The Influence Of Hip-Hop Music On African American Culture

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Music is universal and is influential throughout the entire world. Music has become more readily available to countless citizens that many people can not state that they haven’t listened to any form of music. According to Merriam- Webster’s Dictionary music is defined as “vocal, instrumental, mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony”. This definition confirms that music is apart of our daily lives and surrounds the universe constantly. Music is very diverse and caters to different aspects of human lives. Some genres of music that exist are Jazz, Indie Pop, Rock, Alternative and many more. The genre of music that this paper will focus on and analyze will be Hip-Hop/ Rap. This paper will analyze how Hip-Hop music provides a meaningful and powerful outlook on African American culture and society with an…show more content…
Hip Hop is much more than rap with provocative lyrics. For instance, after the unjust murders of black males like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Gardner, many rap artists responded in anger and protest. A very influential Hip Hop artist, Kanye West, states in the song “All Your Fault”, “I don’t give a f***, I don’t give a f***, when cops choking people out in the media.” Kanye’s statement refers to the unjust strangulation of Eric Garner by policemen on live media outlets. Another iconic Hip Hop artist, J. cole released a song called “Be free” in response to the murder of an 18-year old African-American teen, Michael Brown. Other artists such as Lil Wayne released music in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin, who was another black teenager. These songs released by artist are tributes to fallen young African American men exemplifies just how influential Hip Hop can be in regards to social and political issues within

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