What is Hip Hop?

1057 WordsJul 10, 20185 Pages
Despite the controversy regarding the derogative nature of Hip-hop, One cannot downplay the cultural influences that hip-hop has impressed on the world. Merriam-Webster defines hip-hop as the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap (citation). Although the conventional definition of hip-hop is generally correct, it does not adequately portray the gravity of the movement. Coined by the urban youth, Hip-hop has forced its way to the pinnacle of mainstream America. Hip-hop’s massive influence on the English language, the fashion industry, and world peace warrants its cultural superiority. Hip-hop is a revolution; a rebellion in a sense. Hip-hop is a way for us African-Americans as well as other ethnic groups, to accept the…show more content…
One can hear a white, Asian, or Latino hip hopper saying, “TJ is my nigga,” which means “TJ is my good friend” (Reese). Despite the controversy surrounding the word, hip-hop has adopted it to sort of off-set the psychological effects that the word has on African Americans. Hip-hop language has become a sort of universal dialect. Whether it is the addition of the phrase "bling-bling" to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003 or the inclusion of the term "crunk" in the 2007 volume of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, hip-hop culture has changed the nature, the sound, and the rules of the English language (Price III). Even if fans of the hip-hop culture have different first languages, they still can understand the slang of hip hop. Hence, hip-hop has had success uniting the world linguistically. The Hip-hop movement has also had a massive effect of the fashion industry. Unlike any other trend of previous generations, hip-hop fashion cut across many ethnic boundaries. Many of the fashion trends that we see today such as the wearing of baggy pants, baseball caps worn backwards, hoodies worn under sports jerseys, and expensive sneakers were derived from the hip-hop culture and emulated by others. The hip-hop nation has also incorporated the attire of upper-class Caucasian society as a manifestation of their lack of power in American society. Urban hip-hop artist have been pushing bourgeois
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