So Much Emotion from the Music of Hip-Hop

703 Words Feb 18th, 2018 3 Pages
How is it that uttering of two almost identical words can generate so much emotion, so much conversation, and so much controversy? People have been using music in a multitude of forms to document and share their experiences; in this respect hip-hop is no different. James McBride offers an intriguing proposal for our consideration: regardless of how we feel about hip-hop, it is here to stay because it has become a part of our global culture and represents a restless generation unsatisfied with the current state of almost anything its rebellious its different and most importantly NEW! Drawing upon his dual credentials of journalist and musician, McBride weaves together a diverse range of rhetorical strategies to compose and convey this message, using a writing style that acts as a metaphor for the music itself. In the opening paragraphs, McBride successfully establishes his credibility by sharing first a scenario and then an anecdote. He begins with an extremely personal futuristic nightmare of his daughter bringing home the stereotypical rapper “with a mouthful of gold teeth, a do-rag on his head, muscles popping out of his arms, and a thug attitude” (1), The worst part is that “before you know it, I’m hearing the pitter- pater of little feet, their offspring, cascading through my living room, cascading through my life, and drowning me with the sound of my own hypocrisy” (1). He then connects this nightmare to his own reality, a past that…
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