Another major theme on the album is violence. The unfortunate fact is that when people hear violent lyrics in rap music, they automatically think that the rapper is a violent person. . Contrary to popular belief, there have been songs dedicated to the empowerment of women in a male-dominant society. For example, in J. Cole’s song “Crooked Smile”, he is speaking to women who think that they have to meet certain expectations for men to accept them. More specifically, he explains that women shouldn’t have to make themselves perfect for anyone because nobody’s perfect.
Another article by Jon Pareles titled: “Have Rap Concerts Become Inextricable Linked to Violence?” examines the relationship between Hip-Hop and Rap with violence. He begins with describing what entering a rap concert would be like; a long line on policemen, a metal detector, then being frisked and more police and security guards lining the halls. He also explains how violence and the music has lead to hightened racial tensions among the African American communities. However, those views have been seen as racist. The violence appears to take place in diifernt ways such as, fighting, vandalizing property, and disturbances that occur when people are getting in.
In Hip Hop Music the portrayal of women is not only negative, but it can also be extremely violent. An example of this can be seen in songs from popular artists such as 50 cent who raps in his song P.I.M.P I was born to break a bitch (cited in Rose 2008). This is furthered by Weitzer, R. and. Kubrin, C. (2009) who stated that many rappers take pride in inflicting violence against women. Attitudes like this are harmful due to the fact they are distributing negative and violent depictions of women to vast amounts of people.
However, this brought about outrage in the white community, and led to even more acts of violence against blacks, assassinations of Black leaders, and economic inequality. (Sheppard)(Hohle) The rise of the Black Panther Party, a Black militant political group, introduced an entirely new paradigm to the strained relations between black Americans and police officers. They began spreading violent rhetoric and attacking the police back. There would be a long, violent fight for equality between the Black community, white militants, and the police.
Thesis: The popularization of rap music in the 1980s shrunk cultural separations between blacks and whites by exposing white youth to the reality that many black people in America were living in poverty and still experienced social and economic inequality to white people. Such exposure fostered white people’s interest, empathy, and respect for black Americans and created a more integrated country as a result. One of the most influential moments in rap music’s popularization was the rise of the song “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, which the first rap song to stray from the rap scheme of self praise and rather focus on issues in the black neighborhoods in New York. The newspaper article "RAP: THE FURIOUS FIVE” by John Rockwell was featured in the New York Times on September 11, 1982 and provides a powerful insight into the increasingly positive white reaction rap songs such as “The Message”.
How Hip-Hop and Rap Lyrics Affect Males If you want to understand how gender roles affect aspects of our daily lives the music industry is one place to look. This is simply because music is a diverse form of media that is used in almost everything we do, see, or consume. Music surrounds us every day, whether we’re in the car driving, going to the movies, or simply watching an advertisement on television.
more popular because of racism which then lead to violence. This song was known as being the civil rights movement theme song. This song was great for this time period because it sent a strong and a very powerful message to everyone who was effected by the events taking place. According to Pan African New Wire, it states that, "And when Aretha came out with 'Respect, ' we weren 't getting any respect. Black folks were being disrespected, being beat down, killed trying to get the right to vote.
The Sexism and Misogyny: Who Takes the Rap?, Bell Hooks made a good argument about the problem of the “gangsta rap” music being produce in the market. Even though the black men are the one who writes this kind of music, it is important to remember that they are not the only one responsible for this misogynistic rap among black women. Hooks is emphasizing the participation of powerful white people who helped to produce and supports this kind music. She also talks about that black men are being encourage to make lyrics that endorse sexism, violence and misogyny because they can make a lot of money through this type of music. Also in regards with Combahee River Collective Statement, it also discusses how black women fight together with black men
Public Enemy is a rap group that is known for their political music, which works to fight against the inequality and injustice in The United States. This song describes the horrific conditions of slave ships and the events people had to experience as a result of marginalization. It is without a doubt that these rappers use hip hop as a tool to release their frustration towards government, authority, and the timid and spineless society that exists today. These words paint a gruesome and vivid picture of the detrimental conditions black people had to undergo, yet the fight against racism is still not over.
In the entertainment industry under the category of music, in the article, it is said that ‘music is a reflection of the cultural and political environment from which it is born. Rap music emerged as an aesthetic cultural expression or urban African American youth in the Bronx, New York, in the late 1970s.’ (Adams & Fuller, 2006). This essay will be discussing Adams and Fuller’s (2006) analysis of how African American women are portrayed in rap music, the social impact it has in society. Rap music, in the African American community, has always been a way of expressing how the feel and deal with various issues surrounding their environment such as violence, thoughts and ideas involving race and most importantly rapping about misogyny.
There’s a lot going on about the world and how cops use excessive force when it comes to taking down the bad guy. This topic focuses on the black lives matter movement because they are letting cops get away with murder because the color of their skin and they wear a blue uniform with a badge. In many cases such as Michael Brown, Christian Thomas, and the little African American who the cop threw out the chair in SC. where the authority use excessive force to make their position clear in the society, but they do it too extreme and not needed. While sometime the amount of force is needed to withstand the victim , police abuse their authority in many cases because they can and is not needed but racial bias is playing a part.
Tupac inspired the youth to stand up for their civil rights Tupac Shakur is one of the most prominent figures of the 1990 's rap and hip-hop scene. Through his gang relationships, fascinating lyrics, and his very mysterious death in 1996; Tupac became an "Internet Icon" and is still very known and talked about. His words and actions helped to grow the rap and hip-hop scene of the time. Young black were taking Tupac 's rap lyrics for truth, and started joining gangs, representing their rap hero 's actions. He showing injustices that have been done to him or his friends in his songs; showing the world that even after discrimination was ended, racism was still prevalent towards young black men and that something needed to be done about it.
“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.