Hip Hop Music Mirrors All Urban Society

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Hip Hop Music Mirrors All Urban Society
From 1950 to the late 1980’s, social conflicts all over the world encouraged the success of Hip Hop due its ability to mirror the negative and positive aspects of society, and in doing this, the concept of Hip Hop’s real lyrics were very easily translated and adopted overseas. To understand Hip Hop’s ability to migrate around the world, it must be understood what Hip Hop was created out of. First, American Urban society, from the Civil Rights Era until now has matured, creating Hip Hop’s lyrics in both its negative recap of the destruction of South Bronx and the new AIDS epidemic and positive reenactment of the solution brought by the Civil Rights Era and the urban society’s ability to attain
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I’m trying not to loose my head. It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under”, where he descriptively narrated about his life in the Bronx. Even though African Americans are increasing their financial incomes and attending universities at a higher percentage (African American History Month: February 2006), they also, unfortunately, have the highest reported percentage of HIV/AIDS cases (Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS among African Americans) and collectively are more poor than any other race in US (2006 Census Poverty and Income Data). Reacting to this major change in urban society where Hip Hop was created, the lyrical content changed to reflect that. As forty nine percent of the African American Community suffer from HIV/AIDS (Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS among African Americans) in addition to having the highest poverty percentage among any race, the artist Common mentions the effect of AIDS and the poverty issue plaguing African American society in his song “Misunderstood” released this past summer. Evidently the lyrical content of Hip Hop directly mirrors urban American society. On an international scale, the social and economic despair was caused by most of Europe’s inability to repair itself fast enough after the Cold War and their own civil disputes. Cold War, which happened during the 1945 through 1960, affected the entire world individually. As late at 1990, Europe still saw the immediate aftermath of the Cold War. Pete Gumbel, Newsweek
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