Cultural Hijacking : The Commercialization Of The Hip Hop Genre

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Cultural Hijacking: The Commercialization of the Hip Hop Genre Ever since the formative years of the recorded music industry, Africana artists have played a major role in shaping some of the most influential music genres of the 20th century. Jazz, blues, and hip hop, to name a few, would not exist in the current state that they do today had it not been for all of the great artists who overcame racial intolerance and segregation through their art. Unfortunately, the period of social consciousness within musical entertainment has passed and an era of ignorance being spread through popular music has transpired in its place. This paper examines the commercialization of the hip hop genre in the late 1980s and 1990s to propose that the low standards set by the music industry on the content of the music that is deemed popular has a negative social and psychological impact on the people who consume it. When the recorded music and radio industries were developing in the 1920s, there was initially some animosity between them. The emergence of radio into the world made record companies distraught with the idea that consumers would stop purchasing vinyl records and phonograph players if they could now just listen to music for free. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) also had to adapt to the changing industry. The society, “which controlled the publishing rights to most sheet music, demanded that the radio stations pay royalties” (Squires, 2009, p. 147).…

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