Hip-hop and rap music has become a more and more popular genre of music. It has been my most favorite genre of music for many years. With such popular artists having such control and influence over America’s youth, it is easy to understand why so many people have problems with hip-hop and rap music. It is often said that rap and hip-hop music is misogynistic and praises violence. Also, it is argued that this genre of music deepens generalizations and stereotypes about the African-American community. Just how Tom Bissell describes his love for videogames in the essay titled Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, as “an extra life” I too have a passion for hip-hop music and use it as an outlet from the real word (Bissell, 352). My own view is that hip-hop and rap music is beneficial to America’s youth because it breaks down cultural divides by using music as a way to unify all cultures. Hip-hop music is a music genre that consists of a stylized rhythm that commonly is paired with rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It has a strong beat and often has witty lyrics that depict an implicit meaning. Hip-hop and rap are part of an entirely larger culture. Listening to this music gives me a way to escape from my current stresses and just relax, even if it’s only for the duration of one song. Due to the creativity of the song lyrics, it allows for different interpretations, an aspect that I enjoy. Discovering these different meanings is just another reason as to why I am such a huge proponent of this genre of music. The reasons that I enjoy hip-hop music go far beyond the fact that I enjoy how it sounds and the lyrics. Tricia Rose, a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University speaks about hip-hop and how she believes it is in a crisis. In Rose’s book, The Hip-Hop Wars, she discusses the negative influence of hip-hop on youth. She mainly focuses on whether or not hip-hop causes violence and if...
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Rose, Tricia. The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk about When We Talk about Hip Hop--and Why It Matters. New York: Basic Civitas, 2008. Print.
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