The Hip Hop Generation And Its Impact On Society

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Dominiquie Gray English- 102 Argumentative Essay 6 December 2015 The Hip Hop Generation and its Impact on Society. Throughout history, Hip Hop has manifest into more than a simple form of life, but as a powerful cultural movement. Hip Hop plays a major part in African American culture, dialogue, fashion, and self expression. Today, Hip Hop has a joined people of many nationalities, races, and ethnicities as a society. The Hip Hop Generation has begun to redefine African American cultural norms and practices in America by the changing of conduct, social interaction, and immoral acts. Hip Hop has had many positive and negative effects on society one of which has been well known to sending out negative messages through misogynistic lyrics and lifestyle. Yet, a debatable question is raised is Hip Hop really one to blame? To answer this question, one must first reevaluate Hip Hop beyond the misrepresented concepts that mainstream media had portrayed for over a twenty year time frame. In the Ted talk discussion “Hip Hop & Shakespeare” by Akala, he properly gives an in depth definition of Hip Hop. So what is Hip Hop? “Hip” in the term comes from the Wolof word “hipi” of a Senegalese language meaning “to open one’s eyes and see” as a term of enlightenment. The word “Hop” derives from the English language meaning “movement”. Therefore, “Hip Hop” means “intelligent movement”. Hip Hop consists of five elements that were codified by its founding fathers in New York City.

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