Why We Do It / Tricia Rose: Hip Hop Wars

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Discussion Assignment 4
The introduction shows that there is something deeper in hip hop other than diamond chains, nice cars, nine millimeter hand guns, and gang signs. Hip hop has roots that most MC’’s feel has strayed over the years. Not only has it strayed but original hip hop is not as popular as it once was. Hip hop has become a culture, that open doors of different avenues of artistry. Hip hop has done so much into emphasizing the importance of art and movement that there is a number of people that will keep us reminded what hip hop really was. These lyrical stories about “ghettos” and dope selling has become something praised about instead of rejected. The term “hip-hop is dead” has been circulating through the industry for years now. Big name rappers have said they are the ones to revive it, but according to Tricia Rose, they themselves are the intruders. Violence in hip-hop became widely popular in the mid nineties. i think what Rose was trying to emphasize is that music cannot directly be linked to the actions of listeners. though she does not agree with the message that these lyrics portray, to say that they are solely responsible for the actions of youths or weak minded individual is premature and very unlikely. Crack, war against police, drug trade a automatic weapons are major themes in a lot of big named artist in the industry today. rap has reached the point that its poetic roots has become so obsolete that mediocre lyrics can be a main stream heavy rotated song. what she is trying to stress however is that this is not hip-hop. people generalize and cannot comprehend that there are different genres inside its own genre. there is more unique music behind the glamour but the attention is only toward the most thuggish, richest, arrogant rappers instead of the smart, lyrical, socially conscious rappers.

Another problem with hip hop is the miscommunication between lyrics and they are interpreted. some of these rappers have been oppressed and put...
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