Hip-hop could be slow and it could be fast pace this is why hip-hop could be listened to when happy or sad and the same thing with rap. Do not get me wrong, they are many songs that rap about drugs, girls, and rap but, they also rap about how they came from nothing to something and this makes people think they could be something someday. Most hip-hop and rap artist have been through some tough things in their life, whether it was their friend dying or not having a father to be there for them and that is what makes their songs how they are. In a paper written by Cambridge University professors Akeem Sule and Becky Inkster, argue that hip-hop music can “positively transform people 's’ lives and achieve a formidable sense of empowerment, street knowledge, resilience, and self healing.” Hip-hop therapy is starting to be a big thing in the medical community to treat depression and anxiety. Hip-hop therapy is used to make people happy by playing some of many upbeat hip-hop hit
Music is a melody that affects people’s mind and soul. It varies from culture to culture between times and places. In the 1970, funding for after school programs, music and art classes had been dropped. Teenagers’ only way to express their feelings used to be songs, so they distracted themselves by participating in rap battles instead of going through drug addiction and other bad habits. With their stunning effort, they made what is known as the hip- hop and rap culture of today.
I listen to Hip-Hop when I am in social settings as well as when I am by myself. Although I do enjoy this type of music, I believe it may pose a serious threat to the youth. This genre of music is currently shifting towards the negative aspect of the Hip-Hop culture and drifting away from the positive, self-expressive model that it originated from. Modern Hip-Hop music is considered to have been started during the 1970 's in New York 's South Bronx. While the Hip-Hop culture is known most notably known for its unique style of music, it is also made up of other art forms such as "Graffiti", "Deejaying" or "Mixing", and "Dancing".
Rock and roll music culture has affected the world we live in today in both positive and negative ways. It has changed the black and white racial barrier and the views on people’s emotions, but it has also negatively affected drug use and some behaviours of others. Rock and roll music culture started as a very small and non harmful thing and it eventually became a popular topic within the media. Slowly, the ways of others began to change as results of listening to rock and roll. They passed these ways on through the generations and today, it now affects our everyday lives in various forms.
First developed at the end of the 17th century, Bomba flourished along the coast of Puerto Rico where West Africans and their descendants worked the colonial sugar canes (Prfdance). It comes out of the musical traditions brought by enslaved Africans in the 17th century. To them, bomba music was a source of political and spiritual expression. The lyrics conveyed a sense of anger and sadness about their condition, and songs served as a catalyst for rebellions and uprisings. But Bomba also moved them to dance and celebrate, helping them create community and identity (Smithsonian).
Moreover, the advancement of technology led to the widespread of rap culture. It helps promote commonalities in issues discussed, knowledge of hip-hop community current events and language patterns (Mattar, 2003). Youngster can share their rap songs and lyrics on the Internet. People around the world are curious to the creativeness of raps. They tend to share and create more and more rap songs in order to get into this new culture.
Contemporary spoken word poetry started in America, in the 1950s as an underground political movement. Spoken word poetry started as a grassroots, underground political movement in the urban areas of the USA, which included hip-hop culture as well as rap music to performance techniques. The poets addedhip hop culture and rap music to their narrative performances to help them to express themselves, their lived experiences and social realities (Sommers-Willett, 2006). The Mayhem Poets (2008/2009) noted that both the Beat Poets and Bam created poetic gestures that were simple and spoke to the immediate culture, energy and needs of the people. This was in contrast with the more ‘theory based academic’ aims of modern writers and critics.
In Hamilton the Revolution written by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Miranda related the life of Hamilton to “…Nas, 2Pac, Eminem, Hamilton lived hard, wrote fast, hustled his ass off.” Throughout the entire musical Miranda has openely shared his inspiration for key lines, these lines that are clearly tribute to famous rappers and songs engage the audience and pull them into the story by connecting a historical anthem and a story of history untold and unfamiliar to many. Miranda makes many hat tips, homages, and inspired notes towards many of founding fathers of hip hop to help establish the founding fathers in his own, Hamilton. Miranda references many classical and few modern rappers such as 2Pac, Mobb Deep, Notorious BIG, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, and Method Man to name the main few. Lots of emphasis is placed on the life of Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious BIG, in relation to the character of Alexander mainly in the fact that BIG like Hamilton had “survival instincts… storyteller, inspiration,” both figures were also shot and killed at a young age. The inspiration from BIG does not end in the character formation but Miranda went on to create a version of Notorious BIG’s classic, “The 10 Crack Commandments” paraphrased in the musical as the “10 Duel Commandments” to further enforce the mirrored image of the characters in each other and the activities they engaged in and the customs and codes that related to these activities.
Hip-hop culture has been the topic of various academic, social, and political discourses. Rap music, in particular, has made its way to mainstream media which is evident in the numerous films and movies that centers on what was once a part of an underground culture. Scholars explain that the popularity of hip-hop in both music and films are partly due to its potential to disseminate information, address an issue, and promote social change. Tinson and McBride (2013), for example, note that hip-hop is a “…form of critical education at the intersection of, and inseparable from political engagement” (1). Scholars further note that hip-hop’s current state “…requires frequent accounting of its engagement with the social, political, and cultural climate
I think that this course was extremely useful. It made me think about topics beyond hip-hop such as cultural appropriation, capitalism, and the American pedagogy. This class opened my eyes to how hip-hop is directly linked to historical caricatures and cultural appropriation of black culture. To be honest, I thought that we would just talk about hip-hop from the 1980s until now and analyze dozens of lyrics. I definitely never thought about hip pop and the commodification of hip-hop, but this class made me think about how the aspects of hip hop relate to me.