Hip Hop And Rap Music

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In hip-hop and rap, one of the most important aspects of the songs is the words. It is all about the meaning and the kind of message or story the artist is trying to convey to the listener. One artist who has emerged in the last 27 years who exemplifies this part of hip-hop, is George Watsky, or as he is more commonly known as, Watsky. Watsky, a progressive hip-hop artist, draws upon the roots and stylings of early and 90s hip-hop, while also adding contemporary social commentary into his poetic lyrics as one of the more thoughtful progressive hip-hop artists of the 21st century. When hip-hop artists first began adding social commentary into their lyrics, the zeitgeist of the times was a time of disenfranchisement, violence, poverty,…show more content…
Since hip-hop was first introduced, there has been a rise in inequality and racial tensions, which has resulted in more segregated schools and neighborhoods, more discrimination and more violence than ever before. As a white artist, Watsky added his own perspective on this zeitgeist with his song “Color Lines (feat. Catch Wreck).” Within his song, Watsky’s raps highlight the white person’s role in the formation of this society, with lyrics such as “lynch trees have the same white limbs/ check out my arms, I look just like him.” While with another verse, Catch Wreck responds with lyrics such as “let’s you and I get one thing straight/ the game never been equal, ain’t no food on my plate/ I gave birth to this and you just took it and co-opted it and profited/ and packed it and wouldn’t give me half of it.” This back and forth between Catch Wreck and Watsky not only illustrates the divide in society and the growing racial tensions that has been accumulating for decades, but it also adds in the style from the roots of hip-hop, known as the dozens. The dozens are a style of rapping in which one which one verbally duels with another. This duel is clearly shown when Catch Wreck says, “All you gotta do is get past the guilt/ we ain’t living in a house that master built/ if you understand that, tell your people what you know/ because one of ‘em got enough money to pay back what you owe” and Watsky

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