Rock ‘n’ Roll was a unifying force against segregationist policies for African Americans. In a quote from Ebony magazine, “Negroes don’t want to be Negroes anymore…We want to be Americans” (42). Many African-American teenagers indicated their resolve was at an all-time high in preparing for the careers they desired, as they believed job discrimination was coming to an end. As Altchuler notes, “Along with white supporters, of civil rights, blacks looked to entertainment, especially Rock ‘n’ Roll, as a weapon in the struggle against Jim Crow” (42). The 1950s, in large part due to Rock ‘n’ Roll lit a fire of rebellion in the white youth of America.
Famous rappers such as Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, R. Kelly, and ECT… have almost planted these racial slurs into our minds through there “trashy rap”. Imus in morning was not only reprimanded for his comments but later let go, due to the uprising of the black community. Rappers, Movie Stars, Comedians and even Gangsters have been giving black woman and negative name calling them “items, hoes, and even bitches.” This is not even in the privacy of their home it is in public on movies and even cd’s. Earl believes that this is due to the fact that these black celebrities are giving an ok to everyone to degrade woman of their own race. He states that “The same
This ideology makes it difficult for young African American to push away from rappers influences and compete in their beyond their identification. Above all rapping creates a retro division among us. Based on the rapper certain groups of people would not listen to his or her music. Hip hop is a roadblock to success, but it is a cry for black
The other factor that takes away from this album is the two rock-rap songs, (She Watch Channel Zero!? & Party For Your Right to Fight). Maybe it’s a personal bias, because I never really like when rap and rock fuse, but I totally think they are in much better form when rapping over James Brown samples. Otherwise I can’t see any other flaws with this album. Chuck D performs like no other, and the Flavor Flav element is unique and essential to this album’s
The hip hop culture started back more than a few decades ago, in the late 1960’s. It was used to express a rapper’s life through poetic lyrics. It was most popular in African American and Latino communities. It was a way for them to get away from their life problems and just enjoy life. “Rap music is very influential and can have positive or negative effects, according to some experts.” (Killion) ““To say there is no influence and no effect is naïve,” said Murray Forman, professor of media studies at Northeastern University in Boston.” (Killion) ““It is a known fact that hip-hop has taken over, in a sense, the mainstream youth culture,” said Emmett Price, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston, who teaches hip-hop 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. DJ Kool Herc and Coke La Rock provided an influence on the vocal style of rapping by delivering simple verse from poetry over funk music breaks, after noticing that party-goers showed little interest in their attempts to infuse reggae into their musical sets as DJs. MCs later became more varied in their vocal and rhythmic delivery, with brief rhymes and often including themes to differentiate themselves and entertain the
I have to wonder if Singleton did not use this as a way to get across the ugly word that so many are afraid to even hear uttered. The “N” word as it has been deemed is one of the foulest derogatory words that one can utter yet it is still widely used today by African Americans when they refer to each other. I have to wonder if Singleton did not want to just put it out there right in the title, maybe to
Back then, when I hear “Hip Hop”, I associated it with egoistic rappers and gang violence. It was my least favorite music genre because rap artists only rap about their shopping list and other meaningless topics. It came to the point where I asked, “What is Hip Hop?” I was so curious that I decided to use it as an English research topic. From that point on, my opinion on Hip Hop changed completely due to the fact that there’s more to it. As I researched on what Hip Hop is, I found out that it isn’t just a music genre, but a massive culture that originated within the Bronx during the 1970s.
For instance, the African American niche station BET (Black Entertainment Television) was found to, “represent a venue of minority voices, [but] it is also a source of problematic representations of gender” according to Melinda Messineo. This television station provides desired representations for their culture that could not of been easily afforded if on any other white dominated television station. With this said, automatically, their advertisements are going to be biased towards the African American stereotype. This would be just as true with any other television station with predominantly white viewership. Print media has always interpreted heterosexual culture over homosexual culture in America wrong simply because it is the stereotypical way of doing it.
Marina Guirguis Prof. Woods English 16 September 2010 Hip Hop and the English Language Hip hop has influenced the English language a great deal in the past thirty years or so. Whether it is the music or culture of it, hip hop has undoubtedly changed the way people dress, and act now, and throughout the past few decades. Not only that, it has dramatically altered the way people, mainly teenagers, speak and communicate with one another. While some may argue that it has had a positive impact on today’s society, and others view it as a negative impact, it is really a little of both depending on how and where you use it. Hip hop in the English language gives teenagers a sense of individuality.