Women, R&B, Hip-Hop and Popular Music Alicia Keys Maeko Ishii ISMAD0903
Alicia Keys Alicia Keys is singer song writer, actress in U.S.A. She won many awards and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. she is now well known as one of the top R&B artists for 2000-2009. Her great hits studio albums are… Songs in A Minor (2001) The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003) As I Am (2007) The Element of Freedom (2009)
Alicia Keys’s music style Performed her R&B soul music with piano Her songs are written about… love, heartbreak and female empowerment Her music style is influenced by… Prince, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. “Karma” is a song by her from her second album takes influence from hip-hop and classical music, was released in 2004. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6TvLsXMcuA
The background of the formation of R&B soul music by female artists. From beginnings in 1970’s New York Sha Rock -the female rapper during the disco and funk era, she first performed as an MC with Funky Four + One, then later joined Lisa Lee and Deddie Dee to form Us Girls in the early 1980s. The release of “ Square Biz” by R&B singer Teena Marie in 1981 is among the earliest examples of rapping. Blondie - best known for her performances in punk rock -the hit song “ Rapture”, that featured rapping (Hobson& Bartlow 2008, pp.4-6).
Their role in society-How do their music influence to our society and culture?- gaves us the idea about another different genres, performance, and cultural practices get deeper knowledge about woman’s roles and representation (Hobson, J & Bartlow, RD 2008, pp.5-8). has changed the concept of sexuality and got more popularity to new sexuality and gender roles within culture (Farmer, B 2008, pp.153-63) constructed with those resistances to the limited, sexualized representation, which has stereotypical images of woman, by individual female artists’ radical performance (Yue, A 2008, pp.133-53).
"If I Ain't Got You" is a song recorded, written, and produced by herself for her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys in 2003, released in 2004 as the album's second single. The song received two nominations at the 2005 Grammy Awards, for Song of the year and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and won in the latter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDQuQGG3FlY&ob=av3n
As a result.... music could be the one of the factors that reforms another part of gender by the spread of new breed of punkers, rockers and rappers. to show… woman’s anger, even rage and also insist that men should respect woman in a society so woman exhibit their energy in music and create a stage in popular music with renewal in the surge of woman’s militancy in the world (Mwangi, E 2004, pp.5-15).
Bibliography Farmer, B 2008, ‘Can’t get you out of my head: consuming celebrity, producing sexual identity’, in Anderson, N & Schlunke, K(eds.), Cultural theory in everyday practice. Oxford University Press, Australia. Hobson, J & Bartlow, RD 2008, Representation: Woman, Hip-Hop, and Popular Music. Meridians. Mwangi, E 2004, Masculinity and nationalism in East African hip-hop music. Tydskrifvirletterkunde. Yue, A 2008, ‘Kung fu fighting: doing action and negotiating masculinity’, in Anderson,N & Schlunke, K (eds.), Cultural theory in everyday practice, Oxford University Press, Australia.