wanted to incorporate his Jamaican roots into hismusic style. To do this he would recite improvisedrhymes over reggae records. This didn’t excitepeople, so he had to adapt his style to involvechanting over the instrumentals or percussionsections. Once he started to do this, his musicstarted to gain popularity very quickly. As hip hopprogressed, there became four elements, whichincluded Mcing, graffiti, Bboying, Djing and currentlythey have added knowledge (Chang). For peoplewho want more information on hip hop, read JeffChang’s book “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A history of theHip Hop Generation”.
Popular Hip Hop Today
Hip hop or rap today has become all about degradingwomen, glamorizesillegal activities, andboasting about all themoney the hip hopartists have. THis is notonly harmful towomen, because itteaches men that it isokay to degradewomen, but it alsoidolizes illegalactivities and jail time,which can negativelyinfluence the young people that look up to theserap artists. THis can be seen in many artists, such asLil Wayne, who just recently got out of jail and isconstantly rapping about topics, such as, weed andhis famous “purple drank”. In a movie titled
Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhythms,
the director interviewsgroups of women at a summer hip hop concert andasks them how they feel about rappers use of theword “bitch.” Their reactions were that the artistswere obviouslynot talking about them, yet when the director thenwent up to a group of men and asked if that groupof women that he was just talking to were dressedlike bitches, their immediate answer was “yes” (Hurt).I think part of the problem is, when it comes to hiphop music. the very People that are being degradedin the songs feel as if they are exempt, becausethey don’t associate themselves with the group