Rap also known as Hip Hop Rap music is the central entertainment in black urban communities. Its business focus is maximum gross income. Some critics describe the music as a temporary outlet from inescapable, constant worries. The music produces all sorts of emotions, from hatred, cheerfulness, sadness, etc. Its main purpose is to influence the audience it seeks.
WHAT IS HIP HOP?
Musical Icons Point of Veiw “The thing about hip-hop is that it's from the underground, ideas from the underbelly, from people who have mostly been locked out, who have not been recognized.” ~ Russel Simmons “Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.” ~ Doug E. Fresh
Local Artist Response “Hip Hop is the culture in which I'm given a platform to communicate truth. The culture that I grew up in, the culture that I understand & relate to. And that's why it is the culture that I'm burdened to reach out to.” – Duoshun Pledgure, Portland, OR “Hip-hop is creative, original, real, uncut feelings that an individual expresses through their life stories. It is not just music but something greater than that..something that united a community together when there was nothing else..there was hip-hop.” Laura Whedon, McMinville, OR “Hip hop is the vehicle that drives my passion and takes me where to where I want to go.” Halfa, Portland, OR
Fans Standpoint “hip hop is words, passion, life, rhythm, the meaning of rap is Rhythm and Poetry the question is what is hip hop the question should be what hip hop is not.” – Amber Miller, Eugne, OR “Hip hop isn't just music, it's the culture that set guidelines and trends for young African Americans at a time when nothing in mainstream looked or sounded like them. Now it's setting trends for the world. Hip hop is as natural as breathing to me.”- Simone Tims, Portland, OR “Hip Hop is a voice from a community unrecognized and underestimated. It paths a way for us express ourselves. It serves understanding without criticism or judgment. It DEMANDS attention and acceptance and plants seeds of hope, opportunity, and prosperity through its music.” – Sofia Bereket, Portland, OR
Tupac Gotta keep ya head up Inspirational Music, Promoting Hope http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlQcJAjYxaI This is Hip Hop at its fullest effect. Self expression and motivation through words over a instrumental that correlate with the mood of the song.
Origin The first people who made this music genre are the African Americans. Keith Cowboy, a rapper with Grandmaster Flash and Furious Five, made the term hip-hop. He was singing the words, “Hip hop hip hop," when he was teasing a friend who had just joined the US Army. The word "rap" created later and was a slang word that mean conversation. In The 1978 when hip hop was first created there were only 3 known hip hop artist: Keith Cowboy, Melly Mel, and Kid Kreo. Recording was not its primary function. It was really about entertaining and throwing parties. There was DJ who would scratch records and MC who would shout chants on the mike that rhyme and the crowd followed along as they danced. Then Hip hop took off when it started recorded and hit the public nationally.
Pioneers- First Known MCs Keith Cowboy Melly Mel Kid Creole They started together in the South Bronx of New York in 1978. Known as Furious Five after adding two more members to the group later.
Cultural Influences The Lyrics of rap come represent real life circumstances. Many of Rap Artist come from low income communities and they speak of the violence, drugs, prostitutions that seems to control their environments. Also you can find music on political topics and presidential views. Blacks were suppressed of equality and in the music of the early 90’s and even now, they make it very aware of how they feel and think.
Materialism In music videos, rappers sport lavish jewelry, top designer clothes, and higher end vehicles. They promote these materials to lower class individuals who cannot afford such expensive items. Indirectly, rappers are boasting of their wealth and shaming their audience’s poverty
BlingBling The song peaked at #36 on the Billboards Hot100. Material Exploitation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXDoxxlgNG0
Violence Violence is a major motivator in rap music. The music gives violence a good name. Rappers speak on it as if it is the norm for everyday life. Guns are the most spoken about. Murder is not a topic that is shied away from, but encouraged. Consequences not informed with the violent lyrics: 1. Death 2. Jail
Hypocrites These same rappers that speak about violent matters, are in reality family men. They don’t ride around in their high quality cars looking for the next person to kill, but they influence their audience to do so. Instead of preaching morals and lawful action, they despise such things. Consequently, they’re encouraging their audience to commit legal acts, giving up their freedom and spending a great deal of time incarcerated. While incarcerated, their icon is free to do as he pleases, and there will no letter or visit from him.
