Hip-hop is best identified with the African-American culture. For that, there are quite a few white rappers who have tried to imitate the story of “rags-to-riches” from black artists to gain acceptance within hip-hop. In the 1980s, Vanilla Ice succeeded in becoming a rapper using claims of coming from a background of poverty and crime. He even came out with a biography that said that he had been stabbed in a gang fight. His biography was quickly disproven.
Rap the most controversial style of music ever. Some people say it encourages hate, others say it encourages self believe and tackle social/political issues. ‘How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop culture. And the music is colorless. Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown, yellow, red and white.’ | | Afrika bambaataa quotesThis is a quote from one of the founding fathers of all rap and hip hopHe believes that hip hop wasn’t just music it was a way of life, a state of mind,The way you should treat and respect others.
Drugs and Violence Define the Life Style of the Poor and Dangerous in Rap Music The art of music is one of mankind’s greatest influences on society because it stimulates youth culture. Music in the twenty-first century has become a very intensely debated subject due to the increasing trend of swear words, profanity, and harsh portrayals of life by many rap artists. The harsh portrayals revolve around urban areas and their increasing amounts of violence, drug abuse, and deaths. The lyrics used by these artists may seem initially basic; however when they are analyzed properly and scrutinized word for word, the true message can then be revealed and appreciated. Listening to the song alone does not achieve the full effect of understanding the artists’ message.
Let me be clear -- I'm on the front lines of any effort to get the men in hip-hop to rethink their pornographic uses of women's bodies and performance of lyrics that more often than not express, at best, a deep ambivalence about and fear of women (perfectly captured 14 years ago with the Bell Biv Devoe quip "never trust a big butt and a smile") and, at worst, outright hatred. But as we make demands of these artists, it's important that we understand the demands of the peculiar space they occupy within pop culture. Without doubt, the performance of black masculinity continues to be hip-hop's dominant creative force. Yet over the last decade or so sales figures have consistently shown that young white men are the primary consumers of the various performances of black masculinity and the pornographic images
Also in that month, a music band whose genre previously was labeled as ‘American New Wave’ by the name of ‘Blondie’ (http://bigother.com/2010/11/07/looking-at-movements-part-5-new-wave-us/), released the first ‘Hip-Hop’ record to top the ‘Pop’ charts. This classic tune was named ‘Rapture’. When lead vocalist Deborah Harry rips a verse rapping, “Go out to the parking lot, and you get in your car, and you drive real far…” (http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/blondie/rapture.html) the message was not a public service announcement informing the ‘Boogie down Bronx’ that the
All of these things have great influence on the youth. Hip hop went from being a relatively underground style, to being a major style herd throughout the world. Some people not only think of Hip Hop as a negative influence because of its provocative language and meaning, but also because of the effect on the black community. This is where there conspiracy of Hip Hops influence on the youth plays its role. The minds of those it influences are being controlled by Hip Hops music, fashion, and slang.
The word "rap" was derived in the sixties, from a slang word that meant conversation. Hip-hop has two main historical eras, the old school hip-hop era from 1970-1985 and the golden age hip-hop era from 1985-1993. The golden age of hip-hop began only when it entered the mainstream of music and it consolidated the sounds of the West Coast and the East Coast. The origin of hip-hop music is from African American and West African music. Contributions of griots like The Last Poets, Jalal Mansur Nurriddin, and Gil Scott-Heron were significant in a big way for the advent of hip-hop in
“Rap as an art form, began as personal narrative, telling the individual stories of urban lives ignored by the mainstream media.”(Rose, p.2-3). “It used to be a respectful, decent form of music, however, it has turned bad, into utter crap listened to by posers.”(“Rap”). When people are conversing and the word “rap” comes up, blacks and whites complain about the misogyny, materialism, drugs, and violence present in the lyrics and videos. There are many different forms of rap and they fall under two categories: the language of empowerment and the language of oppression. Conscious rap deals with empowerment and consists of “songs that are responsible, thought provoking, and/or inspirational toward positive change or a cry of protest against social injustice”.
Lillie Shipley The Effects of Rap Music on Developing Misogynistic and Violent Culture Over the past few decades, rap music has gone through a serious evolution from the back streets into the limelight and has emerged as one of the most prominent music genres of today. Rappers have come out of the woodwork to become well known staples in our culture, and high-society figures that people look up to. With this development, however, a new, negatively-charged "thug" culture has come with it. Recent redefinitions of what gangsters are, as well as the appearance of sexism and misogynistic lyrics of the music and within this new culture, show the possibility of a violent and criminal culture that has developed along with the 'rap game'. While the physical appearance of gangsters may have transitioned from the tailored suits of the 1940's to the to the expensive and flashy chains and sneakers of today's definition, the idea is the same: illegal activities, drugs, and a culture of immorality runs their lives.
Today, it is done by promoting sexist and misogynist ideals, emphasizing the importance material possessions, glorifying violence, and denouncing homophobia. However a few decades ago, the masculinity in hip hop was more evident through the rivalries that often generated between rappers or even entire coasts. The masculinity of hip hop can be seen throughout the genre’s history. Freestyling and rap battling – which both involve competing against an opponent – have always been important and visible aspects of rap music, thus showing hip hop’s competitive nature. Even the term “rap battle” hints