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).
Hip-hop has become an intricate part of American culture, such music can alter the minds of the listeners. Currently hip-hop instils improper beliefs that negatively influence American people. As reported by Susan Weber, a music therapist at MMB Music Inc., “if someone is rapping over and over again about killing cops, someone is more likely to kill cops because people are susceptible to suggestions” (Haynes, 2006). There is a tendency for violent gestures such as killing to be shown in rap. The advertisement of killing, makes the audience more prone to to thinking of killing.
Another artist, Lil Uzi Vert, also contemplated suicide because he was depressed about a failing relationship. On the other hand, there is also a lot of negativity towards rap. A lot of this is because some rappers, such as N.W.A, wrote songs that demonized the police, such as their song “Fuck the Police,” which talks about the racist tendencies of police. As a result of the group already being very well known, they caused hateful sentiment towards police to be deemed socially acceptable. One negative influence of rap and hip-hop that is unfortunately common throughout rap is themes that condemn certain parts of society, such as the police.
The Ku Klux Klan membership by 2005 neo-Nazi groups had fallen on hard times, with many groups collapsing or fragmenting. This collapse has helped create a rise of racist skinhead activity, but has also provided new opportunities for Klan groups. The Klan has a fairly high association with criminal activity, ranging from hate crimes to acts of domestic terrorism. The often conduct mass mailings, leafleting and the use of the internet to either gain members or spread hate. In the recent years the KKK was more violent than they ae now.
The death of Notorious B.I.G brought relevance to the discussion regarding conflicts of violence in American rap culture with regards to gang culture within urban black American youth culture. Basu explains how violent events and shootings among rap artists give rap culture a bad reputation which receives a lot of medial attention. However, the violent nature which hip-hop at times carries can be consider to be the tip of the iceberg of the deeply rooted social and economical aspects of the rap culture. In the 90’s, when this article was released, hip hop had gained a lot of economic power in the music industry and it is explained how rap music had become a channel for the unprivileged urban youth to take charge over their own situation and tell their side of the story. Music associated and developed in black culture has, since the 30’s, been marketed and sold by white companies.
50 cent vs. JA Rule 50 cent claimed that the feud began in 1999 after JA Rule spotted him with a man who robbed him of his jewelry and also because of JA Rule “trying to be Tupac” Ja Rule claimed the conflict stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because 50 cent did not like JA Rule getting love from the neighborhood. Another hostility happened where another rapper from Murder Inc. stabbed 50 cent Beats dances and more Individuals of different races started to rap! During the late 90’s and early 2000’s to hip hop culture… lately rappers such as yela wolf and MGK have been making head way both underground and mainstream… some think that they are not credible because they’re white and not linked to the culture…but their lyrical
Instances such as the Freedom Summer, and the Freedom Riders protests were met with deadly consequences as local police alongside with the likes of the Ku Klux Klan carried out false arrests, fatal beatings, instances of arson, and even murder. Naturally as a response to such atrocities, activists sought out differing methods of resolution; many followed the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr., whilst others preferred more violent and radical measures such as that of the Black Panthers organization, of which alongside that of police resistance delayed the advent of the Civil Rights Act as the two parties and other similar counterparts would conflict with the idea of harmony or equality and instead would perpetuate the cycle of civil unrest between law enforcement and that of the general public for generations to come. Since that of the Civil Rights Movement, society as a whole changed. Diversity upon the United States flourished as citizens from various nationalities were now prohibited from being discriminated upon solely on the color of their skin. However like that of society, so did law enforcement change, and with the arms industry following suite, thusly setting
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.
Hip-hop is one of the most popular and profitable music industries in the world. For instance, Pitbul, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West . This fact is quite alarming since the general idea which hip-hop music is based on degrades women. This music promotes misogyny - a term used to express hatred and prejudice against women . Women are constantly humiliated and disrespected in hip-hop songs, which may influence society’s attitude towards them, especially among adolescents.
Another factor that contributed to the spatial pattern of Hip-hop around the world is protesting through hip-hop music. Rapper Artist, Tupac Shakur, rapped about gun violence in America. In his song “Trapped” he described how police cause violence as they use guns as their weapons to harass and arrest black people. He says in the lyrics, that they can’t put the black man down and he’d rather die than to be trapped in a living hell. Kanye West also protested about the conflict “blood” diamonds in his song “Diamonds” (featuring Jay-Z) which is against violence.