Essay about Rapper. Lee 's Music And Freedom

1463 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Yale Lash
Dr. Josh Moon
SEMN 105 Music and Freedom
22 November 2016
Eminem: The Doors He Opened and The Doors Which Still Remain Closed Turn on the radio in 1990 and you will not hear a song by N.W.A., Ice Cube, or Snoop Dogg playing as the number one song in America, no, that title belonged to white rapper Vanilla Ice with his hit single “Ice, Ice Baby.” White rap artists, such as Vanilla Ice or the Beastie Boys, contributed a lot to rap during the late-1980s and 1990s, but that all changed in 1995 when Vanilla Ice was the subject of a music scandal that destroyed the reputation of the then current White rappers and seemed to destroy any White rapper’s ability to go mainstream again. This race barrier would be broken, however, by a skinny White kid who lived on the wrong side of 8 Mile. Marshall Mathers, also known as Eminem, came on to the scene and took the rap world by storm, destroying any stereotype that stood in his way. The popularity of hip-hop, which is a predominantly African American genre, is growing and has encouraged the discussion of how racial tension is still very present within the music industry. It also has shown that by working in an overwhelmingly African American niche, White rappers must constantly justify their popularity in the community and prove their ability in an industry that has evolved out of serving and entertaining impoverished, but especially African American communities. By being the first White rapper to justify his popularity and…

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