Essay about Compare and Contrast the Subcultures of Hip Hop and Punk

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Compare and Contrast of Subcultures: Hip Hop and Punk
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Compare and Contrast of Subcultures: Hip Hop and Punk
Differences in beliefs and values from what the “norm” considers the right way makes you a subculture, but what makes them unique are the instruments they use to make their voice heard. While most people have taken for granted their language, beliefs and values there are some who within their subculture use their music to escape forms of oppression and lack of freedom. Hip Hop and Punk are two large subcultures that are well known through out the world. There are many differences between Hip Hop and Punk and several contributing factors that shape these subcultures but ultimately each one’s existence
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According to Wikipedia (“Punk subculture” 2013) “Some punks are anti-fashion, arguing that punk should be defined by music or ideology.” One thing that is a common material interest amongst the subcultures are their instruments of making music, whether it’s the drums and guitars used by the punks or turn tables, amplifiers and speakers used by the hip hoppers these material objects are vital to their missions. The behavior amongst the hip hoppers and punks are quite similar, they are outspoken-being a voice denying the mistreatment of their people, refusing the norm and using their music to empower those oppressed or bring attention and light to the oppressors. Though they carry great intentions with their music negative aspects have been highlighted in each subculture. According to Wikipedia (“Hip hop,” 2013) “hip hop has mirrored the worst aspects of the mainstream (American) culture that it emerged from: materialism, sexism, and internalized racism, violence and antipathy towards intellectualism.” In reference to punk behavior (Punk rock, so what,” 1999) stated “Substance abuse has sometimes been a part of the punk scene, with the notable exception of the straight edge movement. Violence has also sometimes appeared in the punk subculture”. It is my belief that the negative actions of

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