Snoop Dogg's Influence On Hip Hop

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Flashing lights, money, and fame, for many hip hop artists these are just normal aspects of life that they experience everyday. In the 80’s and 90’s, most rappers achieved this level of stardom through gangster rap. “Gangsta rap” is known for being based off of gang relations, drugs, and sex, and because of this, many people couldn’t enjoy a very popular form of art. This form of hip hop was popular for its “edgy, noisy sound [, and] lyrically it was abrasive, as the rappers spun profane, gritty tales of urban crime” (“Gangsta”). The aggressiveness of this type of music not only made it unappealing, but also the aspects of crime made it hard for many to relate to, because only those who experienced these uncivilized actions being performed often would feel a connection with this music. An example of the influence gang relations had on hip hop can be drawn from arguably the best artist of this time period, Snoop Dogg, “Snoop was a member of the rollin’ 20 crips from long beach. It is said that he eventually gained O.G. status, which is why he named one of his albums The Blue Carpet Treatment.” (“Snoop Dogg”). Snoop Dogg’s involvement of his gang affiliation in his music displays the great influence of crime in …show more content…
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