Taking a Look at Hip Hop

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“Everybody sound the same, commercialize the game Reminiscin' when it wasn't all business If it got where it started So we all gather here for the dearly departed” (NAS, Hip hop is dead), Since the 1920s, America has been the setting for a progressive "Black Arts Movement." This African-American cultural movement has taken shape in various genres, gaining mass appeal, this cultural arts movement has stayed set upon its original purpose and direction, by aiding in cultural identity awareness. Hip Hop is a genre of music that has really grown the last couple of decades. Its increased popularity has brought it to the forefront of globalization. There has been a noticeable decline in the quality of music rappers produce as of 1996. Bishop Don magic Juan in an interview described hip hop as the inner city, he said the ghetto is hip hop and hip hop is the ghetto. Gentrification is one of the most commonly used urban renewal practices instituted in major urban areas. Gentrification has been occurring in Harlem, New York since the early 1980s (Smith 1996). I believe that it is no coincidence the decline of hip hop in New York is occurring simultaneously with the prolificacy of gentrification in predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods. Hip hop is an umbrella for rap which includes East coast, West coast, cumbia. Turntabilism, Gfunk. Tri hop, Nerd core, House, Two-step, Gangsta rap, Reggation, Neosoul, Hyphy Acid Rap, Kwuato and crunk. (KRS ONE) What is Hip hop? “Hip hop is a

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