In the movie “Friday” it displays a typical day in the ghetto and what obstacles two young black men had to go through just to get through one day. Ice Cube a famous American rapper from LA’s popular 90’s hip hop group NWA wrote this historic black comedic/drama film and along plays the main character Craig Jones. Craig plays the neighborhood hero after a chaotic day where he deals with bullies, his love life, annoying neighbors, and scary drug dealers. The film is based in south central LA in the mid 90’s where Craig and his best friend Smokey who is played by comedian/actor Chris Tucker find themselves in trouble after thinking it would be a typical Friday in the ghetto. Craig a young black man in his early twenties lives at home with his parents is determined to leave the ghetto but there 's just some things holding him back.
They would be killed if the slave masters heard them speaking in unfamiliar tongues. So they did what modern-day rappers do--they flexed their lyrical skillz." Hip hop has developed as a form of resistance to the subjugation of working-class African-Americans in urban
If he continues to hear about people shooting each other due to a lack of respect, then he will begin to see that as a social norm. Although there are many different reasons for shooting a person, when the code of the streets is presented in rap music repeatedly as the reason, many young black men treat the music as their version of a bible. In religion, the Bible is a guide for a person to live their life by. This rap bible, created by artist’s lyrics, is the reality for many young black men living in inner cities. The rap bible creates glorified role models for these
Another factor that contributed to the spatial pattern of Hip-hop around the world is protesting through hip-hop music. Rapper Artist, Tupac Shakur, rapped about gun violence in America. In his song “Trapped” he described how police cause violence as they use guns as their weapons to harass and arrest black people. He says in the lyrics, that they can’t put the black man down and he’d rather die than to be trapped in a living hell. Kanye West also protested about the conflict “blood” diamonds in his song “Diamonds” (featuring Jay-Z) which is against violence.
Some might say that in neighborhoods plagued by drugs and violence, the police have little choice but to arrest large numbers of young men and zealously run down outstanding warrants, particularly when those on the run may carry guns, become involved in serious violence, and/or deal drugs in the neighborhood. But around 6th street the street trade in drugs, neighborhood rivalries, and their potential for violence are all deeply woven into community life (201). Alice Goffman, a student from the University of Pennsylvania attending an urban ethnographic class for undergraduates, and was assigned an assignment to study an urban life through firsthand qualitative methods. Through a series of trials she intended to study the people at an independent movie rental store in downtown Philadelphia. However, because she had no knowledge of films she wasn 't granted the job to work there making it impossible to observe the workers of the film store.
When the Baltimore riots took place everyone around the world not just in Maryland started pointing fingers towards the black people. However, it was just the African race getting blamed when multiple races were involved in the riots. The riots took place because of innocent black people were being killed for example Freddy Gray was killed in the back of a patty wagon. Mr. Gray was put into the vehicle alive and well but when they went to take him out he was unresponsive. Alton Sterling would be another perfect example of police brutality against the African race.
Straight Outta Compton is a movie that focuses on five teenagers who have this love and desire to perform, entertain, and make music. The hip-hop group, N.W.A, is a group of guys known by their stage names, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, who are all from Compton, California. Compton, during this time, was known to be one of the worst cities to live and grow up in because of gangs, drugs, crime rates, and police brutality. Police brutality has been around for years now, and in Compton, it was extremely unacceptable for many reasons. From my understanding, police brutality is when a police officer harms or kill an individual who is unarmed.
This also appears in “American skin” because Lena is worried about her son going to school. In both texts there are a lot of crime. “American skin” could refer to the little black kid who was shot by the police, because the text says “41 shots” and “you can get killed just for living” which fits well for the little black kid who got shot in the text “The Baddest Dog in Harlem” The message in this text, is to show the problem of insulting black people, not only do they have to live with the fear of gangs and gunmen but they also have to live with the prejudices from cops and white people, so I think the message is to show how things really are in the real world, and to stop
Regulate is another hip hop song that challenges common music themes by speaking of personal hardship faced by the artist. This song basically summarizes a casual day for the rappers, as they stroll around the ghetto streets. Warren G and Nate Dogg get robbed by a group of men with weapons, taking everything they had, including Nate’s rings and rolex. The rappers speak of being scared to death, as they thought they would end up killed. Fortunately, things eventually turn around and they end up alive and well.
The overall goal of the film Notorious directed by George Tillman Jr was to display a young rappers dream to being a famous with popularity and money. The main character is Christopher Wallace, later known as Biggie Smalls or the Notorious B.I.G, and the film is based on a true story about Biggie’s achievements and failures through the duration of his rap career and life growing up in the ghetto. The film itself displays a different walk of life that are within the ghettos of Clinton Hill, New York. These ghettos indulge hip-hop and rap culture as a way of life as they are exposed to negative environmental factors like dealing crack. While directing the documentary Notorious of the life of Biggie Smalls, Tillman displays the setting of unstable ghetto life and the addition of specific musical selection and sound track to present major themes of hip-hop culture in his film.