Originally, the meaning of the word rap was to strike or hit, which is rather ironic looking at how violence is expressed through rap today. The definition changed over time, and a few centuries later, it became a word meaning to talk or have a conversation. Around the 1960’s people from black communities began using it as a slang word in the same context, and during the 1970’s the word became a term representing a new musical style where words were performed rhythmically, often to an instrumental backing. The beginning of this new culture that we now know today as Hip-Hip was founded in the Bronx, New York. Today, rap music is undeniably one of the most popular music genres, dominating all music charts.
Most messages are a reflection of how the youth feels about the system, the police. Hip-hop constitutes of clothing, language (poetic) graffiti art, break dancing, Mcing/ rhyming and beatboxing. This music genre has a prodigious influence on the black community in most parts of America as well as in many diverse societies in the whole world. Hip-hop is apparent as more than just music but a culture. Hip hop speaks to the people, it conveys powerful message to communities because this genre is a platform for rappers to express their opinions about the society and rappers use it to address social issues that young black people run into, issues such as racism, inequality and unjust governance.
What seems to us now as excessive violence and misogyny in hip hop stems from a culture that has been consumed in a continuous battle against social and economic oppression since its early days. In the beginnings of hip hop, there was an explosion of defiance against the subjugation these artists had to experience on a daily basis. For many artists, rapping about guns and gang life was a reflection of daily life in the ghettos and inner-city housing projects. Not only did rap provide an outlet to voice the struggles of black youth, it also gave them a sense of pride. Before major hip hop groups such as NWA arrived on the scene, people would refuse to admit they were even from Compton.
It was the hope that this exhibit would give one a holistic image of life and culture during the Harlem Renaissance by exploring different aspects of it. This event is considered to be the largest shift in African American culture that occurred during the 20th century as African Americans from across the country began to discover themselves and personally define what it meant to be “black”. This time period also marked the beginning of a shift in white recognition and acceptance of African American culture as whites across the country joined their black counterparts in enjoying jazz music and black literature. However, such a change didn’t mean that racism and racial prejudice were erased entirely. Such problems remained prevalent throughout the Harlem Renaissance, though their effects were limited by the sheer size and power of such a movement.
This criticism emerged, “with the mainstream success of gangsta rap, where drugs, violence, and misogyny became more prominent” (Holly). The song that can do the best job summarizing the atmosphere of the hip hop industry at the time is N.W.A’s famous ballad, “Fuck tha Police.” Thus, the followers of hip hop developed into majorly African Americans because they are individuals who can understand the problems and struggles that rappers were trying to express through their music. Hip hop music became the unanimous hymns of African Americans, replacing music genres like jazz. However, in the early 2000s, the style and characteristics of the hip hop industry began to change completely because, of course, of Kanye West. Kanye West has one of the most original discographies of any hip hop artist in the music industry.
The advertisement of killing, makes the audience more prone to to thinking of killing. Hip-hop has become an engrained aspect of American culture. The violence shown in rapping (component of hip-hop) allow for audiences to be exposed to more aggressive ideas. Nelson George, author of Hip Hop America, mentions “now we know that rap music, and hip hop style as a whole, has utterly broken through from its ghetto roots to assert a lasting influence on American clothing, magazine publishing, television, language, sexuality, and social policy…” (George, 1998). Hip Hop America, is centered around hip-hop in America and the effects hip-hop places on American culture.
The project involves discovering how the Caribbean culture flourished as a subculture during the 1700 to1800, and was influenced by the Spanish, French and British traditions. The goal is to show that the black popular subculture culture continued to develop with the art, music, and literature of the dominant European groups in spite of the slave’s inferior status and unequal treatment, especially after the emancipation of slavery in 1838. By examining the work of Francis Bebey, African Music: A People's Art, and the Roots of Calypso by George D. Maharaj, it becomes clear that the extemporizing rhythmic arrangement, songs, distinctive drum styles, and a process of call and response format for the people developed into a symbol of freedom and
Hippies promoted a laid-back, nonconformist lifestyle, which included frequent drug use; thus, the movement generated a massive uproar in the American community. Consequently, the hippie subculture has often been subjected to an in-accurate, stereotyped image. Over the years, there has been an unreasonable amount of prejudice against hippies and their culture. While I have always been particularly interested in the hippie subculture, I must admit that there are many things I was not aware of before I began working on this assignment, apart from the way they were portrayed in movies and magazines. For instance, I used to believe that the hippie movement was merely a “trend”.
In the USA Hip Hop has propelled, set-back and reflected dark skinned culture. There has been a long time of Hip Hop that has been reactant, communicating disappointments in a culture around bigotry for instance, in the late 1980 's, quite a bit of what we catch wind of with respect to police ruthlessness, stop and search routines and focusing on dark skinned youth. Americans trusted that hip hop music advanced viciousness, belittled ladies and overlooked drug utilization. Albeit a few people say that the verses in some Hip-Hop music are fierce and advance the wrong esteems, Hip Hop "has decidedly influenced" the way individuals think act and dress. Although Hip Hop in America has also brought great positives to their culture and way of life Hip Hop has been key in advancing social and political mindfulness among the adolescent of today.
Willie Haymer Ms. Rodgers English 4 23 February 2018 History of Rap Music America has come a long way regarding its musical styles, we have had some great musical artists, all of different types and styles and the music industry continues to grow. There are Blues, Country, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop/Rap and more. When we look into the history of America’s musical genres, we will discover hip hop/rap. Hip Hop/Rap was a music filled with fun, rhythm and rhyme, with a little Jamaican twist. Hip Hop/Rap music is one of America’s most popular music styles of our time.