Hip Hop's Influence On African American Culture

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There are millions and millions of songs in the world, these songs come after an event or a feeling that has an impact on the singer. These type of song creation was popular started during the slavery era. Hip-hop, originally created by African Americans has been around for many years. Not only do African Americans contribute to making Hip Hop music but other races as well. Hip Hop voices the issues that are currently happening to the African American community, such as death, racism, and police brutality. From Beyoncé singing about Black stereotypes to Macklemore, a white male, using his lyrics to stand with African Americans and crediting them. Hip Hop/Pop music has voiced the black oppressed community because they are a form of empowerment …show more content…
Society did not agree with the fact that, this black community of artists (singers), are causing no harm but just showing a expression through lyrics and images. People, mostly Caucasian, thought they were being attacked through her lyrics and especially with her Super Bowl outfit. Beyonce and her backup dancers were wearing outfits that looked very similar to the Black Panthers party, a controversial Civil Rights group that was against the government and all for self defence. Her music video for “Formation” also features her standing on top of a New Orleans cop car in the middle of the flood. This part of the video symbolizes Hurricane Katrina and how authorities did not aid the less fortunate during this situation. We also see how Fallon talks about how in the video there was a “graffiti wall with the words ‘stop shooting us’ . . . and a little boy dancing in front of the police riot squad” (Fallon). We see in the news of how protestors would put their hands up to show they are not going to do any harm, and how we have seen how people surrender themselves there is always a way they have been hurt. This is an action that many African American protestors have taken in order to show surrender. This part of the video is a strong image of black people as a whole. This shows a surrender, surrendering to all these deaths of their own race, they want to …show more content…
Macklemore empowers African Americans through his lyrics in ‘White Privilege II’ Gray says we can see how lyrics today can voice, African Americans issues they face in their daily lives. An article, written by Jacquelyn Gray, analyzes Macklemore’s lyrics in ‘White Privilege II’. Macklemore’s lyrics are providing his place in the situation the black community are facing, from innocent deaths, or discrimination against their race. Macklemore is showing that his empowerment through his words to African Americans, he knows the fact that society is listening to Hip Hop, trying to be apart of this community, but aren’t seeing the true meaning of the lyrics in the songs. This mean that every race besides African Americans that are consumers of Hip Hop music are not seeing the real issue, but pushing them aside and not standing with this very strong community.This leads to no one standing besides African Americans and not making the issue better but leading it to grow. In “White Privilege II,” “Macklemore weighs whether he should offer his voice to topics like racism or harassment or people who experience those things do the talking” (Gray). Macklemore is showing his perspective on the situation about how he views society and the black community, Macklemore is wondering if he should defend the white community since he is found to be

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