Hip Hop 's Negative Influence Essay

2441 Words Nov 30th, 2016 10 Pages
The controversy of Hip Hop’s negative influence has been a constant discussion over the decades since its inception. As both a music genre and a cultural movement, the reach of Hip is unprecedented, but this exposure has come to form a negative public image of the genre in the public conscious. Whenever an instance of gang violence, police shooting, or riot occurs, Hip Hop is quick to be blamed. But is Hip Hop misunderstood, and misrepresented by those? And does Hip Hop truly inspire its listeners to engage in the negative behavior its songs boast about?
In finding an answer to these questions, one must first understand the early history of Hip Hop, and from where it started from. The birthplace of Hip Hop can be found in The Bronx in New York, where, in the 1970s, was in the midst of being affected by urban decay due to ‘white flight.’ White flight is a term used to describe the migration of White middle-class families leaving an area, generally due to either poor living conditions, as was common in the earlier history of America, or due to a fear of the increasing number of minorities in their neighborhood, with the minorities in this case being African-Americans. The Bronx was a subject of both of these, and quickly became an African-American dominant area after the economic decline of New York starting in the 1970s. Urban decay became rampant in The Bronx, with gang violence, arson, graffiti, and ‘Black-on-Black’ crime quickly increasing beyond New York’s control. The…

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