Race-Response Paper 2
October 22, 2013
Race in Hip Hop
It is a common belief that hip hop has served as the medium for healing racial tension in the 21st century. Although the hip hop industry has seen a subtle wave of successful white American rappers over the past couple of decades, this is not enough to suggest a racial merge in the predominately black American world of hip hop. White Americans are not typically welcomed into the hip hop community. The few white American rappers that have made it big in the hip hop industry must be viewed as exceptions to the idea that the rap community is solely interested in the creative narratives of African Americans.
Over the past few decades, its very clear that the stereotypical hip hop artist is an African American male who speaks about violence and how he went threw the struggles of growing up in a poor community. But that does not always have to be the case. For example, Eminem is a white rapper from the trailer park homes of Detroit. Although he is not African American, he still used his pain of growing up in a lower class community with a very poor relationship with his single parent mother.
The rap industry is a primarily black american industry. There is no law that says white rappers are prohibited in our society, but generally speaking; the rap industry is powered by black american individuals. The rap industry has grown so tremendously over the passed years that this one time primarily one time predominately black american ran industry has now expanded. The industry is now global and world wide, with artists touring in all different cities and countries. Now that the industry is globalized, there are many other races and ethic groups showing interest into this industry of hip hop and rap music. This day in age there are many more white americans as well as other races that are trying to make it and make a name for themselves in this high powered hip hop industry....
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