Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It Analysis

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
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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,

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