In the 1990’s Hip Hop lived its prime, sub genres started to appear and famous groups, MCs led the whole community, providing a voice to a group of people trying to deliver their message. Through their lyrics they were able to express their opinions about society, the government and the treatment of African-Americans in the U.S. for decades. The black community used this platform to protest against social attitudes and try to change them. The famous MCs like 2Pac, Biggie, Snoop Dogg and rap groups for instance the one and only Wu Tang Clan or the generally known gangster rap group from Compton called N.W.A. were orators of a generation with the intention of raising the black culture and community from the oppression remained in the
Rap artists are using incidents like what happened to Michael Brown to speak about in their music. In his song, “Don’t Die”, Killer Mike raps “I woke up this morning to a cop with a gun, who told me that he looking for a ni**a on the run” (Charity, Diaz, Drake). Rappers are using their music to speak out about how minorities are treated, specifically blacks. Rap has also had a positive impact because it shows the extent discrimination really goes to. Rappers have been known to address police brutality (Leah).
On the streets, everyone still knew me as Lil’ Roze, or even my new street name, K.A.S.H: King, assassin, scholar, hitman. I tried to live up to that name’s meaning through my lyrics, slaying MCs in hip-hop ciphers. We all had crazy rap names like that, and we would throw them around in heated rap battles. My big bro Luechy and I were considered the two best rappers on our block. Other legendary rappers at Robeson were Travie, Tray B, Tate Da Great, Glenn, and Harold G. During a lunchroom rap battle, we got a lot of attention from other students and teachers that were securing the lunchroom making sure we weren’t doing anything illegal, but the best rap battles were held after school.
East Side Dreams reaches out to the youth and shows kids involved in gangs that there is a way out. When involved in a gang you feel there is no way out, nobody understands your struggle and your chances of dying is 60% more than the average person. It is important to reach out to the youth and Art Rodriguez has done a great job contributing to that cause. The gang life I can relate too. In my experience and in the music that the older homies use to influence their young recruits always explain the struggle that once you are in there is no way out.
To understand the complexity and influence of Kanye West, one must grasp the context of the music industry at his arrival. Hip hop has become one of the most popular forms of music of the 21st century. Unfortunately, rapping was not always considered this beloved genre of music like it is today. In the 80s and 90s, hip hop had an extremely ardent fan base because many critics considered the genre as “gangsta” or “hood” music. This criticism emerged, “with the mainstream success of gangsta rap, where drugs, violence, and misogyny became more prominent” (Holly).
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the great gatsby was great, but as all adaptations it had its faults and its strengths during production. The song “100$ bill” by JayZ for instance, was not incorporated well as I do not believe that rap in a way was like jazz in Gatsby's time period. Not to say that Jay Z’s music is not great but the scenes that incorporated his music may have felt awkward to some modern day viewers. It just seems like on one hand Jay Z's music may have been a good representation of rap in his time but there was no sense of mysteriousness in his music like jazz was in gatsby’s ago. On the other hand the song “Young and Beautiful “ by -(Lana Del Rey) did fit great in the scenes that the song was depicted as it captured the majesticness
consistently fed the industry and their listeners with the rivalry and hatred for each other. With their demonizing character and lyrics, both presented themselves as prime examples of the internalized racism ate up by the present generation of African Americans. Though the West Coast entertainer did empower his race and community with encouraging words like Dr. King, his egotistical actions towards other Hip-Hop artists contradicted his hopes for black unity. 2Pac and B.I.G.’s rivalry continued through various songs, public recognition and performances, and finally resulted in action of
When frontmen of Breaking Benjamin Ben Burnley had an interview and been asked which Breaking Benjamin’s song new listener needs to hear first, he answered: “I would probably play you “I Will Not Bow” - because it’s one of the few very, very positive Breaking Benjamin songs - there’s a lot of negative songs but that one has a lot of energy and it has a good message.” Even though it is considered one of the most positive of their songs, it is evident that it’s message is not so optimistic. For instance the use of metaphor here: “And I 'll survive; paranoid/ I have lost the will to change”. This song is not about a person who almost died and now lost the will to change something. However these words mean that in this spoiled world people have lost their faith and desire to
Today’s rap messages differ from the 80’s and 90’s, but a few things have stayed. Violent lyrics and the promotion of drug use is not something new, but something that may be causing more issues today. Some people believe that rap music does not promote drug use nor violence, but is an expression of truth in today’s world and emotions the rapper may have. Rap music is one of the key promoters of violence and drug use among society and its listeners today. There was a study that found that listening to rap is far more strongly correlated with property crimes than crimes of violence among urban youth.
“To me if feel that the X Factor ruins not just hip-hop but most music genres. Not only do kids like Astro find instant success, but they rap about sh*t which they aren’t apart of. Then the sh*t that they do rap about isn’t what hip-hop is built for. Y’all gotta understand that hip-hop was a way for us to express the discrimination and the reality of the hell we live in. But when you glamorize gang war and don’t pick up the issues but instead only talk about parties and hoes, we lose that form of
Anika has more of a proper corporate background than Cookie, who is a former drug dealer, and the two always seem to clash with their different personalities, but, the two both want what’s best for themselves and the company. This was exhibited last episode when Anika was willing to sleep with the investor and throughout the whole first season as Cookie was willing to turn her sons against each other and against their father, Lucious, in order to gain control of “Empire”. The theme of the show communicates that the target audience are minorities between the ages of 18 and 30. The show is essentially about a hip hop
Studies done after the sandy hook shooting have found that, “ Contrary to pro-gun lobby claims, research into prevention of gun violence has shown that reasonable reforms could reduce the excessively high rates of firearm deaths in the US while preserving access firearms, possession is not illegal for people proposed do not infringe on law abiding citizens ',” (Vittes 6). This has two main point to it, the first and most clearly is that it is irrelevant on what one 's believes might be, reasonable gun control will save Americans lives. The more subtle meaning behind this study was that gun lobby 's push the agenda that their companies are protected by right. The gun manufacturing business is no small group of occupations. They receive money by having customers purchases firearms, which they donate to political parties to pass different legislation.
Chase dreams even if doing so is technically illegal. Throughout history, we have celebrated those who disobey unjust laws in the name of justice. Take Martin Luther King for example. “A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right of vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law.”(King, p469) However, all sorts of devious methods were used to prevent the colored from becoming registered voters. All men are created equal, but the colored were not given the equal rights to vote nor were they treated equally at that time.
The U.S. has been influenced by different cultures, trends, and movements. For instance, protest movements and hip hop have been used by African Americans as an avenue to tackle social injustices and other issues. South central L.A. chief rapper of the group N.W.A (Nig*** with Attitude), Ice Cube, seems to have firsthand experience about the hardships of the ghettos. According to the rapper, if one sits calmly at night, he or she is more likely to hear nothing but gunfire, which he has heard so much in his neighborhood (1). At night helicopters are always flying with their spotlight on, looking for someone.
In the article “Hip-Hop Planet” by James McBride he explains first about the nightmare he has of his daughter coming home with a young reckless rapper guy with tattoos and golden teeth and McBride for a moment is taken back to the past when he was young and it comes to thought that he was in this young wanna be rappers shoes. As he goes on with life he contemplates of how his rap days are over but in time he comes to realize that he himself will still be surrounded with the cool beat sound of one rapper explaining his everyday hard life. James first time hearing hip-hop was at a party, and it escalated when one of James friend slapped a big guy who crashed the party followed by two other friends and what was strange was these guys differed