Hip Hop/Rap Music

Published: 2021-07-05 14:35:05
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“Since rap started, we’ve got youngsters showing their bottoms and wearing hats sideways and on the tip of their heads. I mean, what the heck is that? Youngsters are now wearing gold chains and tattoos, and spitting vulgarities and profanities consistently. Finally, rap music isn’t even music. It is just some man or woman talking quickly and throwing in cuss words every few seconds.” I saw this on social media and immediately I had a topic to write about.Yes, Hip Hop/Rap music may be filled with profanity and slang, it can display sexism and speak about drug distribution and the use of them, all while “promoting” the “Gangster Life.” That is if you skim through the lyrics and just listen to anyone who claims to be a rapper. However, if you listen and study Hip Hop/Rap as a respected genre you will find that it is a diverse genre that is used to express a wide variety of realities and aspirations. Hip Hop/Rap has had a big influence on the black community in America, and on society as a whole. Hip Hop/Rap is more than just my favorite genre of music and it is more than just music, it is a culture!Hip Hop/Rap has influenced and uplifted America since its birth. Providing a voice for generations Hip Hop/Rap music has been used as a tool for a group of people trying to deliver a message. Opponents of the Hip Hop/Rap Culture, like the random guy above will ignore the fact that Hip Hop/Rap is a vocal outlet for my people and run with the idea that the music is aggressive and promotes social rebellion. Hip Hop/Rap has provided a platform for artists to express their opinions about society. It has also given people like me a voice! This outlet is crucial in order for my community to be uplifted. I would love for people who are opposed to Hip Hop/Rap music to try to embrace the culture rather than attack it.Netflix has released a series called “Unsolved.” In its description, it is a “scripted True Crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.” (Netflix) The show takes the viewer through the police investigations of the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. If you do not know, Tupac was killed in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996 at the age of 25, and Biggie was also shot and killed by an unknown person in March 1997 at the age of 24. Both rappers were critics of society when alive and still are because they and used their platforms to tell stories of who they were, the life around them and much more. Tupac recorded a song in 1992 called “Changes.” After his death in 1996, the song was remixed in 1998 and was part of his after death album, “Greatest Hits.” Throughout the song, Tupac speaks about police brutality and racism in America, I am going to talk about the importance of this and why it was important. I will not be sensoring any lyrics.In “Changes,” Tupac says “Cops give a damn about a negro. Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he’s a hero.” He is clearly speaking about the issue of police brutality, and the unfortunate fact that in the United states minorities are more likely to receive deadly force. I have found data collected by the Washington Post on the use of deadly force by police officers starting in 2015. The Washington post stated that, “relative to the portion of the population, black people are overrepresented among all those killed by police under all circumstances. Black people made up 13% of the population. However, in 2015 they accounted for 26% of those that were killed by police. In 2016, 24%, and in 2017, 23%.” In other words, black people are still the victims of the deadly use of force by police officers and at a rate that is almost twice the rate as the general population! This is clearly still a problem and through music Tupac told the world.It is not hidden that America has a long history of discrimination and racism. Over 20 years ago Tupac spoke about the racism and discrimination he saw in America. In his song “Changes,” he said, “All I see is racist faces, misplaced hate makes disgrace to races.” He also said “some things will never change.” It is clear to me that some things have not changed. NBCNews.com states that 36 percent of Americans do not believe racism is a major problem in this country, they believe “we,” as a country have moved passed that. However, numbers say otherwise. According to data from the FBI on The National Press Office Website. “Hate crimes are still motivated by race more than any other factor.” For example, in 2014, 48.3 percent of hate crimes were motivated by race. In second place was sexual orientation, with “18.7 percent”. This data was only five years old and what Tupac said was twenty years ago.. Racism still is a big problem in America. Through Hip Hop/Rap music it was spoken about.

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