Hip-Hop Music: Today's Counterculture

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“Rap is the rock 'n' roll of the day. Rock 'n' roll was about attitude, rebellion, a big beat, sex and, sometimes, social comment. If that's what you're looking for now, you're going to find it here.” (Simpson). Hip-hop is considered to be today’s counterculture known for it’s explicit hip-hop music and the ‘thug life’ it portrays. Many people consider hip-hop music to be brutish and a decline in music. As for the people within the subculture, they are considered to be uneducated, ‘thugs’, or even ‘ghetto’ amongst many other impressions. Despite the widely held idea that hip-hop music represents sex, drugs, and violence, hip-hop music has many positive aspects and influences that outweigh the negative perception.
The hip-hop culture is a cultural
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Hip-hop and hip-hop artists influence a lot of what is trending and being sold in stores. Some trends include bucket hats, skinny jeans, baggy jeans, bling, raiders gear, and a pair of Timberlands. A lot of hip-hop artists have started their own clothing lines like Kanye West and Nelly with Apple Bottom Jeans. Even street wear (or urban wear) is a new industry in the fashion scene making money from basic shirts with logos for $30. Hip-hop and fashion have merged together to create something to be an inspiration on the runway and on the streets. Language has also evolved from hip-hop creating new ways for youth to express themselves. The University of Illionois defines slang as the “non-standard use of words in a language and sometimes the creation of new words or importation of words from another language”. Ebonics is scholarly research to explore the relationship between hip-hop slang and African American English. “YOLO” was popular slang for ‘you only live once’ made famous by Drake in 2011. People were saying it everywhere on social media. The term ‘twerk’ recently made it into the Oxford dictionary. Twerking became popular because of rap music and music

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