Hip Hop Music In Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It?

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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).
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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 turntable and played two songs at the same time (Blanchard). This made a hip hop like beat, which was then rhymed over. The rhyming began as a commentary for the DJ, they overlapped the beat and continued until the end of the song to introduce the next song. The words on the song emerged from storytelling traditions, into their own personal experiences and stories (Gianoulis, 2002). Hip hop became popular in big cities with a lot of African-Americans, specifically Manhattan area, and Los Angeles. It spread from the bigger cities to the smaller cities surrounding until it became a nationally known genre. The main cause of its spreading were thanks to two of the first hip hop groups, Sugar Hill Gang and their song Rapper’s Delight, and Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five (Szatmary, …show more content…
Its often criticized for its very strange slang that is almost impossible for outside cultures to understand (Gianoulis, 2002). Starting with the artwork known as “graffiti”, it was a way for local gangs to mark their territory. It evolved into a form of art and was eventually recognized as actual artwork (Szatmary, 1987). Hip hop has brought on some strange ways of fashion. Its followers included B-boy, which focused on the music trends and fly-boys, who focused on dance trends (Szatmary, 1987). The styles varied throughout the years. Some were content dressing in athletic clothes. Artists would wear the strangest things such as, multicolored jackets, fur coats, designer jeans, moniker belts, oversized clothes. The woman always dressed provocatively (Szatmary, 1987). Eventually, materialism took over and artists started using designer labels to create a privileged image and status to followers (Szatmary, 1987). Artists would wear designer brands such as Nike, Air Jordan, Timberland, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Versace (Szatmary, 1987). One of the more popular brands for example was Ralph Lauren. During the 90’s, hip hop followers would sew Ralph Lauren garment labels on apparel that wasn’t made by Ralph Lauren (Szatmary, 1987). The way hip hop and its followers were dressing made it difficult for some brands to remain relevant. They tried cross-marketing strategies such as having a hip hop celebrity

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