Hip Hop Essay

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In the last three decades, Hip Hop music has evolved into one of the largest youth influencers. Uplifting the youth, Hip Hop provides a voice to a group of people trying to deliver a message. Whether it is politcally, culturally, racially, or socially, the music speaks for people with a variety of beliefs and passions. Hip Hop and Rap music espands people’s horizons, and promotes the idea of equality between interacial communities. The Hip-Hop music movements emergence can be traced back to the 1970’s in South Bronx, New York. DJ Kool Herc, a Jamaican born DJ, kickstarted the movement and laid the groundwork for everything associated with Hip Hop music today. Herc created “toasting,” which can be described as speaking over a rhythmic…show more content…
As the genre of Hip Hop and Rap spread around the world, it became a social and cultural platform for artists. Most people assume that it has the biggest influence on the black community in America, but the music has spread far beyond that specific audience. Critics describe Hip Hop music as homophobic, racist, vulgar, and violent. Tricia Rose contradicts this statement perfectly: “Rappers’ lyrics really do offer gripping tales of loss, sorrow, exploitation, rage, confinement, hopelessness, and despair about conditions that are denied in the larger society” (“The Role Of Hip Hop”). It is imporant to see past the innapropriate langauge and listen to the actual message of the song, because in most scenarios the message outweighs the vulgar words. As soon as this music genre became popular among teens and young adults, a plethora of songs came out with important social messages. In the society we live in today, suicide is a prominent issue. Very recently, three very popular artists teamed up to use their following to promote the message of suicide prevention. Logic, Alessia Cara, and DJ Khalid produced a song called “1-800-273-8255,” the title being a suicide prevention hotline number. To prevent contraversy on the new release Logic released a statement: “In [this song] we hear a person at the end of their rope. We then hear words from the perspective of the Lifeline counselor who in turn gives

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