Argumentative Essay On Hip Hop Culture

2006 Words 9 Pages
It’s the holiday season. A time full of joy, music, post-cookie guilt, and uncomfortable family gatherings. In 2016, the strategy to simply avoid all political talk at the dinner table was effective. But increasingly over the last 10 years, it’s been impossible to ignore the impact of United States President Donald Trump.
This week, we’re opening a time capsule here at The Source Magazine—an examination of Donald Trump’s rise to one of the most coveted positions in global politics. In 2015, when Trump announced his campaign for presidency of the United States, a large portion of the population believed it to be a farce or publicity stunt. As his speeches became more and more animated and increasingly demeaning toward all groups of people that weren’t white males, the entire election season was becoming a reality television show. Donald Trump was a caricature of himself. His presidency was an impossibility when he called Mexican immigrants “rapists,” and again when he
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In its early days, hip-hop culture arose from the ruins of the Bronx, a neighborhood of New York City. Its roots pay homage to genres like blues and jazz, yet it has a style all its own. Despite its conscientious intentions, somewhere in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, hip-hop seemed to have lost its vision. It had morphed into an outward expression of materialism, and artists committed to expressing inequalities and significant issues slipped into the background. A listener to any American Top 40’s radio station in 2016 was hard-pressed to hear a hip-hop piece without mention of a Lamborghini or bankrolls. Most chart-toppers didn’t address relevant issues, but created distance between the prosperous hip-hop artist and the Average Joe. Even some of hip-hop’s most prominent names, like Questlove, were searching for relevance in the seeming endless egocentrism that was mainstream

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