B-Rabbit, Tyler Hop, And Hip-Hop Culture

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When the hip-hop era started back in 1970s in Bronx, New York, it was arguably predominately for African Americans. Now days, hip-hop are becoming more universal with different types of ethnicities. We see different types of ethnicities with hip-hop culture of graffiti, break dancing, and rapping. For example, the film 8 Mile and Step Up is about B-Rabbit and Tyler Gage who are both white pursuing hip-hop cultures such as break dancing and rapping. Both B-Rabbit and Tyler had struggles such as witnessing violence or crimes and being poor. Furthermore, they don’t receive the credit they deserved just because they are white; however, they both work extremely hard to be recognized by the people around them. Although B-Rabbit and Tyler are both white, they both have proven in the films that white can also accomplish what the African Americans can do with hip-hop culture with similar backgrounds and overcoming stereotypes and racial bias. Once again, hip-hop culture started in New York, had …show more content…
They both don’t didn’t get the credit that they deserved throughout the film. I also believe that they both Tyler and Rabbit didn’t get the advantage in hip-hop culture just because they are white. According to our textbook, Dr. Sanchez claimed, “B-Rabbit is a white rapper who overcomes the odds against him which include poverty and lack of respect as a white rapper”, (Sanchez 49). With being said, Rabbit had to overcome everything to be considered a good rapper for an African American’s perspective. In one scene in 8 Mile, Rabbit had a rap battle with his co-workers. The co-workers were all African Americans and they looked at Rabbit like “who the hell are you” mentality but he surprised them all with this rapping ability. Another scene is when Rabbit beat every single African American rapper in the rap battle. He finally got the credit that he deserved and overcame stereotypes and racial

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