“Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It's a platform where we could offer information, but it's also an escape.”- Busta Rhymes (Hip Hop Quotes) Hip hop does contain a largely negative influence into the American society by black men getting into violence, assaulting black women physically and concerning about their education, their employment and their incarceration. The hip hop music influence young black men to get into violence with other black men, in order, to show who is more masculine than the other one. Also, they rap songs that they come up with on the spot and have competition against one another. In the documentary by Byron Hurt, “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes”, Byron Hurt shows us a bunch of young Black men rapping about violence and have a small competition between them. When Hurt asked them why they only rap about violence, they answered, because people are only interested in violence, such as guns and weapons, but not, about their daily lives, their love life and other good things. (Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes) The hip hop music also influences young black men to kill each other and have a beef between them, to show who the boss here is. Long time ago, when the famous rapper, Tupac, was alive, he had a beef with the Notorious B.I.G. They both were quite close, but one day, when Tupac got shot at a New York recording studio, the Notorious B.I.G. and P. Diddy were present there. (RappingManual) Tupac had suspicious on the Notorious B.I.G. and then, they started their beef. He thought that Biggie planned to kill him in order to eliminate him and claimed to be the most famous rappers in the United States. Tupac tried all his best to destroy the Notorious B.I.G.’s career, but Biggie was silence the whole time in this beef. (RappingManual) In the documentary of Byron Hurt’s, he says that “the homicide is the leading cause of death for Black men aged of...
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Tricia Rose, The Hip Hop Wars. 2009, (N.Y.: Basic Civitas, 2009) Preface
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