As we encourage the proper use of Hip-Hop music we will begin to see the positive implications this culture can have on society. This music can be effective at helping the youth build critical thinking skills. Used in the right way, this music can also be a form of self-expression for all walks of life. Reaching into the minds of the youth is not an easy task, however the Hip-Hop culture seems to have mastered this task with ease. It is society 's job to ensure the content being retained from this culture is positive and
It is true that most artists use explicit language in their music. However, the purpose of their music is not to emphasize the profanity, but rather, to focus on the meaning behind the lyrics. Some may argue that rap and Hip-Hop music encourages violence and vulgar language through the lyrics the artists use and the background the artists come from. A popular problem with rap music is that rap music tend to demean women and show violence and drug abuse through the words used (Krohn). However, the artists focus more on the overall message the song portrays rather than the individual lyric used.
As acknowledged by Candice Jenkins, a researcher on Hip-Hop and the Literary from Duke University , “indeed, it calls for a rigorous attention to rap's language and to the genre itself as a particular kind of verbal artifact, one driven as much by aestheticized oral communication as by musical expression” (Jenkins, 2013). Hip-hop and Literary studies focuses on the message that hip-hop music portrays, and the meaning of the diction. Society's ability to function stimulates from being able to communicate and be expressive through different formats. American culture norms are seen to include patience and peacefulness (InterExchange, 2018). Hip-hop was centered around a self-expression for artist, and a form of relatability for audiences;
However, as hip-hop grew more popular and begun attracting more fans, its rhetoric became more accommodating so as to appeal commercially. The result was the successful establishment of a multibillion industry. Today, hip-hop nuances such as rap music are considered lucrative careers attracting worldwide players. Conclusion Hip-hop, like any other culture, encapsulates the beliefs, values and morals of the African American community. Although it begun on a negative note due to the prevailing socio-political issues during the 1960’s, hip-hop has continued to evolve over the years into a worldwide movement that is not characterized by color, but by its ideals of freedom and justice.
Hip Hop music influence on modern society. Introduction Hip-hop music was initially developed in the late 1970s, only few people knew about its existence as it was created in the most unprivileged districts of New York City in America by African-American citizens. Hip-hop is not a bunch of entertaining words but a poetic language about issues around us, and movement within a culture interrelating ethnicities. The messages of rap music/hip hop tells stories of how life is in the streets dealing with drugs, crime, and violence. Most messages are a reflection of how the youth feels about the system, the police.
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 block parties, graffiti art, rapping, disc jockeying and diverse forms of dancing built Hip Hop by the black youth. They expressed their feelings, thoughts, but most importantly the problems they had to face, which were related to their race, gender and social positions. The rights that were given to black people during and after the Civil Rights Movement left the following generations at a lack of how to continue the fight for black rights. Hip Hop gave them this platform and with the usage of black nationalism, Hip Hop can explore the challenges that confront American-Americans in the post-Civil Rights Movement era. 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.
Today’s music is a very controversial topic. Most music genres involve questionable lyrics and messages, along with music videos showing graphic content. Music is said to have a negative influence on teenagers. While hip hop music is explicit and inappropriate for young ages, hip hop and rock music does not cause dangerous behavior because it is a form of expression, it symbolizes culture, and it is for entertainment purposes. First, hip hop music does not cause dangerous behavior because it is for entertainment purposes.
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.
Hip-hop culture has been the topic of various academic, social, and political discourses. Rap music, in particular, has made its way to mainstream media which is evident in the numerous films and movies that centers on what was once a part of an underground culture. Scholars explain that the popularity of hip-hop in both music and films are partly due to its potential to disseminate information, address an issue, and promote social change. Tinson and McBride (2013), for example, note that hip-hop is a “…form of critical education at the intersection of, and inseparable from political engagement” (1). Scholars further note that hip-hop’s current state “…requires frequent accounting of its engagement with the social, political, and cultural climate