Today, the musical genres created and influenced by African Americans are top sellers in the country, though jazz isn't as popular today it will remain a big part of American culture and history. ("20th Century Music," n.d.). The unfortunate circumstances of the slave trade introduced America to unique sounds, rhythms and song structures of African tradition and influenced the creation of blues, jazz and many more musical genres. Although racism deemed the early development of African American music “immoral”, the lively and diverse music thrived and spread American culture around the world.
Blacks and whites began mixing socially; and it was the art of Black America that made this connection between the races possible. The Harlem Renaissance had a big impact on the art world and for African Americans. While the Harlem Renaissance was built on African American traditions and culture, it was also influenced by European and White American artist. Art has always been a form of expression, and for African American it became an outlet for opposing racial inequality and to quote, “primitive/savage” stereotypes placed upon them.
This event is considered to be the largest shift in African American culture that occurred during the 20th century as African Americans from across the country began to discover themselves and personally define what it meant to be “black”. This time period also marked the beginning of a shift in white recognition and acceptance of African American culture as whites across the country joined their black counterparts in enjoying jazz music and black literature. However, such a change didn’t mean that racism and racial prejudice were erased entirely. Such problems remained prevalent throughout the Harlem Renaissance, though their effects were limited by the sheer size and power of such a movement. Such a movement changed the lives of African Americans throughout the country as their culture was, for the first time, taken seriously by the general population.
During World War I, Black Americans living in the South flocked to northern cities such as New York in the 1920s, in pursuit of a new life consisting of fairer treatment and better pay. This migration posed a new opportunity for African-Americans; a platform for self expression. As a result of this migration, it was not long until the borough of Harlem, New York became a hub of cultural explosion. Historians such as Howard Zinn argue that the economic situation at the time was responsible for sparking such a movement. This is view is agreeable because Harlem truly changed during events such as the American Civil War and World War I when it was subjected to much reconstruction.
Thus, the culture was created as a form of communal resistance to financial instability and the institutional exclusion of the youth. Furthermore, hip-hop is initiated by the potential to fabricate alternative spaces for the purpose of growth and expression. Hip-hop as a “space” also works as a tool for accessing capital for people of color who were brought up in an America that has often cultivated values and attitudes similar to that of the Horatio Alger myth (McMurray, 76). Thus, the genre and culture of hip-hop have become an improvisation for the malleability of Islam and its debated meanings, political histories, and various
Hip hop and rap music have always been a magnet for controversy, both within the music and the actions of hip hop artists themselves. Although there is a wide variety of hip hop and rap music, it is important to note that despite this, the messages used have been identified as homogenous. Hip hop has also been a medium for messages, such as cultural, political, and social. This essay will focus on the scope of hip hop from its roots, cultural significance, reproduction of gender and racial constructs, misogynistic themes towards women and African American women in particular, claiming of power within academic literature in two songs, ‘Famous’ by Kanye West and ‘Back Home’ by Zeds Dead and Freddie Gibbs.
The NAACP impacted a lot of african american lives around the united states. They helped african americans be looked at differently in the world then what they used to be seen as in the old days. Without Civil Rights and fighting against anti-black activist america would be the same as it use to be , when whites owned slaves, and made african americans work long hours n heat for little money. The NAACP changed lives and helped african americans not be view certain way.
The use of rhyme and rhythm has therefore been used to represent the plights of the black people The plights of the black people is seen to be stemming from slavery Hip-hop is largely seen a music genre pre-dominantly celebrated by the black people singing about the historical injustices as well as their fight for recognition, money and fame
It has impacted a lot of things in the world from fashion to politics. Hip hop music has been used as a means to create songs that deliver somewhat negatives messages such as sex, drugs, and violence “The Message by Grandmaster Flash”, and “F**k the Police” by N.W.A”. It has also been used to advocate more positive messages. Despite the violence hip hop perpetuate it also has a big impact in our culture
Most reasonable people would agree that all lives matter in general, but what those people fail to recognize is that issues such as police violence and brutality also affect African Americans disproportionately. Using a sociological lens to examine the problem, one should be able to understand that all lives do matter while also taking into account how social structures and social institutions- including law enforcement and the criminal justice system- treat African Americans differently leading to the creation of movements like 'Black Lives Matter' and its counterpart 'All Lives Matter'. As Bedrick put it, erasing race will not erase
Both groups are excellent with samplings. At the time in which sampling became the mainstream, people worried that whether this will lead hip-hop music to innovation or regression. According to Perry, “hip-hop music concerns itself with both the self and the we” (Perry 31). I think both group presented their creativity in their songs. In Fight the Power, Public Enemy uses samples from Different Strokes by Syl Johnson, Funky Drummer by James Brown and Fight the Power by The Isley Brothers (“Public Enemy - Fight the Power”).
Hip Hop, a genre that was created, innovated, and popularized by African Americans throughout mid to late 1900s and early 2000s. Because of this, some Hip Hop fans maintain that the genre should remain a totally black art form, and that whites are not invited. Despite this, the top selling rapper of all time, with over 100 million records sold internationally, is Eminem, a white rapper from Detroit. With this being the case, one must wonder if race should not have anything to do with whether or not someone can rap. Many of the most acclaimed African American rappers have often touched on racism, as well as equal opportunity for all races.
A passage that demonstrates border crossing in Unit 5 is "Hip Hop Planet" by James McBride. This article examines a global phenomenon that crosses economic, racial, and geographical borders. James McBride, once a critic himself, is impacted by the rich history and culture of Hip Hop. Originally, James McBride dislikes the genre describing one of his most disturbing fears as having his daughter marry a rapper. It isn't until after he learns the history of Hip Hop that he respects and appreciates the music.
“Fools thought they were celebrating the 30th anniversary of hip hop…when they were really presiding over a funeral (Tate).” This quote from “Hip Hop turns 30 watcha celebratin’ for?” is both true and false. It is true because the hip hop that emerged in the 1970s is slowly disappearing from the music world and a new form of hip hop is reigning supreme, some would say a more commercialized or corporate version of hip hop. Despite its slow disappearance from the scene, aspects of the hip hop world created in the 1970s are still present in the current music scene. For instance, the dependence on beats to carry a song, the misogyny, the studio gangsta, and last but not least, the dis element.
The use of the “n” word is a highly problematic issue in American society. The “n” has a special and unique place in the American language. In fact, according to Sean Price in his “Dropping the N-word” article, he says that in “Metro area high schools...50 percent of the student agree on using the “n” word” (Dropping the N-Word, Price). Although the word is very modern, its roots come from the word "negro", back from the 1700 and 1800’s when it was most prevalent in wealthy American plantations. The “n” word was used by many whites as a racial slur and as a way to degrade African American descents.