Cure of the Streets

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The poet Rainer Maria Rilke says that "a work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity” (Farley). Hip Hop was born on the poor and dangerous streets of the USA. Minorities such as African-Americans and Hispanics dominated these streets, and they felt the need to address their long-standing common issues. Therefore, a new form of art, hip hop was born, and became the method of self-expression for these minorities. Lyrics have presented what they have been through. While rap has turned from a tool of self-expression to a multi-billion dollar industry, it has continued to constructively affect the social and economic structure of the society. While serving as a good alternative to the streets, hip hop positively uplifts the cultural barriers within the society and educates the youth. In order to better understand the necessity and the influence of hip hop, the history of how and where this music emerged is highly important. In the 1970s, Hip hop was born in the “immensely impoverished, crime-ridden, drug-infested streets of the Bronx”, which were often called “America’s worst slum” or “the epitome of urban failure” (Price 4). Emmett Price III, the writer of Hip Hop Culture, says that the “ostracized, marginalized, and oppressed” youth started hip hop as “a liberation movement”, and they aimed to combat against “issues of racial prejudice, cultural persecution, and social, economic, and political disparities” (Price 1). From the 1970s to the 1990s, hip hop had increased

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