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  • The Argumentative Essay: The Role Of Violence In Hip Hop Music

    Hip hop music has helped to culturally mold an entire generation. Although it started in the late 1970s with roots in rock & roll, reggae, jazz, blues, and funk, people still feel its effects to this day. Nearing its 4th decade, its rhythmic influence has spanned nearly the entire globe. However, the spell that it has placed on the masses over the years has not always had the best of outcomes. It is true that many artists have used the platform of the genre to profess violence, among other things. Personally, I think that the feedback on hip-hop is entirely dependent on the critic themselves—that is, whether or not they truly understand the genre and its constituents. As I said, the genre has its roots in many different types of music. These “progenitor” genres all culminated in hip-hops birth as a result of the environment of 1970s New York City. Although it is arguable when and where exactly hip-hop originated, one name is consistently in rotation during these inquisitions: Clive Campbell, or “DJ Kool Herc”. A Jamaican-born resident of The Bronx, New York City, Campbell rose above his increasingly violent and lawless surroundings and gave the world what would become known as hip-hop. "For over five years the Bronx had lived in constant terror of street gangs. Suddenly, in 1975, they disappeared almost as quickly as they had arrived. This happened because something better came along to replace the gangs. That something was eventually called hip-hop." (Steven Hager, The…

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  • The Significance Of Hip Hop And The Cold War

    Hip Hop Music Mirrors All Urban Society From 1950 to the late 1980’s, social conflicts all over the world encouraged the success of Hip Hop due its ability to mirror the negative and positive aspects of society, and in doing this, the concept of Hip Hop’s real lyrics were very easily translated and adopted overseas. To understand Hip Hop’s ability to migrate around the world, it must be understood what Hip Hop was created out of. First, American Urban society, from the Civil Rights Era until…

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  • Music And Self Identity

    Music 050 – Final Paper I am going to explore the issue of identity within producing music through ethnographic research with the Collctve. Specifically, how an artist syndicates his or her own taste with today 's popular culture to produce and play music and how this relates to “selling out.” Before delving into the complexities associated with the music industry, it is important to define the terms “identity” and “selling out.” These interpretations will set the foundation for the discussion.…

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  • Hip-Hop Music In The 1960's In Phildelphia

    Hip Hop music is a language that references the cultural and technical events prevalent in society. As sited in the lecture, "hip hop music has a diverse and colorful history"with stem in "graffiti",b-boying,djing, and mc 'ing . This essay will explore the four elements of hip hop in depth. Graffiti immerged in the early 1960 's in Phildelphia (lecture notes). To graffiti was to express yourself through art on anything around the city. Next is B-Boying or break dancing, which came along shortly…

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  • Similarities Between Chief Keef And Famous Dex

    Chief Keef and Famous Dex: An in Depth Comparison Chief Keef and Famous Dex are both popular, hip-hop recording artists who share many of the same qualities in music and style. The two musicians also share similar backgrounds, but have differences in music style. Keith Cozart, otherwise known as Chief Keef, is a famous dread-headed recording artist and rapper. In fact, he blew up from his hit song “Don’t Like”, and also gained his stardom at only the age of fifteen. On the other hand, being…

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  • James Brown Case Study

    Case Study of a DJ: James Brown By Alvin Wilson Funky Drummer: There is a section where James Brown, the drummer and the sax come together in a beautiful and interesting manner. This portion of the song is from 3:38-3:56. It has that infectious riff. This portion when looped to create a chorus would surely get the crowd going incessantly. The beginning of the track which had the drummer hitting the rims (rim shot) with the electric guitar intro and the organ joining in later would make for a…

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  • Mary Louise Pratt Summary

    Mary Louise Pratt is a famous Silver Professor, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Language Instructor at the prestigious New York University. She holds a B.A in Modern Languages from the University of Toronto; she attended the University of Illinois for her M.A in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. Mary Louise Pratt introduced the idea of contact zones with the point of admiring the different aspects that exist within a society. By definition, the term…

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  • A Rhetoric Analysis Of The Movie 'Tommy The Clown'

    In the movie Rize, an escalation of positive impact to a battle of two distinct styles of dancing, takes over the inner city of Los Angeles known as Watts. “Tommy the Clown” implements a company, and later a style known as “clowning.” that is taken up by adults and children of all ages, backgrounds, and physical statuses within the community. Based on an analysis of such a plot, the title “Rize” could be inferred to rhetorically describe the movement that this ‘clown’ began, “rising” from a solo…

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  • Waka Flaka Flame Performance Analysis

    guitarists and a drummer. Hype men, people who are on stage to give extra presence to the performance, also adorned them. The second song on the other hand took me by surprise. Predominately African American men made up the group and the second song felt like more of a mash up between rock and hip-hop. The beat was rock but the lyrics that accompanied the music spoke about their upbringings and who they were, a main characteristic within hip-hop music. The main rapper of the group took on the…

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  • The Negative Influence Of Hip Hop

    The controversy of Hip Hop’s negative influence has been a constant discussion over the decades since its inception. As both a music genre and a cultural movement, the reach of Hip is unprecedented, but this exposure has come to form a negative public image of the genre in the public conscious. Whenever an instance of gang violence, police shooting, or riot occurs, Hip Hop is quick to be blamed. But is Hip Hop misunderstood, and misrepresented by those? And does Hip Hop truly inspire its…

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