Essay on Hip Hop Music

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Hip Hop Culture and its effects on today’s society Ebony Lee COM/220 Research Writing 12/14/2011 Jessica Bryan

Hip Hop music has influenced many things in American culture. According to a survey done in 2002-2011, many Americans believed that hip hop music promoted violence, demeaned women and condoned drug use. Although some people say that the lyrics in some hip hop music is violent and promote the wrong values, Hip hop “has positively affected” the way people think act and dress. In a recently taken survey, I found that many people
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The song came from a controversial group called N.W.A. The group was compiled of several members from Los Angeles California’s Compton. The song "Fuck Tha Police” containing N.W.A's trademark lyrics, were some of the most combative of the many songs on their CD called Straight Outta Compton. The song highlights many of the tensions between black urban youth and the police ("Fuck Tha Police," 12 December 2011). The song displayed anger and widespread resentment toward the LAPD. That anger that later boiled over in the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King incident. Rodney king was a man that was beaten by LAPD and was taped. The song also alleged that Blacks in the police department were in a huge way worse than the white’s officers. With lyrics like: “But don't let it be a black and a white one Cause they'll slam ya down to the street top Black police showing off for the white cop.” This song gives people the impression that this is what rap music is about. These rappers used their celebrity status to influence people that the police were corrupt. It was not the only factor, but it contributed in a situation that affected lots of lives. For this reason I can see why people feel that way that they do about hip hop music. After all of that violence died down there came two new age rappers by the name of Christopher Wallace AKA Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Both very big figures in the hip hop

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