Hip Hop Racial Relationships

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The question whether hip-hop music has either improved or injured racial relationships is in itself truthful yet deceitful in both its positive and negative connotations. In recent years, there has been contention about rap music and its effect to racial associations. It appears that political and media groups are placing blame on hip-hop for the current witnessed increase in violence amongst the youth. This is based on the rivalry between the East Coast and West Coast regions where rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur were murdered. Examples of such incidents are recent school shootings in Townville Elementary School, South Carolina. In as much as critics blame the violent message conveyed through hip-hop music, they are leaving out …show more content…
Before commercialization, music DJs, programmers, and owners were able to direct their stations in a manner that catered to the needs of their fans -- young, urban, African-American elite. They had the ability to rally local events as well as address concerns and issues in the community. However, with the purchase of local stations by consolidated power from corporations ran by businesspeople who were not from the community, these radio stations had to exit the market. African-American DJs, programmers, and owners were thus deprived of their power to foster race relations in the community.
Comparably, with the ‘unearthing’ of hip-hop new talent by record labels ran by corporations, the true fiber of hip-hop music was stolen from its original source. Later, Hip-hop was rebranded by profit-minded people who were trying to create a greater niche for the music by removing hip-hop’s initial function through marketing gimmicks like Top-100 charts and music videos. By the 1980s, there was a transformation in hip-hop music to a business making it a pricey commodity. This hip-hop commodification stripped it its resistance
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This is regardless of the blame attributed to hip-hop for the existence of violence and social rot. To comprehend the various aspects of hip-hop, it is imperative to view it as the result of an assortment of political, economic, and historic situations as well as to learn the purpose that it serves. It is a means of venting for those enslaved by economic, historic, and political dictatorship. To address misogyny, violence, and homophobia in hip-hop music effectively, the cause of the fault and mismatches in opportunities and resources for urban inferiorities must be addressed. Hip-hop music is a structure for challenging the systems of modern day slavery, which have brought to existence class disparities. Opportunities and resources should be given to the inner-city minority youth to stop the cycle of hostility and skepticism as well as to give them hope for the

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