However, due to the often negative images associated with hip-hop, its societal influence and importance can often be overlooked. Hip-hop is an artform; art is always up for interpretation, and hip-hop is no exception. However, in order to for art to properly understood, the historical and societal context of the artform must be examined. Hip-hop culture, which serves as a symbolic representation for underrepresented groups, primarily young, urban, poor black people, has historical and cultural context to why it is the way it is (Blanchard). Anthropologist Becky Blanchard explained, “Rappers are viewed as the voice of the poor, urban African-American youth, whose lives are generally dismissed or misrepresented by the mainstream media,” (Blanchard).
They have polyphony, rhythm, repetition, and call and response in common. Poetry and dance performance both use jazz and hip-hop as their form of music. However, both are very interesting forms of music. They were both invented in the streets of blacks and perfected by talented black musicians. Even though jazz music made its first appearance in the nineteenth century, hip-hop is the one that has transcended into more than just a popular music genre.
Williams argues that hip hop is “detrimental” to the black culture. He believes kids growing up in the hood assume that they have to meet the stereo type mentioned in hip hop. This is the music they listen to when growing up leading them to believe that should be their way of life. Anybody who acts different is “acting white” because they are not following the typical black culture stereotype. (Williams) According to Williams this causes several generations of black kids ending up in violent gangs or doing criminal activities.
Lupe Fiasco by definition is a hip hop and rap artist. He is able to record both types of music. Although Lupe Fiasco is known for his solo career he has been in bands. The bands names are Japanese Cartoon and Child Rebel Solider. Lupe was influenced by many household names of rap and hip hop; names like Jay Z, Nas, and Mos Def .
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.
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.
However, the show does not show a good representation of how African American men and women involved in the music industry should act in a relationship. Women are portrayed as loud and unruly when compared to white women. The hip hop music industry is male dominated, therefore black men are considered manipulative and controlling when watching the show. From watching Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, one may understand that your occupation can and will affect relationships dramatically, which can be negative or positive. When watching Love & Hip Hop viewers are amped for the entertainment, not realizing that the things shown are aspects of abusive relationships that are supposed to seem “realistic”.
In James McBride's essay “Hip Hop Planet,” he argues that hip hop has a negative influence on American Culture despite people thinking of it as inspirational and how people live through different experiences in life despite of your race. Firstly, McBride claims that rappers use violent lyrics as a vehicle to bring about awareness and thus promote social change through use of violence. In a section of the essay, he talks about how rappers have made hip-hop go from something you would hear at a party to something you would hear in a local news report because rappers use violent lyrics in order to talk about the issue in their society and how these issues must be acted upon now so that it can
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. Unfortunately, the image of a young, poor, vulgar black male with a criminal or violent past is consider marketable. This is not the case for those who have their own recording label or those under their wings. They are free to still express the reality of
Rap music, likewise often called hip-hop music, is a style of popular music believed to have its starting point in African-American urban neighborhood culture. Generally rap music is quite simply to define. When it comes to rap songs, emphazes in on rhythm and rap artist instead of singing is mostly talking the lyrics in a different pace and rhythm. However during time rap music has developed in many specific ways, like what is called hip hop with often complex, poetry lyrics than by its topic. Also, since the start of rap music in New York City neighborhoods, some sub-genres began to develop with the passing of time, with gansta rap as perhaps one of the most commonly known.