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The Culture Of Hip Hop

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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. In the face of oppression, the Chican@-Latin@ population utilized hip hop music as a means to voice the community’s various issues, desires, and in the process empower its people.
Notably, hip-hop is the culture from which rap music emerged. According to Keyes, rap music is a musical form that makes use of rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular, which is recited or sung over a musical soundtrack (Rap Music and Street Consciousness, 1). Rap is a combination of MCing and DJing, which are two of hip-hop’s four
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The Chicana/o identity is a composition of cultural pride, consciousness, and commitment to activism. Cultural pride in the Chicano social identity emphasizes mestizaje, which is the mixture of Spanish and indigenous races. Consciousness refers to Chicanos being aware of their unfair historical and contemporary treatment while being committed to bringing change to the Mexican-American people. The commitment to social activism is bringing change to the community through education, politics, and economics. According to Lopez, Chicano Rap is a “subgenre of Rap music as well as Latin Hip Hop.” It is used as a medium to communicate the hardships and barriers faced by the Mexican immigrant community (Lopez,