Hip Hop Planet Summary

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A passage that demonstrates border crossing in Unit 5 is "Hip Hop Planet" by James McBride. This article examines a global phenomenon that crosses economic, racial, and geographical borders. James McBride, once a critic himself, is impacted by the rich history and culture of Hip Hop. Originally, James McBride dislikes the genre describing one of his most disturbing fears as having his daughter marry a rapper. It isn't until after he learns the history of Hip Hop that he respects and appreciates the music. According to the passage, Hip Hop " is not just for working-class whites, but also affluent, suburban kids who identify with this music with African-American roots." What once originated as a way to express the pain and deprivation felt
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