Essay about Rap as a language

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     Since its start in the music industry around nineteen eighty-eight rap music has always been under a lot of scrutiny for its lyrics and messages that it portrays. Rap music has a long history starting back to the days of slavery and has come a long way since then bridging gaps between all genres of music including jazz, blues, and basic drum beats. When hip hop first came about its message was simple. It was groups of black men who described the life they were living in the ghettos all over the world. They felt helpless and viewed the government in a very strong negative way based on the lack of help African American’s were given in the contexts of housing, education, and living. As rap music developed and…show more content…
Femininity in Rap music is a movement in self expression. Women have played important roles in hip hop history but have always been back up singers or dancers in a more male dominated field. Feminist researcher Anne O’Connell claims that, “not until the past ten years female rappers have made their mark and gained considerable recognition and respect as artists and lyricists in the field” (O’Connell). The female rap movement spawned from female vocalists in the blues genre. These women sang about exploiting themselves sexually as a means of empowerment. Female rap artists took this idea from their predecessors and took off with this idea of female empowerment in a growing industry of hip hop. In nineteen ninety-five a female rap group by the name of Salt N Pepper came onto the scene and were the first women of the times to be viewed sexually and at the same time rap about being empowered. Their first hit single was a song called “Shoop” which is a word that is a euphemism for having sex. In the song they say “I wanna shoop” meaning I want to have sex which was not something typical for female artists to say. This song broke boundaries for women by disagreeing with the cliché myth that women should not discuss their sexuality and do not discuss their lust towards men. Pepper starts off in the song by saying, “What’s your name? No not you! The bow-legged one. Yeah. What’s your name. Damn! That
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