Gorshtenin 1 Yan Gorshtenin Ms. Kreycik English II March 9 2016 The Pro’s and Con’s of Rap in our culture Just as the twentieth century had rock, jazz and disco, the twentieth century in which we live now revolves around hip-hop and our culture is defined by it. Hip-hop has much success for anyone who is producing, but means to me the difference between culture difference and success. Hip hop means good times and uplifting (words in a song). It means letting go of the past and looking forward to the future.
Because the lyrics of many rap songs tell stories of an artist’s personal experience of their everyday lives growing up, urban youth can relate and connect to the lyrics because they see and experience very similar things. Listening to the artist’s lyrics about their own experiences can teach the listeners to not make stupid mistakes and if they continue to follow the right paths, they can achieve more and be successful like the rappers. Hip-Hop literacies can be applied in and outside of the classroom. Students can identify themselves through Hip-Hop culture. In the article, “You Don’t Have to Claim Her”, the author and English teacher Lauren Leigh Kelly, explains that women of all ages can use Hip-Hop to identify themselves despite the genre
The Rap Plague The world of hip-hop would invite you to believe that rap music provides a poetic way to communicate one’s life experiences through music. In some ways this could be true, but what do you hear that sounds very poetic to you? Every day, people all around the world are listening to music. Music has become a big part in today’s society.
It has become common today to dismiss the effects gangsta rap has on society due to its popularity. Society is aware of the negative societal effects gangsta rap has, however, society continues to ignore the negative messages conveyed. Eric K. Watts argues through the media gangsta rap normalized the communication of oppression, violence, and misogyny; gangsta rap has become a commodity. Rappers assert their authority in the streets through violence and appearing superior to women and anyone else. Watts states owning “an attractive young woman builds a young man’s self-esteem.”
Today, the things we see and hear have a large impact on our values. Music is a very influential art form to all ages, especially rap music. With the right goal in mind, along with proper lyrics, rap music can be a good thing. A song that tells a story or brings motivation to its listeners rather than influence poor behavior. In its current form, rap music is doing very little good for its listeners and can have a negative impact on those who choose to listen.
Although there are positive themes within rap music, the over-sexualized, stereotypical images strongly resonate throughout the genre. These themes, interrelated and occurring concurrently, provide a complex and often contradictory message about sexual norms and Black womanhood. Several themes were garnered from this research including: 1) early puberty increases likelihood of high risk behaviors, 2) rap music influences all levels of these youths intersecting identities, and 3) negative messages about sexuality may be internalized by the youth themselves as well as Black men and White individuals in the broader society. Utilizing rap music to help African American female youth explore their identity and counteract negative stereotypes may
Sam, a High School Senior in the lower class in Seattle, is an aspiring computer scientist. He has gotten perfect grades all throughout his schooling, and has gotten many scholarships for Washington State University. Lately, he has started listening to “gangster” rap with his friends, because he enjoyed the style the rappers used in their writing. Since he started listening to gangster rap, his grades have started going down, and he is getting more disruptive in class. What should his parents do?
In the essay, “Rerouting Rap Music,” Nick Vinci focuses on the issues of censoring rap music and the common stereotypes of the genre. He states how the media and older generations criticize rappers due to their music displaying violence, drugs, and ignorance, which is why rap censorship is encouraged. Nick attempts to contradict the claims by revealing the social, political, and economic messages rappers send to listeners. Nick uses interesting sources, facts, and comments to support his topic, however, there are a few concerning errors in his essay.
The authors of this journal article suggested that rap music was responsible for most homicides in the early 2000’s. The article showed how music changed from being something people loved and supported to nothing but killing and disrespectful language. According to this articles the authors states that rap music is held accountable for most male on male crime. This supports my thesis by three categories the authors placed rap music in. (1) Glorification of moralizing killing, (2) tales of devastation of violent death and the need for change in society, and (3) homicide used as a metaphor for being a superior
Music is one of the oldest cultures in the world and it has been existed longer than the language which is more than 3000 years ago. People have been wondering what does music actually means? There are so many theories about music definition; however there has been no confirmed answer to this question. Music is very unique and it plays different roles in different people’s lives. Music has different meaning to each individual and because of that it is impossible to conclude a definition, however the meaning of music can be explained through opinions rather than fact.
“Hip-hop is definitely not what it used to be, which was creative and original music.” - Missy Elliot. Often times when people hear about Hip Hop/Rap music, they will paint a picture in their head of black men cursing, guns, marijuana, lots of money, and girls looking like prostitutes. Hip hop is a well diverse genre; It came out of South Bronx, New York in the 1970’s. Rapping is a vocal style, in which the artist speak along with a beat or and instrument. Hip-hop has many different concepts; it has its own culture.
Hip Hop is an expressive art form that uses rhymes, rhythm, figurative language, beats, and song lyrics to tell both fictional and true stories about one’s self, environment, and society. Jay Z, an iconic Hip Hop legend, once said in his song ‘A Dream,’ “Remind yourself, Nobody built like you, You designed yourself!” Putting religious concerns aside, the previous quote has some positivity. Just like this Jay Z song, there are various rap(another term for Hip Hop) songs and artists that send positive messages through their lyrics.