Gangsta Rap Video Analysis

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The Gangsta Rap was founded in West Coast, particularly Compton, in the late 80’s. Ice-T, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre from N.W.A started the gangsta rap. Gangsta rap was founded in the time when there were some social norms exist. It was the revolutionary time for the recording industry and this revolutionary was brought to Americans by the MTV. Also, using personal computer was becoming popular in the USA at the time. These revolutionary made rap music easier to produce. Because of the MTV people were able to watch gangsta rap videos, where they could see the reasons for making a rap music about a specific topic. Rappers were willing and able to make images and stories for their rap and produced it by recording industries as MTV. Some people liked…show more content…
During that time police brutality was exist and police used to force black people extremely and physically. In “THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL TENSIONS IN GANGSTA RAP,” David Canton states that “While the video had shocked most white Americans, African Americans in Los Angeles were not surprised” (p:245). This excerpt clearly shows that the story of the rap video was common to the black people because the video was about protest against brutality and it was their own story. The video shocked white people because in the video black people raised their strong voice against…show more content…
They used violent lyrics in their rap and used to make the video powerful as well. Their rap music was against police and authority because black used to get beaten by the police on daily basis during that time. They used profanity in the lyrics, gun in the video to show the hatred for the police that they had. The society was affected by the gangsta rap in both positive and negative way at the same time. The positive impact on the society was that the rappers raised the voice against injustice and they taught colored people to fight against inequalities. On the other hand, gangsta rap had negative impact on the society in where they created some issues for the society. For instance, in the article “Chicano Rap Roots: Black-Brown Cultural Exchange and the Making of a Genre,” Pancho McFarland penned that “The deindustrialization process of the late twentieth century, oppressive social conditions, drugs, AIDS, police violence, and draconian legislation aimed at controlling people of color created such an atmosphere in the 1980s” (p:943) This quote shows the chaotic society of 80’s and 90’s. When rappers started the gangsta rap, the police became more violent but they couldn’t stop the rappers. In “From Compton to Cape Town: Black(faceless)ness and the Appropriation of Gangsta Rap in Die Antwoord 's
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