King Kunta: The Rise of a Kid That Had Nothing The song “King Kunta” by rapper Kendrick Lamar is very catchy song about Kendrick’s rise to the top of the rap game and the his resistance to selling out like many rappers do. He really uses ethos strongly in this song to get people to listen to what he is saying and to get his message across to those people. His audience is mainly young people between the ages of 15 and 30, but his music reaches a very wide spread community of people. The name of the song, “King Kunta”, is an oxymoron - Kendrick thinks he is still being oppressed like a slave, while still being dominant and rich like a king. It contrasts the lowest and the highest levels of society.
Hip Hop was the wildfire that started in the South Bronx and whose flames leapt up around the world crying out for change. James McBride’s Hip Hop Planet focuses on his personal interactions with the development of Hip Hop culture and his changing interpretations of the world wide movement. Many of his encounters and mentions in the text concern young black males and his writing follows an evolution in the representation of this specific social group. He initially portrays them as arrogant, poor, and uneducated but eventually develops their image to include the positive effects of their culture in an attempt to negate their historical misrepresentation. McBride begins his essay in high contrast to his intended purpose with an anecdotal discussion of his first encounters with Hip Hop music that inevitably represents black men as arrogant, aggressive, and poor.
One way that rap music have become an impact on our youth, is game related, youth violence, racism, drugs etc. All of these shifts and paradigms affect rap music because of the words that some of the rappers use in a way to make about them. Juslin, (2008) stated, “Research indicates that people value music primarily because of the emotions it evokes”. According to, Travis (2012) stated, “To accurately capture, define and disseminate the scope of these trends, Hip-Hop culture and specifically rap music deserve more nuanced analyses and measurements of their use, and the impacts of education, prevention, intervention and social change strategies at both the individual and community level”. In addition to, looking at how hip-hop/rap music have change over the course years, one will understand how it developed as well as a way that an effective youth ministry would take to reach students in the Hip-Hop culture/rap music.
When Tyrone, Wesley, and Sterling go up to do a freestyle rap for Open Mike Fridays, Steve, a white student, goes up to join them. Tyrone believes that Steve could not flow with them; surprisingly, Steve flows pretty well and does really good in front of the class. Tyrone learns that he may act tough, so people judge him as a strong guy, but he should not be judging other people without knowing their capabilities. In
Rap music and its culture has its influence on the world in various ways. It possesses a significant influence on people, particularly its younger audience. Nowadays we live in a time where everyone wants to be alike and you can see the similarities in mainstream music. Most rappers have a unique style in which they wear their clothes, and people copy them. Rappers use their words and talk in their own lingo, teens mimic them.
On the contrary he uses jazz and hip-hop as liberating things that give blacks in America identity. He also writes about the nature of people or consumers, explaining that his friends are only going to be there when he is popular but once “the shit hits the fan” they show that they have been exploiting him for his talents. Def later on writes, “The industry just a better built cell block” which implies that the music industry traps artists. They strip artist of their free thinking and creativity, and makes them property which strips their identity. The music industry have been exploiting rappers and other artist for a long time.
The media has underrepresented Hip-pop by sending negative stereotypes towards teenagers. Therefore, the hip-pop cultures and movements of the 1880s through the 2000s had a negative impact on contemporary young African American identities. This is due to the fact that Hip-pop influences the youth to do better than being negatively impacted by the society. In addition, hip hop teaches the youth that social media is going to throw negative stereotypes, in which teens could be aware of. Furthermore, hip-pop allows African Americans to overcome stereotypes through expression of the music and culture.
Even though my parents listened to KRS-One and Public Enemy, while my sisters engaged in Kanye West and OutKast, both eras of the hip hop genre purpose were to discuss economic problems and push people toward the right path of life. In Yan Dominic Searcy’s article, he says, “Many rappers grew up amid violence, police harassment, poverty, drugs and promiscuity. Rappers will tell you they rap about what they know. If the community wants to change rap lyrics, the community must change reality.” (Searcy) In this quote, the author is details that the only reason hip hop artist write about things that are real and actually going on in the world, so we should put blame on the community on violence. Searcy goes on to
The passion of writing the truth, a message that must be written for those who don’t understand the situation of the flow of words in poetry, and reading between the lines can very much be controversial, especially with two sides to the author's persona. The reality of being a young black man from the “ghetto” who lives in America, he tries to strive and achieve much more than the reality around him, with his dream and passion for trying and achieving greatness. However, being born Black doesn’t help for a time, the time to oppressed and still be a person of color. In the collection of poems in the book “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” created by Tupac Amaru Shakur. The message that Shakur tries to express is much simpler with the context of the poem, but yet more direct and complex with its meaning.
Kings goes on to say how racial equality can not be achieved until “...justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” (King). He deliberately tries to make the audience feel as if racial segregation is both wrong and against basic morals. Martin Luther King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” was the changing point for racism in America. It managed to inspire a generation of blacks to never give up and made thousands of white Americans feel ashamed of their actions. To make the speech effective, King uses all three rhetoric concepts to make his speech stronger.