Hip Hop was a style of music that originated in New York, specifically The Bronx during the early 1970’s. This cultural and musical movement was introduced by African Americans. This movement was aimed towards people who struggled like the residents of The Bronx. Crime, poverty, and drugs were a huge struggle to these residents and the lyrics of hip hop often reached out to these victims. Hip Hop is not a small genre but rather it's a big one because it includes dancing, fashion, and singing.
Hip-hop has gone through many changes that some people do not agree or identify with. It has impacted a lot of things in the world from fashion to politics. Hip hop music has been used as a means to create songs that deliver somewhat negatives messages such as sex, drugs, and violence “The Message by Grandmaster Flash”, and “F**k the Police” by N.W.A”. It has also been used to advocate more positive messages. Despite the violence hip hop perpetuate it also has a big impact in our culture
All in all, modern hip-hop music, containing the previously mentioned degrading elements, contributes to the further development of sexism in society. Many of the lyrics and videos of popular hip-hop songs show the tendency to portray
They use hip hop to gain knowledge of what the rappers talk about. When you take a look at hip hop artists and their music is ether a biography on their life and hardships , political statements or something anyone can relate too no matter the culture, nationality or race. For example, Eminem wrote albums on what people stories of him a unhealthy household,raising a daughter, and dealing with personal toxic flaws of his . Hip hop allows artists like him be able to put their feeling and thoughts onto paper without losing all the emotion it already has. Like stated before even
Hip Hop has been a cultural icon in America since the early 1970s.Through the years, it’s changed over time. It all started with people carrying big radios and wearing Adidas to tight jeans and “mumble rappers”. Hip hop started as “just another type of music,” but as time went on, it has turned into a way for people to be vocal about their opinions. All of a sudden, people just thought hip hop was about sex and drugs. It started to become pessimistic and unplayable.
Hip Hop is a culture not just music. As a whole society hip hop has had an overwhelming influence on the black community in America. For generations Hip Hop has ben providing to many different types of groups and people that is trying to deliver a message to other people. A lot of people argue that Hip Hop culture is aggressive and sometimes can send the wrong message to other people. But Hip Hop music dose not negate that hip hop is a vocal outlet for all types of people of different ages and
The mixture of influences is mostly why it’s so difficult to define hip-hop style; it is a reflection of personal history, regional taste, and contrasting conditions. Designer, producer and creative director, Frank the Butcher says that this fuse of inspirations is grounded in the fact that hip-hop was the shared creativity of an elevated class. “Hip-hop was one of the first music genres that was born of the common people. With any other genre of music there was potentially a costume or some sort of uniform that separated the entertainer from the average person. Hip-hop was the genre of music where it was accepted, promoted, and preferred that the artist looked like the fan”(Branch) Perhaps the earliest symbol of hip-hop embracing a more desirable aesthetic was the development of “preppy” labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, and Polo Ralph Lauren.
Rap started out as a platform for the African American youth to express themselves through this form of poetry about their life experiences. Since it was founded, hip-hop has been a trend setter, but not always in a positive manner. Emerging in rap in the late 1980’s, misogyny is now a constant feature in rap music today. Misogyny can be defined simply as the hatred of women. It reduces women to mere objects to be used and abused by men as they wish.
The death of Notorious B.I.G brought relevance to the discussion regarding conflicts of violence in American rap culture with regards to gang culture within urban black American youth culture. Basu explains how violent events and shootings among rap artists give rap culture a bad reputation which receives a lot of medial attention. However, the violent nature which hip-hop at times carries can be consider to be the tip of the iceberg of the deeply rooted social and economical aspects of the rap culture. In the 90’s, when this article was released, hip hop had gained a lot of economic power in the music industry and it is explained how rap music had become a channel for the unprivileged urban youth to take charge over their own situation and tell their side of the story. Music associated and developed in black culture has, since the 30’s, been marketed and sold by white companies.
I think that this course was extremely useful. It made me think about topics beyond hip-hop such as cultural appropriation, capitalism, and the American pedagogy. This class opened my eyes to how hip-hop is directly linked to historical caricatures and cultural appropriation of black culture. To be honest, I thought that we would just talk about hip-hop from the 1980s until now and analyze dozens of lyrics. I definitely never thought about hip pop and the commodification of hip-hop, but this class made me think about how the aspects of hip hop relate to me.