Choppy execution and obvious breathing into the microphone give authenticity to the underground, homebrew style that Lil B has become famous (or infamous) for. Rhyming in every bar is not the standard for Lil B, which could be off putting for traditionalist Hip Hop fans. Complex themes being expressed with an arguably simple style create a cohesiveness that can be easily appreciated by a thorough listener. Freedom from forms of mental slavery like racism, stereotypes, and homophobia is the only recognizable theme occurring in all tracks excluding the overall positive message the album tries convey. To be "Based" according to Lil B himself is to be "Positive and Free" and his musical works have these themes dispersed throughout them.
Byron Hurt’s Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is an oppositional reading about masculinity in Hip Hop culture, which is strongly influenced by American cultures dominant discourse. This documentary goes in depth of how hip hop has become commercially viable and strengthens different stereo types. An oppositional reading was done throughout this documentary, Byron Hurt touched on many different subjects including; Violence, how women are portrayed in hip hop, as well as manhood. Byron Hurt was a fan of hip hop once upon a time but he was able to take a step back and assess hip hop through a different lens and challenge what is ingested by hip hop fans. In the documentary Byron Hurt visits Daytona Beach, Florida during spring break and found that in most of the youth’s freestyles there was something that had to do with a weapon, women, and violent actions.
Inspired by the civil rights movement and the women's movement, early gay rights pioneers had begun, by the 1960s, to build a movement (Civil Liberties). These groups were rather conservative in their practices, emphasizing that gays were just like straights and deserved full equality (Civil Liberties). In Rudolph, Hermie the elf is seen as a gay character representing the gay rights movement. We get the image that Hermie is gay because he is the most “flashy” elf and stands out the most. He is a misfit character and wants to do things that no other elf does.
Photographer, Robert Freeman, quoted “Being with the Beatles was like being in the eye of a hurricane. It was impossible not to get caught up in the swirl of excitement”. English musician and Grammy Award winner, Sting, remarked “I think the Beatles are the reason I’m a musician”. The Beatles were formed in 1960, and amazingly in 2011, their music is still being heard by the millions of people who attend the Cirque du Soleil show, Love, play the music/video game, Rock Band, and are still buying their CDs and downloading songs from i-Tunes. The Beatles changed the face of music.
Music that I associate with adolescence is definitely Rap and R&B. It was a way to fit in and my mother approved so it was not a way to rebel. “Rap and hip-hop today give clear indication that people are just as attracted to the hypnotic effect of steady rhythms as their ancestors were” (Janero,2012). If you didn’t listen to this type of music then you were not cool. I remember when all we had were cassette players and I use to listen to the radio all the time so when I heard my favorite song come on and I would hit record and then be able to play it again and again.
While most students are familiar with King as a civil rights leader, most are equally uninformed about the impact of Malcolm X in the African-American struggle for equality and freedom. And while there is much to learn from the two contrasting philosophies and approaches to change of each man, there are common threads that unite them: namely, a combined religiosity with political leadership that morphed into a demand for social and economic equality. Despite their differences, King and Malcolm X represented the same cause, and with the achievement of the movement, left a similar legacy to generations of Americans seeking change in their own time. However, from a comparative perspective, one cannot imagine a civil rights movement without the tactics King favored, or a successful movement characterized by the kind of violence and hatred advocated by Malcolm X. When one is asked to think of a comparison between two alternatives and which of the alternatives is "better", one ought to imagine which alternative would produce the better outcome.
Later in his life Franklin’s deist views remain the same, however, possibly influenced by his Puritan upbringing and the Puritan culture surrounding him, he seeks moral perfection that is commendable by Puritan standards. The very fact that Franklin was able to develop and publish such radical ideas that were completely different from and contradicted the accepted views of his society is proof of the progress made for the rights to think freely during this time of Enlightenment. At the early age of 19 Franklin published a pamphlet in which he revealed his idea of human nature as not in need of constant improvement and punishment because humans are not naturally good or evil. Humans are simply human, nothing else. Franklin does not believe human beings could possibly be evil because he does not believe evil could exist with an all powerful, good, and wise God.
The vaguely leftist doctrine of beliefs from the common liberal belief among most youths of today. Here the lead singer, from now on referred to as Max (Because his name is Max Beamis), is referring to a group of people known as Hipsters; People who believe because of their certain social outlook on life and taste in music, that they are superior to others. This is, of course, false, and looked down upon by Max. The next set of lyrics “Prototypical non-conformist, you are a vacuous soldier of the thrift store gestapo. You adhere to a set of standards and tastes, which appear to be determined by an unseen panel of hipster judges
To make a difference, Williams put on a black mask and pretended to be an “African American.” Ironically, the audience thought him to be funny as he played roles of a black thief that they ultimately loved! Tupac is rarely mentioned in the story, but after talking about Williams he focuses on a documentary of Tupac called, “Thug Life.” Shakur talks about all of the problems in Thug lifestyle. He compares and contrasts Williams and Shakur and find them to be very similar. Williams had to judge his actions and how they effected the black and white community. Tupac, on the other hand, had the same problem with his music.
It’s performed by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. To put it simply the song is misogynistic and promotes date rape, and yet the song is loved by men, women and even children. Many people forgive the creepy, chauvinistic and sexist lyrics due to the fact that this song has a ‘good beat’ and catchy. For some reason they think this is a good reason to listen and sing along to a song that puts down women’s views and opinions. If you need recapping on the horrifying lyrics, in the chorus Robin Thicke sings, I know you want it, and then later on sings I know I want it, that’s all that matters.