Hip Hop And Rap Music

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Hip hop music is one of the most popular genres in present time that rose to prominence in the 1980’s. The hip hop genre was born in the African American community and has since then changed into what it is today. What most individuals don’t know is that originally rap music did not contain such explicit themes as it does now; such as misogyny, drugs, crime, and violence among others. Many people may wonder what led to the introduction of such themes into rap music and why they remained popular. Crime and violence were introduced to rap music as a way to expose the unjust life in the ghettos, and even if it caused many controversies, the theme stayed and revolutionized through the years until it became a commodification. To begin, to…show more content…
That argument is expressed in Rabaka’s book, which says, “1980’s hardcore rappers understood themselves to be exposing the harsh realities of life in the hood” (252). By the mid 1980’s artist became more aware of the situation their community was going through and decided to change the way they protested. Soon after, rappers began to protest in a way that made it hard to be ignored. The early themes of crime and violence in rap sought to protest and break silence. The time between the 1980’s and 1990’s was critical for the hip hop culture because they were forced to revolutionize. The place that many African Americans called home had been ignored and left to deteriorate, as the book by Rabaka expresses, “black America in the 1980’s and early 1990’s seemed like and was, thus, like a long-lost wasteland or de-industrialized desert” (255). Since the government was not listening to their community, individuals developed a way to explicitly protest. Rappers employed violence and crime in music because they wanted to break silence and speak against the inequality that many African Americans were living. The book Hip Hop Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reasons expresses, “Violence of some kind was recognized as necessary for breaking the conspiracy of silence, and complacency about economic oppression, police violence, and other social ills of the black inner city,” to explain that crime and violence was needed to make a point (Shelby

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