Hip Hop produced similar idols and ambassadors through the years and decades. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential MC in the United States. His lyrics containing strong statements about the situation of African-Americans in the present-day society where the black community still have to face issues of racism and police brutality. Kendrick is a similar character to Martin Luther King considering his commitment towards his community and culture, his voice has a strong influence on black people. Sometimes when social injustice and racial issues drench the society, music is one of the best way to demonstrate against these problems.
Rap emerged into the mainstream of the music world in late 1979 but seems to be fueling up more of a flame in today’s society. “Although rap is frequently criticized for its violent lyrics, this reputation primarily emerged from a subgenre called ‘gangsta rap,’ which became popular with artists such as Ice-T and the group N.W.A. in the 1980s. Gangsta rap frequently includes profanity and glorifies drugs and violence and is particularly criticized for portraying inner-city youth as leading violent lifestyles”(Rap (Music)). Today’s rap messages differ from the 80’s and 90’s, but a few things have stayed.
Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and Tupac “2Pac” Shakur, were two idealized entertainers who acted in an influential role geared to internalized racism on our generation of youth. Youth visualize these two musical geniuses as leaders of the African American Hip-Hop era. Both entertainers represented themselves individually and behind their music crew. The Notorious B.I.G. was a dedicated member of The Bad Boy Entertainment, accompanied by Sean “P.
violence in rap music. Although many people object to violence in rap, the lyrics are simply a Do you believe that the lyrics in rap music influences the violence in the ghetto today? Our opinions may be different, but I feel as if I can change your mind about how you view manifestation of the violence that goes on in the streets and neighborhoods of America. Rap music is merely a reflection of its environment, and must not be pinpointed as the root of increasing violence in american society. (salem) I feel like this is so true in so many different ways.
In her essay “hip hop’s betrayal of black women,” Jennifer McLune implies that “(h)ip-hop owes its success to the ideology of women-hating” (193). She does not agree with Kevin Powell’s article that hip-hop does not mean to “offend” black women, but instead artists are only letting out their temper throughout their music. McLune feels infuriated that many artists in hip hop (including black men) rap about their community and downgrade their own women. In the hip-hop genre, sexism is mainly used, not only by black men but also by many other race hip-hop artists. Artists assume that women-hating in their rap songs will be accepted by women, but do not realize that it is affecting all women.
Did you know that since rap music became popular violent crimes have declined? The rap movement has a positive change on society because it exposes the hardships of discrimination, rappers have been known to give back to their communities, and most rappers send a positive message to the youth. The rap movement invokes change on society because it exposes the harsh truth of discrimination. Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen was gunned down by white police officer Darren Wilson and left for dead thus beginning protests (Charity, Diaz, Drake). Rap artists are using incidents like what happened to Michael Brown to speak about in their music.
associated with the hip-hop and rap culture; her distortion comes from the fact that she only focuses on one side of it. The content of her songs lacks the same depth and meaning; it shows the subjective perception of what hip-hop and rap is without a history to back up the values. Examining her song “Mo Bounce” in particular, we see that there are several major problems with the image she projects. For one the lyrics are repetitive, the phrase “mo bounce” is constantly repeated and makes up the majority of the song. The beat in the background adopts a hip-hop style, making it seem like a typical hip-hop and rap song.
This criticism emerged, “with the mainstream success of gangsta rap, where drugs, violence, and misogyny became more prominent” (Holly). The song that can do the best job summarizing the atmosphere of the hip hop industry at the time is N.W.A’s famous ballad, “Fuck tha Police.” Thus, the followers of hip hop developed
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. Rap music teaches individuals from a few alternate points of view and raises numerous social issues.
The “hood” bore the hip-hop culture that incorporated ethnicity, art, and politics, and encompassed more than just music; it was a way of expressing the issues of the racist society. The rap music, sharing its root with other forms of traditional African-American music, bore artists like N.W.A. who documented these secular problems through their records. “They wanted to talk about what they were going through, seeing” and have transformed the way of delivering messages (NPR). In conclusion, the post-black era bred improved diversity and complex identity in African-American culture.