularity, the artists struggle to remain authentic and not be commercialized. By “keepin it real”, the rappers show themselves as thugs rather than young black people dealing with poverty and underemployment. They feel pressure to legitimize themselves and tend to associate with the negative illusion rap has