The Main Impact of Hip-hop music is on the Kids of today. The music, slang and clothing are a couple of examples of heavy influences. Why can't they be more like ... actually kids today are pretty much the same are their parents and grandparents were when it comes to creating their own culture. Only now, instead of flappers, hippies or punks, we've got a generation of youths influenced by hip-hop culture.
It's hard to argue that the current domination of hip-hop in popular music has had a strong influence on the way American teens talk, dress and act. Hip-hop culture has affected a variety of young people, and its effects can be seen in myriad ways.
The concept of American youths creating a "second language" is nothing new. Slang has been around forever. Peachy keen turned into groovy, which turned into cool, which turned into tight, which turned into...I don't know, I'm older and I'm kind of lame. The point is, kids always have - and always will - found ways to separate themselves from their older un-hip counterparts, and using slang has been an easy way to do it. A lot of today's slang comes from hip-hop culture and/or lyrics to rap and hip-hop songs. Rapper/actor/entrepreneur Snoop Doggy Dogg has been a leader in this trend, inspiring the youth of the nation to add -izzle (or -izzey or -izzie) to the end of words. For example: "That was off the hizzle, fo' shizzle, my dizzle!" means "That was off the hook, for sure, my dog." (As far as what "off the hook" means and why anyone would refer to someone as a dog...well, we'll get to that in a minute.)
The Language of Hip Hop
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