A Modern Black Arts Movement through the Instrument of Hip-Hop

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A Modern Black Arts Movement through the Instrument of Hip-Hop

Since the decade of 1920, America has been the setting for a progressive "Black Arts Movement." This African-American cultural movement has taken shape in various genres, gaining mass appeal, through multiple capitalistic markets. Even with the use of capitalism this cultural arts movement has stayed set upon its original purpose and direction, by aiding in cultural identity awareness. The knowledge of the duel-self through community awareness as it pertains to economic perceptions and other social boundaries or the metaphysical-self; what W.E.B. Du Bois coined as "twoness," or a division of one’s own identity as a African-American. (Reuben 2) A realization of the
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This obstruction of expression resulted in the birth of "bourgeoisie" poetry known as rap (hip-hop sub-genre) created by the hip-hop cultural movement of the 1970’s. A movement with idealistic roots linked to the cultural awareness of the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance and the cultural preservation and unification of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. Nevertheless, the hip-hop genre is another outlet of Black Cultural Art redefining cultural perception through urban expression, relying on traditional African-American Art aesthetics.

The hip-hop cultural movement has been divided into four categories: the 1970’s discovery of turntable sampling and the emergence of "Rapper’s Delight" from The Sugar Hill Gang; "The Old School" defined by Run-D.M.C.; The 1980’s Rapper’s of "Social Realism" dealing with the identification of racial issues within the urban lifestyle, expressed in lyrics by rappers such as Ice-T, Rakim, N.W.A. and LL Cool J; The present day commercial hip-hop centered around monopolized record labels sacrificing art for the benefit of commercial revenue, such as "No Limit Records." The hip-hop movement originated as an urban impulse using various elements of performance art to discover a cultural identity, which was usually deemed unacceptable by law enforcement officers. The culture adopted an "outlaw" image through graffiti art, breakdancing and DJ’s mixing samples at public party performances. The two most
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