Throughout Generations Hip-hop is a genre that has greatly influenced generations and has been used to inspire, motivate, and promote. Although the flirt thought of hip-hop is hip-hop music, it has involved into a sense of hip-hop culture. There are different categories of hip-hop such as music, dancing, style, and art. These days, hip-hop is expressed in many different ways. Because of its popularity, hip-hop can be used to shine light on important topics.
Some of the popular hip-hop artists use it to help promote national crisis, positive social change, and education. However, there are some negativity towards hip-hop that may effect its image, but nevertheless, has inspired generations upon generations. The orally of hip-hop dates back to ancient African tribal rhythms and music, which traveled to America through slavery. The tribal chants would be known as would be known by African-American youths on streets and block parties.
Busy Bee Stark, DC Hollywood, and DC Africa Bumboat are three New York artists who have been credited for creating the term “hip-hop”. (Reese). Rap music can be traced back to the Bronx in the asses where rap music was used by black youth to express homeless, along with graffiti, breakfasting, and style. Not only is hip-hop focused in the music industry. There have been styles of art such as graffiti, which was explored on alley streets and urban areas. Graffiti was another form of expression through a more imagery sense. Different styles of dancing were expressed through hip-hop music.
Breakfasting was one of the most popular, which went into different styles of breakneck such as, Popping, Locking, Old School, Nu School, House, Grumping, House, and T. U. R. F. Dancing. All these styles would be a competitive hobby thin urban areas. Hip-hop has encouraged political activism within its community on particular issues. As more and more young people are influenced by hip-hop, as they become the age to vote, there have been artists that encouraged them to “get out there and vote” and becoming more involved in politics because it is their future that is being affected.
When ‘Public Enemy hit in 1989, they focused a lot of issues that were urgent, from ethnic studies to racism in education to affirmative action to college admissions. (Woods). In 2004, a hip-hop group known as Slam Bush was a group of artists who started an organization called the Slam Bush project in order to raise awareness on the opposition of President Bush in his re-election year. This project raised an 11% raise in voting amongst young adults. (Woods).
Another artist, John Legend, is also known as a humanitarian and has been traveling around to different colleges, talking to students about the importance of political involvement. He has also been named to the board of Teach for America, a group that promotes professionals giving back by teaching in urban schools. (Hart). John Legend has won ix Grammar Awards and named one of the “100 most influential people” by TIME magazine. He had also launched a “Show Me Campaign”, which works to break the cycle of poverty and fighting for quality education. Hart) The criticism towards hip-hop has been that it glossaries sex, drugs, and violence. Yes, a lot of black artists have been known for their specific vulgarity in the hip-hop industry. But there will always been vulgarity in any popular culture. Artists such as Ill Wayne is known for glorifying gangs, disrespecting woman, and associate self worth with material possessions in his music. He has even disrespected black women n his songs and turns his focus onto light skinned women. (Henderson).
Ill Wayne even goes on to say that “light skinned women make babies with good hair. ” Which has upset many proud black people. (Henderson). When it comes to the hip-hop scene now compared to the hip-hop scene in the asses, music these days are more shined on materialistic necessities and being superficial. The popular black artists these days such as Ill Wayne, Drake, Wiz Kalmia, and Kenya West, their music revolve around what’s popular in the media, such as sex, M)LO”, which stands for Mimi Only Live Once”, has spread all throughout the youth.