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The Power of Hip Hop: The Beginnings, Present Day Hip Hop and Possibilities for the Future

The Power of Hip Hop: The Beginnings, Present Day Hip Hop and Possibilities for the Future

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Published by Brittany Dawson
This paper starts off with a history of Hip Hop. From there it goes into current Hip Hop and how it degrades certain groups of people and then into what hip hop could accomplish by looking at non-mainstream artists that have positive messaging. Last it goes into ways that readers could get involved if they agree with the ideas in this paper.
This paper starts off with a history of Hip Hop. From there it goes into current Hip Hop and how it degrades certain groups of people and then into what hip hop could accomplish by looking at non-mainstream artists that have positive messaging. Last it goes into ways that readers could get involved if they agree with the ideas in this paper.

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THe Power of Hip Hop: Thebeginnings, present DAY hip hopand possibilities for the future 
By: Brittany DawsonCopyRight by Brittany Leigh Dawson 2012
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Introduction
Hip hop music originated in the 1970’s on the streets inthe Bronx as a way to unite the communitiesthrough music
 
(hip). Over time, mainstream hip Hop hastransformed into an individualistic art that idolizescertain aspects of society that would otherwise bedeemed as undesirable. Not only does it promoteless desirable lifestyles, Hip Hop music has evolvedinto a genre of music that degrades specific groupsof people, such as, women and people of color. Thisis harmful to those groups, because it does affecthow these people are viewed, Yet I believe that hiphop has the power to create positive change insociety by sending messages that influence peoplein a good way. this is evident in some local andunderground hip hop artists today, but we need toshift our music preferences from those thatemphasize negative and harmful messaging to songswith uplifting messages. I will start by going througha history of how hip hop started. From there, I willlook at mainstream hip hop and what it is today,then I will present to you what hip hop could be byhighlighting a few underground/ non-mainstream hiphop artists and endwith a call to actionthat will offer waysto get involved. 
History
Hip hop started onthe streets of NewYork City, as I statedearlier. In the 1970’s, arapper that wouldsoon be known asKOOl DJ Hercimmigrated to thebronx from Kingston,Jamaica. He needed away to pay for hissisters schoolsupplies, so hedecided to throwblock parties to raisemoney. From there He became a disc jockey and
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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
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Excellent and informative report!
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nice very informative,i like also when u give some exemple like Krs one,Nas......
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Very good... I love hip hop
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Nice paper, Brittany. Bue Scholars are great.
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