It can be said that during the 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll music became a key medium of expressing black pride ideologies and brought a sense of racial unity. Body Rock and roll brought a sense of racial unity during the 1950’s and the 1960’s for a number of reasons. First off, it was accepted by both black and white audiences. Performers of rock and roll music communicated black philosophy and promoted black pride. Such performers could be seen in Afro hairstyles which demonstrated their pride in being truly black and their lyrics promoted black unity.
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.
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.
Pyrex Jones (400-600) Music is best described as the expression of notions on a personal level. But the influence of rhythm, pitch, sound, and melody on the surroundings is on a much elevated level. And Hip Hop music has grown exponentially in a short span of time. This is due to the fact that Hip Hop or Rap is not exclusive to specific echelons of the society; rather it has involved almost every creative mind on the street. Hip Hop is not specific to music; rather it is a complete code of life.
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. Although this new “Malcolmology” spread across all groups, there were various interpretations of “Saint Malcolm”. As expressed, the hip-hop community typically associated with the younger generation, were drawn to the most attractive and against the grain characteristics of Malcolm X which were mainly the incendiary and militant elements. In sharp contrast to this, the formerly young African Americans that grew up and lived in the times of Malcolm X thought of him as an “inextricable trajectory of intellectual and political maturation” and his yearning for interracial
Changes in Hip Hop Subculture The history of Hip hop subculture has come a long way and has made many changes along its way. Hip hop as it may seem started off as being positive and coming from the heart and having meaning to now people becoming a part of it and not even knowing the real meaning of its background. Now, it is said that many people are in the “rap game” just for the love of money and not because it’s something that they really love to do. Hip hop started in the late 60s early 70s in the Bronx, New York. Clive Campbell, known as DJ Kool Herc, is the credited as being the pioneer of hip hop in the United States.
Rapping came from a long list of artists starting from Afrika Bambaataa “the Godfather” and Clive Campbell “DJ Kool Herc” to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. “Lil Wayne.” Yet these hip hop artists are affecting the way people perceive African Americans as a “lower class group of people” in many ways. From the music they sing to the way that they dress and political influence, more people are looking over African Americans and finding another missing link to success. More African Americans are missing opportunities to succeed in life, because of what rappers sing, and majority of it is degrading to African Americans by heavily focusing on sex and abusive behaviors. These kind of stereotypes the African American group as being a lower than Caucasians. Lil Wayne is the best musician in our era, but his music shows no respect and consistency for young girls, including other rappers as well.
African American Identity is Expressed through Music By: ????? Coleman Professor ##### Submitted June 8, 2008 African American music, which is also called black music, is an umbrella term given to a range of music. This music, which emerged from the culture of African Americans, has always brought about a large ethnic minority of the population of the United States. Since times are changing it seems that people don’t put the same flare in music like they use to. Today most African American music is about money, cars, or sex.
Rap is not the only musical style used by African American’s in music and rap also has taken bits and pieces from other musical styles and also influenced the other styles of music. The other styles that they get their influences from are R&B, funk, reggae, soul, techno, pop, and house and with the mixing of all the styles it has allowed hip hop and rap to become more wide
He also became the director and CEO of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was also the national director and organizer of the Million Man March in 1995, as well as authored numerous books and publications,” which is exactly why I was so compelled to go listen to him speak (Exponent 1). Despite the fact that, in class we haven’t exactly touched on the criticism of hip hop without a gendered aspect per say, I thought it was a very interesting topic to examine as a person with an “outside” point of view. In this response, I am going to analyze the cultural relevance of hip-hop, to advocating