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    "Today it's a lot easier to get into the rap game but, back then in '94, it was a lot harder," Nas says when describing his journey to success which began with his first feature on Main Source's "Live At The Bbq," followed by the release of his classic debut album, Illmatic, released 20 years ago. Discussing the impact that Illmatic had in hip hop, Rose asks the emcee if he felt that his presence changed hip hop to which he replied, "Yes. Yes I did and it was my point to. I was a new voice and being a new voice, automatically it was beyond my control." Speaking on his influences coming up Nas states, "I've influenced a few artists for sure and I've been influenced by a lot of artists as well... Slick Rick, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra. It's a wide list."…

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    Hip Hop Influence

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    Being the most popular and controversial genre & topic across the world, hip-hop sums up the problems in today’s society whether it’s dealing with teen rebellion, African-Americans interaction with police officers, poverty, or even injustice. Hip-Hop is the voice of the people in an assertive way, it has positive influences as well as some negatives. However the negative Influences of Gang Violence and The Encouraging of Unprincipled Behavior can be solved by Community leaders mentoring the…

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    What is hip hop? Hip Hop is a style of popular music of United States African American and Hispanic origin, featuring rap with an electronic backing. Hip hop music in 2018 is still very popular in the United States by both men and women and diverse cultures. In the article “Fly-Girls, Bitches and Hoes” by Joan Morgan she quotes rap lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G.’s platinum album “Ready to Die”, scenarios and statistics relating to black on black crime and her mother’s words of wisdom to…

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    Capital Steez was a young New York rapper that took the classic rap scene by storm with his incredible word play, his use of irony, and his critic of the injustices in America. Capital Steez took his own life on December 23, 2012 at the age of 19. He dedicated his life to shedding light on injustices in America and bringing rap back to its roots where there was meaning behind every line. Steez wanted to not only change the genre, but also the effect of rap on the community and the negative…

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    Rap Industry Essay

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    Rap industry has gained huge recognition with fans over the years. According to Bradley “Rap is now the most widely disseminated poetry in the history of the world” (Bradley, xiii). Rappers have built up their following from adults to young kids that enjoy listening to rap music. The audiences are the ones who spend money on the artist, accordingly, buying their music, attending concerts, or buying merchandise. Now a day, an artist can be asked to represent a company, either in the fashion…

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    Nyck Caution and Kirk Knight use rhetorical devices throughout their song Audiopium. This song was written to honor one of their friends and fellow rappers, Capital Steez, that took his life on December 23, 2012 at the age of 19. This young rapper was taking the classic rap scene by storm with his incredible word play, his use of irony, and his critic of the injustices in America. Capital Steez had dedicated his career to shedding light on what is wrong in our country. He wanted to bring rap…

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    Music’s Forbidden Fruit “I know my God, I know my God seen His breaks and His edges are jagged for giving that pain to His city in gold,” says Noname in Chance the Rapper’s song “Finish Line/Drown.” Religion has been one of the most popular conversations since the beginning of time; whether you are religious or not, the question of how we came to be has crossed your mind. What is religion? It is defined as the belief in a god or gods, but does it mean something different to you? If you think…

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    Roy was very insecure about his body so he changed how he ate in order to get the body he wanted. Roy tried to change his body to what society wants and what major companies expect. Major companies put the idea of change is the only way to live life to its fullest. In the documentaries Jean Kilbourne’s Killing US Softly 4, Miss Representation, Byron Hurt Hip-Hop beyond Beat & Rhymes. We see how hyper masculinity and hyper femininity is shaping out society. Big Companies will do any thing to…

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    To be or not to be poetry or hip-hop. Poetry and hip-hop an ongoing debate on whether or not they are compatible or completely irrelevant. What is poetry? Poetry is the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. Hip hop a musical style that express feelings and ideas with the use of beats and rhythm. Hip hop and poetry share a mutual characteristic RHYTHM. Rhythm in music as well as poetry give the lyrics style and emotion to inspire the listeners. Although in…

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    Semiotics In Rap Culture

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    Semiotics is the use of signs and symbols as a way in which to communicate the meaning of the world to people. In a world full of semiotics, people are often unaware of the messages they are being fed. As humans, we automatically perform semiotic analysis on a daily basis without being aware of it. Are semiotics present in modern day rap and hip-hop? Yes! Typically, society develops meanings for certain signs as a way to tell individuals how to or to not act. It is through these signifiers in…

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