This article focuses on the appropriation of Black American linguistics as a result of participation in hip hop culture. Cutler specifically focuses on the adoption of African American Vernacular English by white middle class urban youth who have come to participate and developed a sense of belonging to Black American culture. She follows the development of Mike, a white middle-class boy that she knew from when he was young, from his inclusion of and growth into the subculture through his actions and words. Through the changes from his adolescent years to late teenage years, it becomes apparent that he has developed a sense of belonging towards hip hop culture and has adopted it as part of his sense of identity. She pays particular attention to the changes in his speech through his appropriation of African American Vernacular English, such as changes in pronunciation and grammar, before delving into the sources of accesses that white youth in general would have to adopt this dialect of English.
In the 1970’s hip hop dance was quickly being molded into a legitimate dance culture. Dancers showed off their skills whenever, wherever. In the 1980’s, as breaking, popping, and locking were being institutionalized all over the United States, hip hop was evolving from random performances to formal competitions. What would have been youth violence in gangs were now dance crews. Dancers in the same neighborhood or block would form a crew and create their own identity.
As acknowledged by Candice Jenkins, a researcher on Hip-Hop and the Literary from Duke University , “indeed, it calls for a rigorous attention to rap's language and to the genre itself as a particular kind of verbal artifact, one driven as much by aestheticized oral communication as by musical expression” (Jenkins, 2013). Hip-hop and Literary studies focuses on the message that hip-hop music portrays, and the meaning of the diction. Society's ability to function stimulates from being able to communicate and be expressive through different formats. American culture norms are seen to include patience and peacefulness (InterExchange, 2018). Hip-hop was centered around a self-expression for artist, and a form of relatability for audiences;
Once a political stance to project the difficulties and opinions of the those in the impoverished or ghetto areas, Hip Hop presented style and creativity of storytelling. Hip Hop was a release and it was a way in which people could reclaim their energy against racism and discrimination. Unfortunately through the rise of Hip Hop, animosity rose as well. Western culture has pre-established ideas about what roles men and women play in society. Starting from the Frontier, men were suggested to have this dominating persona.
The term “hip-hop” is used today to describe a specific form of dance and music, but actually encases a much broader art. “It [Hip-Hop] is the cultural embodiment of violence, degradation, and materialism . . . a multibillion-dollar industry based on debauchery, disrespect, and self-destruction” (3). Although hip-hop does heavily involve music and dance, Joseph G. Schloss has found that there are many more aspects that make up the hip-hop culture. Foundation is a collection by Schloss of his findings from his research of hip-hop.
Hip Hop and Roots -The Study on the New York Born Dance Culture- Summary This paper traces back the roots of Hip Hop culture particularly focusing on dance/Bboying/Bgirling/ Breakin? known as breakdanceing in general by conducting the interview on pioneers and practitioners meanwhile analyzing some previous researches.
It is easy to argue that "music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same" (Denver). However, not only does music bring us together as humans but also delivers an accurate depiction of society and it helps spread relevant ideas/.
Abstract In the 2000s, hip-hop has become not only a music genre, but also a subculture movement in the U.S society. However, hip-hop is just a “tip of the iceberg” which is called Afro-American or African-American music culture. Since the 17th Century, when the first group of African slaves arrived to the America, a new form of culture has been developed, although there were several prohibitions and non-acceptances from the white American. Since then, new genres of music originated from the African-American society have occurred, grown and become well-known, such as, blues, jazz, soul, rock-and-roll, rap, R&B...
Hip Hop: The Good Message Americans today tend to believe that hip hop has a bad message in their songs. What you did not know is that lyrics have a deeper meaning. Many people assume that hip-hop is bad for everyone. People around the world argue if hip-hop is bad or good. In my opinion, hip-hop is good because it tells how everyone has a story.
The gay topic in hip hop is not trying to destroy hip hop. Cashun is a gay rapper, who challenged the homophobia with enough dignity. “Disidentification resists an unproductive turn toward good dog/bad dog criticism and instead leads to an identification that is both meditated and immediate, a disidentification that enables politics.” Black gay folks who are in the middle of different dominances find the practice of disidentificacion more seductive and enabling than major subjects. Black queer subjects in black, presumed heterosexual or gay (mostly whites) contexts find that an identification with larger groups is more a liberatory exit for survival than those people who identify themselves with dominant ideologies.