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Hip-Hop’s Media Effects
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Term Paper
Javier Sanchez
Hip-Hop’s Media Effects
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Term Paper
Javier Sanchez

Music. What do you think of when you think of music? Do you think of your favorite singer/ band, or maybe your favorite song at the time; but how often do you think about how that one song, or artist(s) have affected your life, your outlook on politics, society, way of living or way of seeing things in general? Not often enough would be a safe bet to say. As most of us miss the true meaning, the signs in between the lyrics, to go deeper to what the songwriter was proposing. We lack to see the usages of sound and timing to help convey the forms of media effects such as Disinhibition and Stereotyping. Music is among the oldest forms of delivering messages from generation to generation, and even changing from region or culture. Focusing on a certain genera of music, Rap/ Hip-hop music has changed drastically throughout the years, and from its origins. It has become a staple in today’s society, a part of life, an influential part of today’s movies, fashion, cars, and vernacular among others. Hip-hop music was a branch of music that started in the urban inner cities, as poetic individuals began to talk in rhythm, and rhyme. It was something to do that helped pass the time. It became a form of music that evolved from Blues, to it’s own, and after several years has created it’s own sub-genres. This form of media has served as a method of entertainment to a huge audience, while in another context has served as a form of political standpoints, pop culture events, stories from the artist past, and in rare occasions has served in criminal investigations. Rap music has helped defined a new wave of culture for our generation, among those to come, setting up how we dress, talk and even interact with each other today. Artist end up becoming the voice of a group, or region in any genre, what’s to stop rappers from being the same. Being the same guys and girls that you use to see working at the store down the street, dealing with the same struggles as you did; artist help in developing a standpoint on issues in society, depending on the artist, it could range from a local issue in the community to a nationwide, or worldwide dilemma. As described, music has been the outlet for many young creative minds to express the way they feel, whether that be towards the girl down the street, or towards an injustice that has happen in our community. “Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.” Said Bob Dylan, a great blues singer, who is well known for his beautiful music but also for his political songs such as “Times are a changin’”, “Only pawn in the game”, and “Hurricane” among others. Just like Mr. Dylan’s music there’s pain hidden behind it, a tragedy or disturbance that caused the inspiration of this song. While we might not think it, music is a form of media, that focuses primarily in entertaining the audience, but secondly in informing the public, along with being a watchdog for the government, among society in its own.

One of the primary effects that music in general and Hip-hop falls underneath is that of Disinhibition. Which is the act of becoming more willing to engage in a behavior as a result to exposure to media content about such behavior.

Lupe Fiasco, if he doesn’t ring a bell, he will. Lupe Fiasco is a Chicago based rapper, that has made a name for himself in the music scene, since the early 2000’s. While yes he is a musician, just as other greats, Mr. Fiasco is also an activist, as greatly represented within his catalog of music. While we do not give enough credit to musicians as we should in a political forum. That should be taken into reconsideration. Lupe Fiasco has written countless of songs aimed at the government and there form of conducting service. The “Words I Never Said” is known not for its...
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