In a recent article by CNN, pop artist Bruno Mars was found accused of “cultural appropriation,” by critics of his new album, “24k Magic.” The Cambridge Dictionary defines “cultural appropriation” as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture." Writer and activist, Seren Sensei posits that Mars’ “takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it," she added. "He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better.” The singer is known for combining different genres such as hip-hop, soul, R&B, and others rooted in traditionally African-American culture. While some saw his new album
In the USA Hip Hop has propelled, set-back and reflected dark skinned culture. There has been a long time of Hip Hop that has been reactant, communicating disappointments in a culture around bigotry for instance, in the late 1980 's, quite a bit of what we catch wind of with respect to police ruthlessness, stop and search routines and focusing on dark skinned youth. Americans trusted that hip hop music advanced viciousness, belittled ladies and overlooked drug utilization. Albeit a few people say that the verses in some Hip-Hop music are fierce and advance the wrong esteems, Hip Hop "has decidedly influenced" the way individuals think act and dress. Although Hip Hop in America has also brought great positives to their culture and way of life Hip Hop has been key in advancing social and political mindfulness among the adolescent of today.
War and protest music comes in many genres, but Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” was released in the upbeat, rock manner that society in the 1960s was just becoming familiar with. The music video used is not original, but instead is a collage of videos taken from Vietnam War. The video shows the carnage endured by American soldiers during the battle and demonstrates the realities of war. This work fits the overall theme because although the song does not explicitly mention Vietnam, Creedance Clearwater Revival intended for the song to be seen as a means of protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Many civilians during the 1960s were against the United States entering the war in Vietnam, and males were worried that they would be picked in the draft.
Originally, the meaning of the word rap was to strike or hit, which is rather ironic looking at how violence is expressed through rap today. The definition changed over time, and a few centuries later, it became a word meaning to talk or have a conversation. Around the 1960’s people from black communities began using it as a slang word in the same context, and during the 1970’s the word became a term representing a new musical style where words were performed rhythmically, often to an instrumental backing. The beginning of this new culture that we now know today as Hip-Hip was founded in the Bronx, New York. Today, rap music is undeniably one of the most popular music genres, dominating all music charts.
To understand the complexity and influence of Kanye West, one must grasp the context of the music industry at his arrival. Hip hop has become one of the most popular forms of music of the 21st century. Unfortunately, rapping was not always considered this beloved genre of music like it is today. In the 80s and 90s, hip hop had an extremely ardent fan base because many critics considered the genre as “gangsta” or “hood” music. This criticism emerged, “with the mainstream success of gangsta rap, where drugs, violence, and misogyny became more prominent” (Holly).
HOW DID US FOREIGN POLICY INFLUENCE THE POPULAR MUSIC OF THE 1960S? The 1960s in the United States of America was mobilised by an intense musical rebellion created and spread by artists and citizens across the country. The music became a powerful means of protesting the controversial political decisions and actions of the leaders of the time. Amongst other social issues, the protest movements of the 1960s were primarily protests against the Vietnam War which lasted from 1945 to 1975 and impacted on the five American presidencies of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. These varied and multi-cultural groups had one element in common.
While several early attempts to assimilate rock and roll music into British culture failed, the jazz, skiffle style became the turning point, examples of skiffle can be seen in the songs of Lead Belly covered by Lonnie Donegan.2 With the decline of skiffle British rock and roll started to soar to the top of the charts. In different parts of the UK many musicians had experimented with combining American and British styles. In Liverpool this led to a movement known as Merseybeat, the ' 'beat
Originating from 1960s, hippies, as a counterculture countering official ideologies and calling for freedom and peace, spread widely in North America and Western Europe, then also went to the communist East. For example, in early 1970s, some Ukrainian young hippies started to form their own organizations, which later enlarged the scales. Although continued to use western slogans “make love, not war”, unlike their western counterparts, Soviet Hippies especially utilized the subculture as a way to repulse Soviet regime. Some historians like Juliane Fürst (Transnational Histories 236) further argues, besides idealogical interpretation, Soviet hippies movement could also be analyzed as an apolitical life style, which differentiated from and opposed
The film Lucifer Rising (1972), directed by Kenneth Anger uses Avant-garde practises (“of or relating to the experimental treatment of artistic, musical, or literary material.”(2)) in order to inspire the idea of the new generation bringing change to the new age. Anger uses paganist imagery and symbolism, combined with a soundtrack by Bobby Beausoleil that was composed entirely in prison in order to aptly describe the growing counter-cultural movement in San Francisco at the time of the film’s conception. Lucifer in the film is used as a symbolic equivalent to the teenagers, turned- on children, teeny-boppers and adolescent hippies of the late 1960’s. A fundamental feature of this film is the way Anger portrays Lucifer. He is not perceived as a force for evil, but a positive force for the new era.
The dominating modern genre of music known as pop, though popular, has become redundant. Lyrically, modern artists focus on the same topics of drugs, sex, and lustful love. For instance, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were taken to court over the similarities between their song Blurred Lines