Snoop Dogg - Murder Was The Case Violence is Praised http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC2OpFMBReg&feature=related
Its creates a world of violence on its on….. Violence Behind the Music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT5EJUMui5A
Role Models in Handcuffs Popular Artist, Lil Wayne T.I, Hip Hop Award Receiver And Actor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCltaS7mZIQ&feature=related
KRS One - Stop the violence Fight against Violence KRS One and as well as other Hip Hop artist pay particular attention to the message they encourage and lyrics that represent them. They understand that their music is being idolized by young youths. So they make sure to spread positive and hopeful ideas. The positive music they influence is unfortunately not popular, therefore their music is less heard publicly and the violent music is heard and distributed well through out National regions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yo0B3kn1YI
Parental Guidence Parents need to monitor what their children are listening to and children need to seek their parent’s approval of what they are involved in. Entertainment is sucking the ethnics out of children and forcing them to desire an unrealistic life. Rap music is misleading to one who desires a nonviolent and free from incarceration life.
Business and Rapping
30 billion dollar industry outside the Music Rapper are branching out into the business world. Being marketed for products, acting, creating clothing lines, producing movies, etc. Rappers now are generating income more than ever.
Music And Presidential Resentment It has been protested and be strongly believed that President Bush is not for Black America. These Musical Artist express their thoughts. Common- Song Title “Be” Bush pushing lies, killers immortalizedWe got arms but won't reach for the skies Kanye West(Bush Claim) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-JLnlW5qYo Political response to claim http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClGv2kiV770&feature=related Lil Wayne(Song dedicated to Bush) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx4y129Q-YI
Music and Presidential Support Ludacris- OBAMA IS HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL-oUX2rCqc Yes we can http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY&feature=related
Education Education is looked down upon in the rap industry. . Most rappers are high school dropouts. They persuade their viewers that education is a waste of time and teachers are only there for a paycheck. Instead, they promote distributing controlled substances for income. It’s said that one can make more than a teacher doing so.
College Dropout- School Spirit Education is Made a joke of… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK8qsqpLE9g
Education Promotion Nas- I know I can http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWbpmOO9HRA&playnext=1&list=PLB9EE77D8C8059D58&index=6 Lupe Fiasco “It’s kids who wanna leave, and I encourage themGo out and see the world, never return from,Yeah you don’t come back, unless you learn some”
On Thanksgiving and Christmas we go out and give turkeys and food to the families that can't afford to have nice Thanksgiving dinners, and on Christmas we go around and give a certain amount of toys to the less fortunate families that probably wont be able to shop and afford to trade gifts," Chingy told AllHipHop.com. Giving Back "I did this event in St. Louis and Russell Simmons came through for me at the gathering and I gave those scholarships away to the kids, so that was pretty cool," Chingy said.
Women In Rap, Past and Present MC Lyte NickiMinaj A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7DCryjcgcE “I remember seeing MC Lyte in a Hip-Hop game filled with men, doing more than holding her own.” Is the leading woman in hip hop currently. It is said that her lyrics and talent are one of the rarest by a woman ever heard and she is outperforming men in the industry.
Hip Hop Thrives off Sex appeal of Woman Marsh Hunt “You’ve got to slip in through the side-door, once in do your damage, but you’re kidding yourselves if you think you will get in on your own terms.” Sex is prompted all through rap, through lyrics, pictures and videos. It is the forefront of its promotion and appeal to audience. Back That Thang Up.. Huge Song in 2000. No substance just sex appeal. NICKI MINAJ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nWOTap20pw
In Conclusion Hip Hop is very valuable to me and apart of my everyday life. I listen to it as I walk to school, get dressed, work and even get ready for football games. Hip has its’ positives and also its negative. But right now in my opinion is more negative than positive. Hip hop should promote more of efficient production versus illusionary life style. A lot of kids want to be rappers and President Obama addresses this…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWordPDlJgk
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