Jackson Katz’s film Tough Guise 2 seeks to expose how the media promotes a toxic ideology behind what makes a man masculine and show that it is a social construct. For decades print, television, videogames, and film have presented masculinity in a way that makes men think the only way to be manly is to be emotionally unavailable, sexually aggressive, and violent. This ideology has been a curse on culture in America and many other countries around the world. “We're not living in the Wild West. We're not a Third World nation” (Katz).
Sex, money, drugs and violence. When you hear those four words, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Many people would say they think of rap or hip hop. Today, rap music is constantly mistaken for valuing the destruction of communities by promoting images of “the thug life”. However, the hip hop culture can have a positive impact on society.
In reference to Marian Young’s Five Face of Oppression, drug use is many times the result of cultural imperialism. Young defines this as, “Cultural imperialism involves the universalization of a dominant groups experience and culture, and is establishment as the norm.” The dominant group in this case is rappers. On the outside, rappers are stigmatized for taking a lot of drugs, but in some cases, this is not always true. This was once true for Macklemore, but through his song “Otherside”, Macklemore challenges his listeners to not follow the “norm” of other rappers.
Jackson Katz’s film Tough Guise 2 seeks to expose how the media promotes a toxic ideology behind what makes a man masculine. For decades the print, television, videogames, and film have presented masculinity in a way that makes men think the only way to be manly is to be emotionally unavailable, sexually aggressive, and violent. This ideology has been a curse on culture in America and many other countries around the world. We're not living in the Wild West. We're not a Third World nation.
With hip-hop, just like any person, it has a purpose for its existence. I believe solely that the purpose of hip-hop is to represent a culture. Now saying this is a very vague statement, and that’s exactly how hip-hop is, vague. You see, when hip-hop started off, it was meant for one culture, which was the underprivileged; it didn’t have anything to do with race when it came to hip-hop, as you had mentioned in class that even in the early days of hip-hop there were white rappers. Since then though, it has branched out more sub genres in different parts of the world, but its true purpose has remained the same, which is to represent a culture.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American hip-hop rapper and songwriter from Compton, California. Lamar is a member of the hip-hop collective Black Hippy, which is a part of the TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) label. Lamar is known for his storytelling, imagery, wordplay, passion and varied song structures, Kendrick brings hard-hitting lyricism with narratives to the West Coast, not traditionally known for its lyricists but for gangsta rap. Kendrick Lamar 's third studio album "To Pimp a Butterfly" is a wild ride of stimulating lyrics, jazz-like sounds, and Pac-like rebellion. Lamar’s
In a recent article by CNN, pop artist Bruno Mars was found accused of “cultural appropriation,” by critics of his new album, “24k Magic.” The Cambridge Dictionary defines “cultural appropriation” as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture. " Writer and activist, Seren Sensei posits that Mars’ “takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it," she added. "He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better.”
Today, the things we see and hear have a large impact on our values. Music is a very influential art form to all ages, especially rap music. With the right goal in mind, along with proper lyrics, rap music can be a good thing. A song that tells a story or brings motivation to its listeners rather than influence poor behavior. In its current form, rap music is doing very little good for its listeners and can have a negative impact on those who choose to listen.
James Nugent 16 July 2015 The Legitimacy of Sampling Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, two of hip-hop 's biggest legends collaborated in the early months of 1984 to create one of the most influential songs ever. Released in 1985, on the B-side to The Show, "La Di Da Di" garnered considerable media attention, making it one of the earliest rap songs to blow up nationwide. Instead of it playing on just black music radio stations, the song played on Pop music stations. The song has an everlasting legacy and influence on all genres of music, not due to the original song, but rather the hundreds of mega hits through the practice of sampling.
Missy Elliot, Eve, and MC Lyte all have one thing in common they all have impeccable delivery and amazing storytelling skills (Bobbitt). From MC Lyte’s song titled “Cappuccino” to Eve’s song titled “Love is Blind” they both exemplify the artists amazing storytelling skills while showcasing prominent issues the African American community such as drug abuse and domestic violence. MC Lyte impacted the music industry significantly more than just these two artists it is widespread. Many male and female artists respect what MC Lyte has done musically for Hip
“I want to make high art that is funny, outrageous and also reveals human condition, which is not always high”, Robert Arneson. Robert Arneson is a well-known famous sculptor from the Funk Art period. Arneson is one of the leading pioneers to start the Funk Art sculptures. The Funk Art movement originated in California, many of the Funk Artist previously painters that were associated with the Bay Area Fihurative Movement in the 1950’s. Funk art meaning are vulgar, violent, and funny.
Both groups are excellent with samplings. At the time in which sampling became the mainstream, people worried that whether this will lead hip-hop music to innovation or regression. According to Perry, “hip-hop music concerns itself with both the self and the we” (Perry 31). I think both group presented their creativity in their songs. In Fight the Power, Public Enemy uses samples from Different Strokes by Syl Johnson, Funky Drummer by James Brown and Fight the Power by The Isley Brothers (“Public Enemy - Fight the Power”).
Not everyone thinks this is a problem, but more of a solution to help promote their thoughts and opinions about major issues occurring in the world. For example, hip hop artist Drake is known for his music about the heart and love. Another artist by the name of Kendrick Lamar sings more about deep thoughts and the soul. Not only did a great message of a song allow hip hop to spread, but who was rapping the lyrics had a major effect on the hip hop