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Stereotypes In Hip Hop Music

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Hip-hop music grew out of widespread popular genres like blues, R&B, and gospel in the 1970s. Black American youths used this genre and the themes it addressed to create a new culture that would aim to define what being a black individual in America meant and how the community as a whole dealt with oppression and anti-black attitudes post-Civil Rights Era. After its rise to prominence in mainstream American culture, independent directors decided to take advantage of the genre as a way to portray black Americans in a way that both refuted and supported standard stereotypes of black people already present in American cinema. Up-and-coming names like Spike Lee and Michael Shultz, responsible for popular films like Do the Right Thing (1989) and Krush Groove (1985), used rap and hip-hop music as a secondary backdrop for their respective works so as to emphasize the point about black American culture that they were trying to make. In so doing, these men depicted a range of associations in black communities, from ethnic identity and sense of location to the subjective social standing forced upon black people by an indifferent and violent social system.
Since well before the Civil Rights Movement, as far back as the Civil War or even the beginning of the African Slave Trade during the Colonial Era, black people have been portrayed as an inferior race by the predominantly white, Christian society in which they were forcibly integrated. Stereotypes created by this society, which
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