Hip Hop has arguably been one of the most influential genres on society since it becoming popular in the 1980’s as well as twenty years later in the 2000’s. The 1980’s were a golden age for Hip Hop. It now no longer was just music, but becoming a movement. In the 80’s Hip Hop wasn’t promoting high expensive cars or having relations with multiple women. It focused on social and political issues that we’re affecting the community. The 1980’s seemed to hit the minority communities pretty hard. With unemployment at an all-time high, street violence was getting worse, more and more kids were dropping out of school and as if things couldn’t get any worse in the mid 80’s the crack epidemic was born. These are the issues that Hip Hop focused on, bringing awareness and light to everyday living in the ghetto. Very rare would you hear an artist glorify the usage of drugs instead they would metaphorically educate you on why you should steer away from it. Some would argue that Hip Hop in the 80’s was negative and was disrespectful to authoritative figures such as police officers and political figures i.e. former President Regan. The truth is people were mad and they felt as if society had set them up for failure. Being a minority and a male was a death stamp or an automatic ticket to the state penitentiary. The music made people angry but it also made them think and come together as one. It wasn’t about wearing the wrong colors or going in the wrong hood because everyone who was affected was the same color and wanted to live above the poverty line and move out the hood. Hip Hop promoted unity, black power, a higher level respect for women. There were quite a few influential female artists who paved the way. They showed the world you don’t have to dress half naked to get a record deal and it’s ok to demand the respect you deserve. Female artists had a sense of dignity reigning themselves as queens and nothing less. Female artists represented empowerment as well as feminism. Hip Hop has always had a stance on fashion. In the 80’s a lot of Hip Hop artists influenced the younger generation to dress and even try to imitate their look. The big gold chains became very popular, adidas, Nikes, starter jackets, Kango hats, and Coogi all inspired by Hip Hop. Hip Hop in the 2000’s has definitely digressed in the new millennium era. Although Hip Hop was still influential on society the messages that were bringing forth were no longer social and economic issues that affected the community at large. Hip Hop…
Hip-Hop Music Then and Now
Hip-hop is defined such as the urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city. In my opinion this definition is ever so slightly outdated. Perhaps back in the late 80’s and early 90’s this would be an appropriate definition, but today, I think hip-hop is defined as something far more modern and different. Today, it is 2013, hip-hop is no longer an underground genre that is only associated with African…
to rapper Pete Nice, and Cage was featured on the 1993 album Dust to Dust. Pete Nice also introduced Palko to radio personality Bobbito García, who featured Palko on his program several times, increasing his reputation among New York's underground hip hop scene, where he became associated with KMD, Kurious Jorge, K-Solo, Godfather Don, Necro, Artifacts, Pharoahe Monch and El-P. Palko signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, but frequently recorded while intoxicated, and the label found his…
Madonna and Don Mclean sang about “the day the music died.” While music hasn’t died, it has certain changed. Music has been commercialized, and it has become quite the profitable business. Gone are the days of artistic expression. They’ve given way to the era of the bottom dollar. This music industry is dominated by men. The artists, managers, and executives are all mostly males. They target other males as their primary consumers, and everything revolves around that fact. The easiest way…
It is said that Hip-Hop started out in the Bronx. It is a movement that consists of two-turntables and a microphone. It was a new way of expressing yourself weather it would be through poetry, fashion, dancing. It’s a culture that would set many trends for years to and an influential culture that has had many teens fascinated with there fashion, Lyric’s, djing, dancing, and political awareness.
Hip-Hop culture is a lifestyle that’s full of complex rhyme…
November 14, 2014
Gender Roles in Hip Hop
It is obviously that women and men are being setting in different gender roles in the history, even in the modern society. Men have been placed into a masculine gender role as powerful and tough. Different with men, women are under control and being oppressed. It seems like people have accept the gender roles for a long time, so it is usual for people to find gender beliefs related in hip hop music. This belief always rotates around violence…
Although hip-hop is currently being offered at Los Sabrosos, there is considerable room for expansion if deemed profitable. It is important that additions of other dance styles outside the studio’s specialty, Salsa, be added only after careful consideration of image and profit implecations.
Hip-Hop is now a popular style…
As a hip-hop music fan, I am extremely disappointed by what is considered hip-hop music today. Unfortunately the music has become vulgar, disrespects and downgrades women by by casually objectifying them, and frankly supports the negative stereotype of men being disgusting pigs who do as they please. I honestly feel that "hip-hop" artists now-a-days should not be given the priveledge to catergorize their music as hip-hop because it has lost the very essence of hip-hop.
209 8th grade
Many people theese days get inspired by the kind of music they listen to or the music videos they watch. From hip/hop and Rap to Jazz and oldies many people are inspired to do the things that are seen in vidoes and things that are heard in songs.
I would have to disagree with some of those points that peole have about rap music but not all. I myself love rap and I agree that many of the songs have bad ties to drugs and such but not all of them do. Some of the…
"Is gangster rap hip-hop? Sure. Does gangster rap involve talent? I think not." When people think of hip-hop music they think of violent rap that's talking about killing and raping. Not all hip-hop is like that though. It's not necessary to use obscenities or to speak of murder or drugs to be a good rapper. For some reason violence, sex, crime, and drugs are associated with rap. Rappers feel that they have to take on this gangster image in order to succeed. Not true!
Violence is the main element…
28 April 2013
Hip-hop today is reaching new ranges of its audience; it is more popular with a variety of races now, than it has ever been before. However, Hip-hop as we know it today, no matter the arguments or pressed “facts”, is not how we knew it when it first was created. Before, hip-hop was a way to express yourself; many artist used it to talk about the problems in the corrupt world or even problems that they were facing in their own lives. It…