Lil’ Wayne desperately exaggerates his title as the “Greatest Rapper Alive” which is certainly an unjust declaration. Lil’ Wayne’s music distorts the real value of Hip Hop and misrepresents the image of the Hip Hop culture. Over four years, Lil Wayne morphed from a mediocre rapper with a thuggish point of view into a joke who merges sex, drugs and gang violence. Back in the 1980’s, there were 'rappers', for example, Tupac ,Jay-Z, and Nas, that rapped for fun, on the corner as a past time. Rappers weren't looking for get rich
Nobody cares about what car’s you drive anymore, or about how much money you have. There are people out here going through real life struggle and all they want to do is argue and kill each other. It’s sad that they don’t see the images they are portraying to our younger youth. I wish that REAL hip hop still existed. I love hip hop artist such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, KRS 1, Nas, and Busta Rhymes.
We have youth killing each other over money, girls, and cars. This is all because music perceives these things to be best, and if you have those things, they make you somebody, but in reality, these are just material things that the media wants you to believe is the best. Former multi milliaiare artist such as Swiss beats and bowwow, have gone bankrupt because they pay a down payment on a Ferrari, but wont have enough money to pay child support. These amazing artists fell under the influence of their own rap music, and it messed them up in the long term. The youth of the city of Memphis has one of the biggest problems of being influenced by the genre of hip-hop.
Someone had to be making all of this illegal alcohol, and prohibition gave many small to medium time crooks the oppurtunity to build their crime empire. Many syndicates grew from the profits of brewing alcohol. Helping this along, was the popular dislike of prohibition. Many corrupt cops helped protect big crime bosses by being paid off, and lots of people were willing to join in the big "mobs". This created a time of fear for suburban citizens, as the bosses would do anything to keep their businesses protected, including hurting innocent people, black mail, firebombing.
These codes resembled the lives of gang bangers. Several points in the piece that could have easily contributed to the influx of violence among young teens are: a) all new Jacks to the game must know that he will get rich, will go to jail, and will die; b) rats or snitches are not allowed in the community and must be dealt with; c) the boys in blue, or police officers, do not run anything and the gang controls the hood; and d) they should be a real ruff neck. When these ideas embed the minds of young Black males, they are hard to control. At the time, and even now, Tupac Shakur has been an influential figure in the hip-hop community. So if he is promoting such codes, it is not long before others follow.
Dre were such great artists that white people were afraid to imitate them—they're no better than John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Muddy Waters, and dozens of others whom white artists have happily mimicked in the past. Rather it's that this kind of "theft" became a capital cultural crime, and not just in the academy (how many '90s indie rockers knew by heart the verses in "Fight the Power," where Public Enemy calls Elvis a "straight-up racist, simple and plain"?). If gangsta rap marked a break, it was because hip-hop became coded to reflect the retrenchment of the "Two Americas" and the resultant combative, near-separatist mood among African-Americans. It was deliberately made less assimilable, a development reinforced by the marketplace when white suburban kids turned out to love its more extremist
Death? She should have all the honor that we can give her!” (218). Antigone changing the public’s opinion had an effect on Creons set punishment, he then realized how the original punishment did not fit the crime and decreased the cruelty. Harvey Milk went out of his way to change the publics’ opinion on gay rights, he felt as though he had a voice to be heard. Milk kept busy with protesting and giving speeches on gay rights and really enlightened many people’s thoughts on the topic.
Gospel rap can also be known for drawing an older crowd to as well as the youth, cause its easier to understand to others and they seem not to disrespect the opposite sex. Gospel rap has no violence and a positive message in return. The message in Gospel rap the genre most is apart of, is clear and deliberate, to preach the gospel of Christian life to a generation who hasn't been taught about Jesus Christ. Gospel rap varies according to culture and social context. It is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for the marketplace.
Stapleton tells us that many believe the concern over sexual violence is not as big a concern of racial problems. Stapleton throws us the idea that many hip-hop artists felt that hip-hop was being considered objectionable because white youth were consuming it. Stapleton uses this to reveal where a large amount of criticism is coming from in both racial and genre issues. Stapleton brings up a gathering of hip-hop artists and rappers showing us that serious discussions were being had about the genre and the changes in it. We see in Stapleton’s words how hip-hop has become a dangerous genre and how responsibility lies in the artists, managers, record companies, and parents when it comes to the music.
Although his cause and motivation, raising awareness and donors for his bone marrow foundation was admirable his efforts were overshadowed by negative connotations associated with his music. Effectively, to be successful the artist is often forced to make compromises in their music, not only for the public but to fit the mold of what record labels expect to be financially successful. In Jay-z's Moment of Clarity, he writes," I dumb down for my audience and double my dollars, they criticize me for it yet they all yell holla- as rappers must decide what’s most important, and I can't help the poor if I’m one of them, so I got rich and gave back, to me that's the win-win". Nelly was effectively attempting to do the same.