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. Nowadays, everyone wears the identity with pride. The genre was a testament to triumphing over hardships, to having enough confidence in oneself not to let the world drag you down, and to rising above the struggle, even when things seem hopeless. Violence in rap did not begin as an affective agent that threatened to harm America 's youth; rather, it was the outcry of an already-existing problem from youth whose world views have been shaped by the inequalities and prejudice they have experienced. The relentless wave of heroic new rappers arriving on the scene formed the golden age of hip hop in the 1980s, a newfound voice which rose from the impoverished ghettos during the 1980s and inspiring a generation of black youth to fight the police brutality they faced on a daily basis. Despite
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sharpest young critics, believes that male rapper uses violence as a symbol to express macho power, as a way to resolve all the disagreements between blacks and as necessary for individual protection. Due its popularity, hip hop exacerbates the criminal image of black men in a criminal justice system that has an overpopulation of black men in the prison system. Sorrowfully, many believe that this is the direct product of overly increasing black male criminality as opposed of blaming the social structure. With the enormous success of hip hop what started as pure art and a mechanism to bring awareness of what was going on in the black community, has transformed in a lucrative business. The negative aspect of this is that since big corporations control the music’s distribution channels, in many cases the rap artist is forced to produce the type of music that according to the owner is marketable.
Julio Gomez Mr.Kingsland ELA 11 Feb/21/2018 Per 6 Essay planet In these essay hip-hop planet, McBride describes how hip-hop influences the culture of the people of the world. In the chapter full circle, McBride argues that hip-hop represents a deeper meaning which also represents everyone in the world the struggle of life. Finally, In the chapter, the crossover McBride argues that the mean of hip-hop has changed through the generation. What I mean by these three central ideas that McBride wrote in his essay is the change, the influence, and finally the meaning of hip-hop.
Hip-hop encourages and glorifies violence, high class living without working to get there, and promiscuity. Hip-hop culture isn’t considered scholarly because it drives people to attain a lifestyle of laziness, not working to attain goals, and demeaning the value of schoolwork. At this time hip-hop is viewed in a negative connotation while other genre of music, like jazz, are seen in a positive
Many artists who grew up in the drug trade during the 1980s would become labeled as veterans because it was the sole option they had to strive economically. And through this time period, hip hop will alter to a medium in response to a life of drug dealing, police brutality, violence, and incarceration. The effects of this period will lead to the mass incarcerations of African Americans and the lives of people being ruined, which will be further explored. By the middle of the 1990s, the United States Incarceration rate surpassed the rest of the world, damaging a large portion of the African American community.
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In your essay you mentioned “Its structure is unique, complex, and at times bewilding whatever music it eats becomes part of its vocabulary, and as the commercial world falls into the place behind it to gobble up the powerful slop in its own wake, it methphorses into the the Next Big Thing.” (paragraph 8) . In my perspective this means Hip Hop is sending the same message like other geners, but instead they are using different lyrics in order to attract a larger croud and make it to the top charts. In my opinion vocabuarly that are at time used in Hip Hop can affect others but it can also help others. The reason I say this is because people at time add cursing to their daily vocabuarly instead of using other words.
As detailed in Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, hip-hop was born through the explosion of creativity within America’s forgotten youth. The music spoke to the individuals in these forgotten communities. The music had a purpose and illuminated the political issues of the time. Sadly, over time, the increasing commodification of hip-hop as an art has gradually altered the audience of the music. As the audience has slowly changed, the meaning of some of the music has also changed.
“Gangsta Rap and American Culture” is an enlightening essay written by Michael Eric Dickerson, where he counters the claims made by political activist, Senators, and other Congressmen to censor “Gangsta Rap”. Dickerson made a highly effective, fair, and accurate argument by bringing to light several reasons on how “Gangsta Rap” could possibly represent the voice of the outspoken and oppressed people of the black community; As well as larger underlying issues plaguing society that need to be focused on before we condemn rappers and their music. Dickerson’s background and current position as a professor and minister, along with his open-minded view on the allegations paved the way for a superb rebuttal to censorship of “Gangsta Rap.” First
Misogyny is a prevalent characteristic of rap music. Women are described in a derogatory manner, being called “bitches”, “thots”, “hoes”, or “whores”. Lyrics sexualize the female body and normalize the objectification of women. This can lead to negative stereotypes towards women. Male rappers often emanate hyper masculine demeanors which manifests the idea that they have the ability to disrespect women.
Hip hop and rap music have always been a magnet for controversy, both within the music and the actions of hip hop artists themselves. Although there is a wide variety of hip hop and rap music, it is important to note that despite this, the messages used have been identified as homogenous. Hip hop has also been a medium for messages, such as cultural, political, and social. This essay will focus on the scope of hip hop from its roots, cultural significance, reproduction of gender and racial constructs, misogynistic themes towards women and African American women in particular, claiming of power within academic literature in two songs, ‘Famous’ by Kanye West and ‘Back Home’ by Zeds Dead and Freddie Gibbs.
When looking at the culture of hip hop, one must delve into the history of the South Bronx and the notorious gang wars that emerged from the suffering wasteland. In the early 70s, gang violence ruled the streets of the South Bronx. With tensions high due to the lack of help from the government, violence was a common release of pent up frustration and anger. Death encircled the area, but in a way it brought upon a necessary change. With the death of a member from the Ghetto Brothers, a crew who spoke against violence and urged the people to join forces, gangs such as Savage Skulls, and other highly organized, Latino and black gangs nearly went to war with each other in 1971.
This chapter also explores how the youth tends to use the hip-hop culture in their everyday settings as well as at the organizations they work with, even though they’re criticized on a daily basis in their activism at schools. Many youngsters use hip hop as a way to reflect they everyday lives and/or experiences or basically as something that other youth members can identity and relate them with. Films, TV and music have also constructed a very important identity in the way community is represented. Despite the fact that hip-hop is a growing
Mr McBride, you claim that “It is a music that defies definition...remains an enigma, a clarion call, a cry of ‘I am’ from the youth of the world” (McBride 8). This is true, as hip hop has disseminated everywhere and has transformed into a style, and has become a way of expressing the social problems our world still
In a society that is becoming increasingly connected through the internet and social media, the effect of music on society has been exponentially amplified. Artists have the ability to connect and share thoughts with listeners more directly and rapidly than ever before, and the result of more direct communication is a more powerful influence over culture. In times of struggle and strife, many people look to the words and lyrics of musicians and artists to help make sense of tragedies surrounding them. Areas of the country that are particularly prone to poverty, gang activity, and violence, often look for role models who made it out of that very situation and became successful. The members of Black Hippy, a rap group originating from Los Angeles,
Lately, many prominent rappers have been bringing up a serious problem in this country that has so far gone unaddressed, and that happens to be mental health. In the USA, especially among the black population, mental illness is growing at an increasing rate, and politicians have done little to remedy the situation. However, with rap being the most popular genre of music and with artists such as Kanye West and Logic mentioning suicide in their songs, this could be what leads to reforms in the mental healthcare system. With hip-hop easily being the hottest genre in music right now, many rappers are not only expressing their personal struggles, but they are also giving others a voice who otherwise would not have any way to communicate their struggles. Another artist, Lil Uzi Vert, also contemplated suicide because he was depressed about a failing relationship.