"Hip Hop" Essays and Research Papers

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Hip Hop vs. House

Compare and Contrast The Sounds of Life House and Hip Hop, are two very similar genres of music. However, no matter how similar these two types of music sound, they are still very different. Hip Hop and House music are two very popular kinds of music today. Some Hip Hop artists that you might be familiar with are MosDef, The Roots, De La Soul, Jurassic 5. Some House music artists are Mark Farina, Chemical Brothers, Inland Knights, JT Donaldson and Deadmau5. All of these artists and groups ...

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Hip Hop Nationalism

Place Hip hop is a form of art that has been popular for the past twenty years. Although people in recent years often mistake rap music as vulgar and ill-mannered, the hip hop community continues to provide a great way to channel emotion and soul into their music. In his article, “The State of Rap: Time and Place” Jeffrey Louis Decker illustrates the black nationalism within the hip hop community by exploring how Black Nationalism can be accounted for within the hip hop music. Before hip hop was...

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Hip Hop and the Crack Epidemic

devastating effects for black and Latino Americans. As crack cocaine was becoming a grim and rising epidemic, hip hop was evolving alongside it. It was in the 1980s that crack cocaine and hip hop became the two leading fundamentals of urban street culture. It is not suggested that hip hop caused the crack epidemic, or vice versa. But, it can be argued that both fed off each other, particularly hip hop off the crack culture itself. Crack cocaine quickly gained popularity among users in the 1980s due to...

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Politics and Hip-Hop

of the poor and the need to over-through the oppressors. The 1980’s brought the newest development in social and political music, the emergence of hip-hop and rap. This urban musical art form that was developed in New York City has now taken over the mainstream, but originated as an empowering art form for urban youth and emerging working class. Hip-Hop is a highly influential gem that inspired numerous rappers to address social and political subjects. In today’s time, even though gangster rap is...

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hip hop music

By Ronald Roach As a cultural movement, hip-hop manages to get billed as both a positive and negative influence on young people, especially on Black and Latino youth. On one hand, there are African American activists, artists and entrepreneurs, such as Russell Simmons, who seek to build a progressive political movement among young hip-hop fans and who have had modest success with voter registration efforts. On the other hand, there’s no shortage of critics who denounce the negative portrayals...

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Roots of Hip Hop

Tradition”   Hip-Hop as well as many other artistic cultural forms we practice today can be related back to African culture and various traditions. Author of The Roots and Stylistic Foundations of the Rap Music and Tradition, Cheryl Keyes, discuss’ the spirit, style, tradition, emotions, culture and the delivery of music. Keyes says that many of these practices can be traced back to the West Afrikan Bardic Tradition in particular. When asking many old-school, and culturally involved hip-hop artists about...

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Hip Hop Degrade Women

Some believe that the Hip Hop industry manipulates the young minds of our new generation against women, do you? Back when Hip-Hop began, it was originally meant to send a message of unity. Doug E Fresh quoted "Hip-Hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change." Old-School Hip-Hop was about storytelling and poetry as well, where you're from and telling your story in a good manner. Unfortunately Hip-Hop will never be the same as it was in the 90's...

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The Hip-Hop Defense

The Hip Hop Defense Everyone has an opinion about the influence of hip--hop music on our nations youth. Many people, such as politicians and the ultra conservative, feel the influence is destructive and incites violent behavior. Some people, for instance the media, believe hip- hop glamorizes inappropriate behaviors and actions while promoting the demoralization of women in general, but more specifically black women. Few people are willing to speak out and defend hip-hop music as communicative...

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Hip Hop and Black Women

genres arising from the contemporary music scene , hip-hop has maintained it's leading popularity. In Jennifer McLune'sHip-Hop's Betrayal of Black Women”, Hip-Hop is portrayed as a negative contender in the advocacy of female activism. Through the argument in this article, it can be understood that hip-Hop music more often that not, degrades women and what it means to be female. Any person who has taken time to listen to more than one Hip-Hop, or rap song, has bore witness to the disrespect it...

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Tattoos and Hip-Hop (Sociology)

Hip-hop music and tattoos are important to many teenagers of society today because these are forms of self expression. Although, these forms of expression, along with any form of expression, convey positive and negative message because as people, we have positive and negative emotions. Why are these forms of expression so popular in teens? And why is it mostly teens?We should pay close attention to the negative effects of these cultural trends because it shapes the the people of today, the future...

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