Rap And Hip Hop Music

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Rap and hip hop music has evolved politically over the last decade; these genres have become major forces and influential factors for North American youth and young adults. Nas, a popular rap star, sold 1 million copies of his first album Illmatic by Dec. 2001, and by 2004 Nas released his 7th platinum album Street Disciple. The album street disciple contained a very political song titled American Way. The song showcases the negative outlook rap has against politics in its early stages as a genre. In addition, Lakeyta M Bonnet’s Book Pulse of the People: Political Rap Music and Black Politics, expresses the way hip hop music acts as a catalyst for the involvement of urban minorities in politics. While Paint the White House Black an academic journal by Richmond, Sanford K. displays the present day relationship the current president in America has with hip hop music. The song American Way, along with the book by Lakeyta M Bonnet, and the Academic Journal by Richmond, Sanford K. elaborate on how hip hop music and politics were born with conflict, but eventually matured toward mutualism.
Nas as an artist relates to the subordinate class of American society because he was born and in Brooklyn New York. In the song American Way he refers to himself as the “spokesperson for Black Men” (Nas 2004) demonstrating how there is an entire ethnic group who support what he’s saying and he is portraying their ideas at a world stage level. In America freedom of speech is a right and many…

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