Hip Hop Masculinity

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Hip Hop is said to have evolved from R&B ,but history shows that hip hop stems as far back as the 1940’s. However, in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s , Hip Hop made a shift as MC and DJ groups such as RUN-D.M.C and Public Enemy began to form. With the use of turntables and monumental word flow , the lyrical essence of Hip Hop captured hearts. During the rise of Hip Hop, the infectious tunes soon became a source of “good vibes” and freedom of expression through a form of lyrical nourishment as shown in AfrikkaBambataa’s “Planet Rock” and Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” ; correspondingly, albums like NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” shifted Hip Hop to a more aggressive tone .Rappers in hip hop have created a false representation of masculinity by promoting a flawed understanding on power,strength,and virility.
“Gangsta”rappers in Hip Hop create a false representation of power through music videos to show dominance over women by depicting them in little to no clothing. The
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When Gangsta rap music emerged in the 1980’s , with lyrics that promoted violence towards others rap music sales escalated in sales ,and became highly anticipated because of mesmerizing word flow and tactical techniques of major rap groups ; however with the use of violent lyrics in rap music it can have a profound effect on how listeners think and act. Those who are more at risk are teenage minds. The minds of teenagers are still in the development stage which means that their minds are easily influenced. The use of violence in rap music can be misinterpreted as strength by young developing minds.In the hit song “straight outta compton” by N.W.A throughout the rap song the use of gun violence is mentioned numerous times. Songs similar to “straight outta compton”appeals to the young teenagers because it attracts this notion that with the use of violence strength is

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