Rap & Hip Hop Essay

1913 Words Dec 24th, 2012 8 Pages
Hip-hop culture is everywhere. The culture, which encompasses rapping, deejaying, break-dancing and graffiti-writing, has become so popular that it has entered mainstream fashion

and modern language.

It doesn't stop there. The culture permeates everything from TV commercials to toys to video

games. Currently, there is even a hip-hop exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. You name it,

and hip hop is there representing.

However, hip hop's most potent form is its rap music--embraced by urban Blacks and suburban

Whites alike. It is raw self-expression that sometimes features profane lyrics, misogyny and


The music, along with rap videos that often present a disturbing mix of rap, hip-hop dance

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"Everything that came from me like that came out of ignorance. I hope to edit myself in the

future," he reportedly said during the event.

However, he asserted, "I don't believe any form of entertainment is harming our youth. It is up

to parents to raise their own children and teach them. Blaming entertainment is a scapegoat."

Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women, Inc., who

has been a strong critic of hip-hop culture for more than a decade, continues to cite its reported

negative influence over our youth.

"The glorification of pornography, wanton disregard for civil authority, misogynistic disrespect

for women and a penchant for violence are the unintended impact of hip-hop culture on today's

youth," the activist revealed. "I say unintended, because hip hop ... was intended to celebrate

the revival of the age-old rhymed recitations of life's problems and aspirations set to music.

"Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, some unscrupulous elements hijacked this influential

conduit to our youth and loaded it with the evil and debasing, hate-driven messages in the lyrics

we now know as gangsta rap. Hence the artistry of the rappers in the streets is used by the

gangstas in the suites to spread cultural garbage among our youth."

Hip-hop music mogul Russell Simmons, who dubs himself the "grandfather of hip hop," says the

culture has been helpful in allowing

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