Rap Music

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Music is one of the few ways in which people can connect with each other, it is one way in which cultures can not only identify themselves but also communicate with each other and find common ground. The sights and sounds of a particular culture may affect without fully understanding the meaning of their importance within that culture. Once were an indication of how things are, and a view of where society is headed. Music is a direct reflection of the picture of society. Music can be a way to deliver messages, a poetic medium, a fine art, or nothing more than a source of entertainment. No matter what it is used for, music is the perfect art and our lives would be that much less complete without it that life as we know it would be the same without. Music is interpreted in many ways by each person’s own concept. As the mind follows the melodious sounds of music, emotions surge and questions arise, sometimes causing an emotional tug of war within the interior of one’s inner mind. Man’s individual self-concept is greatly affected by music, which has a strong affect on one’s emotions. Each individual reacts and processes their own thoughts according to their own self-concept. 2

In the Philippines, music does not only serve as an entertainment but an effective portrayal of reality. Along with the trend of colonialism, Western influences such as rock and roll, hip-hop and pop music revolutionize Philippine music (Devilles, 2008). Rap music can give people entertainment and also tell a story in someone’s life. Rapping is distinct from spoken word poetry in that it is performed in time to a beat. Rapping can be delivered over a beat or without accompaniment. Rap occupies a gray area among speech, prose, poetry, and song. The use of the word to describe quick speech or repartee long predates the musical form, meaning originally "to hit". According to McArthur (1998), the rappers talk rapidly, rhythmically, vividly, and boastfully,...
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