Essay on The Role Of Gang Relations On Hip Hop

1565 Words May 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Flashing lights, money, and fame, for many hip hop artists these are just normal aspects of life that they experience every day. 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”). Involvement of gang affiliation within popular rap displays the significance crime played in hip hop, and it also shows us why expansion was needed if hip hop ever wanted to ascend to the level that it could. Kanye West catalyzed a change in the hip hop industry by making his music relatable to anyone by using emotion; he also introduced the aspect of religion to hip…

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