Personal Narrative: The Hip Hop Culture

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The Hip-Hop Culture Everybody I know wants to be a rapper these days. On Facebook, I get bombarded with several requests per day from someone asking me to listen to their new rap song. I probably know more white “rappers” than I know black and even female rappers like Nikki Minaj, or the new internet sensation, Kreayshawn are making waves in the hip-hop music industry. Growing up, I didn’t listen to much hip-hop. I heard the songs that became popular on the radio, but as a child I wasn’t interested in that type of music. In high school, a friend of mine introduced me to some “older” hip-hop artists, such as NWA and Notorious B.I.G., and slowly I became more and more interested in hip-hop, but the only people I knew that listened to hip-hop on a regular basis were black males. So why is it these days, I know a lot of white girls with extensive hip-hop collections and…show more content…
Their views and opinions were interesting and not what I expected to discover. Ethnography Dale Hip-hop lover, African-American, Male, Age 33 “Hip hop is not a culture… it’s just music,” Dale Banks, Hip-hop enthusiast proclaims. Dale has been listening to hip-hop for as long as he can remember. He started out listening to Run-DMC, Heavy D, and The Sugar Hill Gang. 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,

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