Changing Themes in the Art of Rap

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It is a day in the summer of 1974 on the block of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, NY. The grass is blazing, the air is fresh, and the kids are shrieking with joy. This is where it happened. DJ Kool Herc popped in his new record playing smooth rhythms of jazz and blues with the integration of Jamaican sound creating a new genre that would soon sweep the nation. He called it Hip-Hop. Some would call it “black noise”, but to urban African Americans it was music they could own; music they could learn to appreciate and adore. As they faced afflictions like racism, oppression, drugs, and much more, they used this new found hip- hop to express their thoughts and feelings. Today, we try to understand where this passion and substance in rap has…show more content…
In addition, portrayals of violence in later songs are viewed in a more positive light as shown by their increased association with glamor,wealth, masculinity, personal prowess. (338) By 1997, the percentage of rappers mentioning violence had nearly tripled. During the emergence of rap however, this percentage was comparatively low. Themes had definitely change as proved by the rise in numbers. This percentage is still rising today. Keef’s song “3hunna” is a prime example of the positive light shown on violence in rap music in the 21st century.
“My gun, don't make me beat it
I'm coolin wit my young niggas
A lot of kush, a lot of guns nigga
You see you us you better run nigga
Bullets hot like the sun nigga...” (Chief Keef, 2012)

The lyrics almost speak for themselves. Chief Keef raps about guns as if they are gold, or some other luxury. He is positively rapping about gun violence versus saying guns are bad or discouraging the use of them. The list of differences between old rap and new rap proceed.
Old rappers often viewed women with a positive light as compared to new rap that often degrades women. Of course, not every old rap song adored women, nor does every new rap song degrade women. However, the focus is on majority and trends, and trends show a

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