I asked him if hip-hop had any influence over him and he replied, “Yes, but don’t ask me how. Hip-hop has changed a lot since I first started listening to it-- the music is more elaborate, the beats are bouncier, it’s not reflective of society anymore. It’s more about overindulgence” Dale does believe that hip-hop is a great unifier. According to Dale, there is a wide range of subject matter and the under lying themes of frustration, rage, and anger are something young people can relate to, which according to him is why it has become so popular. (Banks,
The term rock’n’roll actually came to be a few decades before the new wave of music in a Trixie smith song “my baby rocks me with one steady roll.” At the time the term was slang for dancing and “roll” was used as a synonym for sex. At first rock was an underground success, fairly exclusive to African americans . Until a Cleveland disk jockey named alan freed started noticing
Todd grew up in St. Albans, Queens, where hip-hop music was a huge influence on the community. He soon fell in love with what hip hop had to offer. At around the age of nine he was just listening to the music and by age 11 he was writing his own lyrics and producing his own beats with DJ equipment that was given to him by his grandfather. A little bit after the time he turned 15, he and one of his closest friends came up with the name that he wanted to hear being chanted by millions of adoring fans, L.L. Cool J, which means "Ladies Love Cool
Everything from his physical features to his words was portrayed through the arts in a way that would insinuate Malcolm X as “forever young”. The cultural and artistic iconic reputation of Malcolm X witnessed a brief hiatus over the period of 1970s to 1980s until the pop explosion of the hip-hop generation. Numerous artists began to incorporate samples from X’s speech over hip-hop beats into their music. Apart from his words, images of Malcolm X also began to become more visible whether in murals or in paintings. In a way, in a generation and time of newfound Afro-centricism and the Black Power movement, Malcolm X was the perfect fit for being able to speak whatever uncomfortable truths that no other individual could muster to bring forth.
Most rappers in the music industry take advantage of their underprivileged upbringing in the ghettos, and to many, this may seem as if they are trying to imply that it is cool or hip to live in poverty. Though music is one of the best ways to express one self, I do not understand why even though most rappers have moved out of their old “hoods,” they still continue to make them a large part of their lyrics. When I listen to music, not only do I listen for a catchy beat or rhythm, but also meaningful lyrics that are not only creative but somewhat mirror the forward progression of ideas in America today. When I look at the musical career of the rap group Outkast, it is easy to see why they have become the standard for what listeners of rap would
Lil Wayne is one of the most talented and famous rappers. Lil Wayne's childhood, his freestyle abilities in singing, his insane lyrics and offbeat songs, and the hip-hop rhythm are all reasons why he IS the best rapper in the world. You don't always have to go to school to become successful. Lil Wayne was in a gifted program at school and was in the drama club but dropped out when he was only 14. He grew up in the crime-filled city of New Orleans in the neighborhood of the 17th ward.
Hip-Hop artists are the role-models of most African-Americans. As they hear their favorite artists, they want to do the same things as them. Drugs are first in the songs for example; one of the most popular artists is 2 chainz. On one of his songs, the title is “crack”. It summarizes who he is and what he does, and African-Americans love it.
Even though I was somewhat acquainted with the Beatles before I grew to like them even more. “Lucy and the Sky of Diamonds” was the winning song for me when I learned the meaning of the song. The Byrds and The Who both have that boy band hippy feel to their songs. I think that if they lived in the 90s they would have defiantly been the
In the quote,” Russel Simon, one of the most successful hip hop producers and promoters in history, has called for an industry wide ban on certain lyrics.” By J-Ro. Judging from this quote, we can see that activist like Russel S. and others are working in passing a law that would restrict rappers from using inappropriate lyrics, and ban words that offend women and African American people. One of the most use words by rappers is the “N” word which tends to offend especially middle or elder African Americans. Also, censorship would help stop the use of cusswords that rappers depend on a lot to make their music. Enforcing restriction to Hi Hop, it would force rappers to come up with better music that would last longer than comparing to today’s music a month or two.
Some artists like Will Smith. By bringing comedy and positive meaning into his rap music, Will Smith has shown himself to be one of the few true role models for the youth that buy hip hop music. Clean-cut, witty, and easygoing, Smith's bubblegum approach was a stark contrast to the dominant, harder-edged rap sound of the period; viewed as a non-threatening alternative to his peers, he received the parental seal of approval, and his appeal spread across racial lines as well. Smiths success proves even though an artist has positive lyrics and portrayal, doesn't mean they won't be