Hip Hop Is Not Caused By Rap Music Essay

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Introduction “Gangsta rap made me do it” (Jackson, 2008). was a phrase mockingly used in hip hop mogul Ice Cube’s song “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It”. There has been much controversy surrounding the hip hop culture, in whether or not “gangsta rap”, or hip hop music is to blame for the youth’s violent lifestyles. Many political and media groups are quick to blame hip hop for the trending violence in youth (Blanchard). In Ice Cube’s song, he mocks the phrase quite often, and points out that the crazy stuff going on in the world is not caused by rap music.
While some blame hip hop for the violent youth, other supporters say hip hop provides a voice and sense of power to the poor youth who feel unheard and powerless (Gianoulis, 2002).
I believe Hip hop was a way to reflect the struggles of everyday life, poverty, crime, racism. It reflected social and political messages. Hip hop is more than just music, it is a culture and lifestyle that follows with it. Many trends and subcultures have come from hip hop music. Hip hop has its own slang, styles of dressing, artwork, dance styles, and often also manifest the entrepreneurial spirit.
Birth of Hip Hop Hip hop was considered to be created in South Bronx, New York, in 1973 by Kool DJ Herc. He performed in a basement for his sister’s birthday party. They often performed in basement parties (so hip hop started from the bottom then technically, right? Drake reference.), parks, community centers and streets (Blanchard). Herc used a…

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