The Hip Hop Genre And Culture

1778 Words Nov 16th, 2015 8 Pages
Luke Brown
Professor Melissa Plaster
English 1301
26 October 2015

The Hip Hop Genre and Culture
The Hip Hop Genre can be reasonably argued, that the vast majority of musical production at any one time involves musicians working in relatively stable ‘genre worlds’ within which ongoing creative practice is not so much about sudden bursts but the continual production of familiarity such rules may guide the notes a guitarist may select to play the way a star may conduct themselves in public the way the audiences behave and how journalists may aesthetically evaluate a performance When talking about the Hip Hop genre there are certain codes and traits which artists have been following for years and then there are certain stereotypes. For example you can look at a picture of Jay-Z taken in 1999, he’s wearing baggy clothing, Timberland Boots and a hooded top, you then look at a picture in 2003 and you see him wearing the same thing. These codes of familiarity are mimicked by the fans. In this genre one glance at someone 's trainers turns into a full scale investigation into the music they like whether they’re into the straight up gangsta rappers like 50 cent or the ‘blingers’ like Jay-Z. Hip Hop has always drawn a lot of its creative energy from the underworld, labels like Death Row, Murder Inc and Bad Boy reflect this.

The style of dress code of pants falling from the waist comes from prison, where inmates aren’t allowed to wear belts. Prison and crime has always…

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