As the shift in hip-hop turned more and more towards the “Gangster Rap” of the West Coast, Malcolm X continued to symbolize upcoming artist’s cultural identity. However, this new cultural identity was often that of misogynistic and homophobic violence. Commercially, Malcolm X began a staple of success. A 1992 biofilm entitled, “X” was released and Malcolm X continued to be incorporated in increasing proportions as part of the hip-hop generation. He now was on the same pedestal of other civil rights legends such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B Du Bois, and of course, his counterpart Martin Luther King.
Hip-hop, while opposed to rap, generally defines the whole culture. Rap formed during the 1970s with the rise in popularity of block parties in New York, particularly among African American youth residing in the Bronx. Rapping developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks along with an instrumental or synthesized beat. The roots of rapping are found in African-American music and ultimate African music, with roots originating from the griots of west African culture. The African American traditions of signifyin' (an early form of wordplay), the dozens (game of spoken words between two communities) and jazz poetry all had an influence on rap music.
Instilled with a real hustler’s ambition, Pyrex Jones has been making buzz locally with mixed tapes such as Microwave Music 1, Mafia Muzik, and various videos and performances. Even though Hip Hop has secured its place in the mainstream pop since the late 90s; recently it has seen an era of decline. Pyrex Jones is hopeful to revive Hip Hop music through his own novelty and variety; securing fame enjoyed by 50 Cent or Akon, in the foreseeable future. He is expanding his buzz by currently working on “Block Boy Shyt: the Mix tape” featuring Lil Roc. He also has a leading role in the upcoming “Son of the Mob”.
As a teenager Shakur attend Baltimore School for the Art, where he took acting, dance and include ballet classes. Living in Baltimore is where Tupac discovered rap music and began performing. In 1991 Tupac became a solo artists and came out with song “Brenda got a baby” and “I get around”, which blew up on the charts. Tupac was quickly becoming the most popular rapper in the west coast. He even starred in multiply movies roles, such as Poetic Justice and Above the
These distinctive beats and bass lines became the foundation of a new type of music in these clubs, and Djs can be seen as the prime movers of hip hop.” “MCs (Master of Ceremonies) in the clubs were there to introduce the hot new DJ. Between songs, though, MCs began to talk to the crowd. Like MC's even today, this talk varied between jokes, biographical anecdotes, as well as attempts to excite and energize the audience. Eventually, some local MCs began to talk over the music, and this talk soon became part of the music performance. These MC's became known as "rappers".” “Eventually, "rap music" was refined to become a mixture of rhythmic poetry, and rappers were getting noticed by 1979 and some commercially successful records were selling locally, though rap had hardly made an impact on the U.S. mainstream.” As the eighties went by, hip hop got more popular and we had some station that would play our music such as BET, but MTV only played everything besides African American music.
Little did people know the experiences that he endured were about to put him to the world of success. He put his experiences on paper and the rest was history. He was about to do something that others before him couldn’t really do and that was change the perception on rap.Tupac became one of the biggest stars with the rhymes he wrote and the movies he starred in that portrayed and even glorified the violence and abuse that is life in urban America. Tupac had a passion for rap. He spoke from his heart even if it didn’t really come out the right way; he still managed to put in to terms.
It seems that the more crimes a rapper commits, the more he is held up as a true thug which allows him to sell even more CDs(because he has proven his hardness to the streets). But just think of the message this is sending to our society. Not only does it promote vanity, but it sends the message that if you commit illegal crimes, then that proves you are a thug and that you are "hard" just like the rappers. This is a very dangerous way of thinking because it not only puts the person in danger, but it also puts many other innocent people in danger of being murdered, beaten down, robbed, or even rapped. Any music that sends this kind of message should not be allowed, even if it is an expression of "free speech."
Children from poverty, who experience hopelessness, and who are bored and are looking for nice clothes and long to have money think being in a gang can earn them lots of pocket money. Gangs make their money by dealing drugs, forcing people to pay for protection. Television also plays a part in the role to the road of gangs. Many shows on television glorify gangs and are often told from the gang members’ perspective that depicts lots of violence. Teenagers long for acceptance and always think that being in a gang is a solution to all their
Young teens have a large target on their back because most gangs look for them to be new recruits. They feel the younger generation is a great age to start teaching them what they need to know so that one day they can be the leaders. Teens get pressured and threatened to get them to join (Recruit Their Members). In many cases there’s no way of getting away from it. Gang members also bribe young teens with alcohol and drugs.
Hip-Hop- Noun1. The popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art.2. Rap music During the 1970’s in the streets of the Bronx, New York, young aspiring artists were trying to create a new way to express their frustrations. They spoke of the difficulties of a hard life and some of the experiences they were forced to go through. Some of which were poverty, racism, and peer pressures.