Similarities Between Minstrelsy And Hip Hop Music

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In chapter 2, Starr and Waterman write that not all records sold were musical records. For example, comic monologues or literal laughing records. However, I didn’t find the Okeh laughing record funny, I was not present during the event. Therefore, I don’t know the situation, speaking only for myself when it comes to my humor a good portion is definitely visual. What I mean by that is the man could have been making silly faces at the audience, and that could have triggered the giggles for me certain mannerisms in specific situations are humorous. Now do I think its possible for something other then a music recording to become a bestseller again? Yes. Audio books are essential to a certain group of people mainly out of convenience. Reading is …show more content…
One difference is the advertisement, a lot of the posters for minstrelsy had very pernicious pictures depicting ignorant African Americans for entertainment. Which during the time it wasn’t viewed so much as racial, but comical. In hip-hop there’s more freedom of expression and power in what is being said. So the advertisement for any hip hop artist now focuses on more of the positive change, that they can influence. One of the similarities of minstrelsy and hip hop is the marginalized attitudes that it influenced. Regardless of the attitudes positive outlook, or negative a certain opinion was made on each subject. Minstrelsy started out as a form of entertainment, which quickly turned into a lucrative business. Leading people to have mixed feelings as the world evolved so did the attitudes towards it. Racially it was oppressing to African American people to be represented, an imitated in the image of what the world thought they were. Hip hop now carries that same negative image the difference is the attitude behind it, it is the voice of those African American people. Their side of the story, their opinions, beliefs, goals, and dreams. The message they want to share with the world, creating a genre in a lucrative …show more content…
In the twentieth and early twenty-first century there has been so much progress from the early minstrelsy days to now. Although racial politics is still a very sensitive subject, exceptions come in the form of the performing arts such as music, acting, art, or dancing. In a world that seems to be only represented by false media, biased opinions, one sided stories, many differences, or indifferences. There is hope, understanding, facts, education, and plenty of people willing to push for change. One demographic of people that go against the grain of societies views, that marginalization is the change. Relating to a person shouldn’t be viewed as racially appropriated. Although it is, so we have white rappers, singers, and hip hop dancers that have been influenced by African Americans dialect, stories, history, culture, creating their own space to identify who they are regardless of

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