Hip Hop and Today's Culture Essay

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Hip Hop Culture: Popular Trends for Teenagers during the 21st Century

Hip hop music consist of a DJ mixing rhythmic passages of albums on a turntable while a rapper raps over the beats. Hip hop is a culture by itself, equipped with its own language, lyrical style, visual art, dance moves and look. Fashion and music has a relationship based on a person's musical style. The Grateful Dead and the hippies in the 60s, disco in the 70s and Madonna in the 80s are all examples of creative relationships in the past. Hip hop culture has a major effect on teenage trends in the 21st century.

Teenage fashion has been influenced by hip hop in numerous ways. Rappers and R&B artist dress head to toe in designer name brands that support
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Three-quarters of all hardcore rap albums were sold to white consumers in 1994. Hip hop and rap music impact different races and ethnic groups. More teens have adopted the style and trends of hip-hop artists and its adherents.

Art has been affected by hip hop by creating a new way of expressing feelings and surroundings. Graffiti is known as the art of hip hop, consisting of brilliant colored block letters and usually spray painted onto concert walls. Writing or drawing that is scribbled, scratched, or sprayed onto a surface is a way of art of the 21st century. Kevin Harp describes graffiti as, "Our own art, it's one of a kind." Graffiti is different from any other standard way of art because the artists seek to become masters of handwriting. Graffiti might sound like vandalism but it is not. It is an art form produced by inner city kids communicating themselves visually. People who practice this art form as called "writers" and "Graffitist. Hip hop has truly changed art by teaching teenagers to express themselves in there own discrete way.

Teenage dancing and the social environment advanced to commend hip hop culture. Breakin', commonly know as break dancing, is usually found in hip hop videos and clubs. Breakin' moves are demonstrated in aerobics and other exercises that refine the body. Professionals and participates are called, "B-boys," "B-girls" or "breakers." Deejayin', the study of music production and radio broadcasting, is apart of the

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