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Music Video Analysis

Music Genre - Rap/Hip-Hop
Summarise the music video industry The music video industry began in the early 60s where they began to add pictures to music, but was only really expanded in the 80s when MTV began broadcasting (Wikipedia, 2012). Music videos are used to make the song more interesting, a lot of music video makers have used sex as a way to sell their music to viewers, but this isn’t always the case. Various music video makers also use advertising in their videos, for example, some will advertise a beer or a soda. This is just another way to make money. A music video or song video is short film integrating song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. (Source: Wikipedia 2012) This is promoting synergy because they use combined actions to make a bigger profit. - I Need A Doctor (Explicit) ft. Eminem, Skylar Grey Reasons being this video shows what it was like in the past, showing ‘flash backs’ of Dr Dre's life at the start of the music video. How the flash backs are shown, they look like home movies with a effect to make them look old, you can tell their flash backs from the Mise en scène the background, clothing and also there are cars. The mise-en-scene is constructed in this way because they want to show the audience how it was like in the early part of Dr Dre’s career in the music business. The connotations ‘The meaning’ the video shows the black culture, and also aggression. The flash backs are from N.W.A’s music videos which shows his past in the music video industry. Dr. Dre’s personal and musical relationship with Eminem has been long, eventful, and fruitful and never as emotional as on their latest single and accompanying video for “I Need a Doctor.” (Source: Alexis (2011))

This is a great example because it shows how the Rap music video industry has changed. I believe this is a great example because the music video shows flash backs from the early years of rap videos, it shows the Mise en scène in the flash backs, example. Their clothing and jewellery and also more violence were shown in the early years of Rap ( EMIMUSIC, 2009) Dr. Dre driving down Pacific Coast Highway in a Ferrari 360, with flashbacks of his life, crashing his car and the last thing heard was his daughter say "Good night Daddy." Then he is transported to a medical facility. The date at the beginning of the video is February 18, 2001 (his 36th birthday). They fast-forward to present day ten years later, where he has been hospitalized and is on life support. (Wikipedia 2012) Example. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMZi25Pq3T8&feature=relmfu

What is it? How important is it? - A music video is a way to for the artist to express the meaning of their lyrics, for example, if it’s a gangster rap music video, the music video will have Mise en scène such as money, fast cars, women, codes and conventions such as jewellery and hoodies that EMINEM wears shows this is Rap. The importance of having a music video is to show the audience that the song means something. For example, a Rap video will have women, cars, and violence. This will show the audience what the rapper is thinking, feeling and doing. The history behind Rodney King civil rights movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW1ZDIXiuS4 Rodney King was best known for his involvement in a police brutality. This caused public outrage that raised tension between the black community and the LAPD. Signs and conversion (Wikipedia, 2012a). (1) This video increased tension between the local black community and the LAPD and increased anger over police brutality, racism and social inequalities in Los Angeles. – Second Quote from Wikipedia (Wikipedia, 2012a) (2) This news reached to the black community throughout the world.

This made the black community angry, and started making music video’s to show their anger against the police. An example of music that could relate to the situation - N.W.A. F@*k the Police.

N.W.A released their debut studio album, Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. With its famous opening salvo of three tracks, the group reflected the rising anger of the urban youth. The opening song "Straight Outta Compton" introduced the group, "Fuck tha Police" protested police brutality and racial profiling, and "Gangsta Gangsta" painted the worldview of the inner-city youth. While the group was later credited with pioneering the burgeoning sub genre of gangsta rap, N.W.A referred to their music as "reality rap. (Wikipedia: 2012) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7-TTWgiYL 4&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeYHYJst -tE Related to the Rodney King’s video. What music videos have you chosen to analyse and why? I have chosen Rick Ross - Hustling’ I need a Doctor (Explisit) Ft. Eminem, Skylar Grey N.W.A Express Yourself. Reasons for why I have chosen Rap/Hip-Hop. The history of Rap/Hip-Hop has changed, from mainly black culture, to now white people rapping. Example of white rappers, Eminem, Professor Green, DEVLIN. The other reasons ‘The meaning of rap’ it all use to mean something, talking about their bad times, but now it’s all about, Money, cars, women. I have listed these music video’s because it shows how much Hip-Hop has changed throughout the years. Gender - The three music video’s I believe are aimed towards the male gender reasons being the music video’s involve women dressed half naked on Rick Rock - Hustling’. Something like Eminem’s music videos are aimed for both genders because some of his videos are about love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U < Eminem Love the way you lie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JByDbPn6A1o < Eminem Space Bound. Director/Facts - The director of I need a Doctor (Explisit) Ft. Eminem, Skylar Grey is Allen Hughes a huge budget music video.

Behind the scenes of the music video of I need a Doctor (Explisit) Ft. Eminem, Skylar Grey Everything starts with the artist, you hear the song and I would rather hear what the artist is feeling, and if I cannot hear what the artist is feeling, I would rather not do the job 1:35 (Quote) From YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrjBrTAwNZg&feature=related You need to compare and discuss the strengths/weaknesses of the narrative in all 3 music videos and how it has evolved throughout history. Is narrative used in the music video and why? ‘Telling the story’ First music video I’ll be talking about is I need a Doctor (Explisit) Ft. Eminem, Skylar Grey The video works well to tell the story because it’s showing ‘flash backs’ of his career in the music video industry. The flash backs work well to tell the story because it shows his past. Some critics say, “Dr. Dre’s personal and musical relationship with Eminem has been long, What methods/techniques have been used to show the narrative and why? They showed flash backs to tell the story, they use the flash backs because Dr Dre was thinking of his past ‘memories flashed threw his eyes’ How does it reflect the artist/band/genre? It’s showing his past in the music industry, by showing flash backs throughout his career, and telling the audience his story with Eminem by his side. How does it attract an audience and help promote the artist/band? The audience is attracted to the artist/band because they’re two of the most greatest rappers, the story is great because it’s showing his flash backs, throughout the start of his video which is making the music video more appealing to the audience. What impact does it have on the audience? Each music video has a different impact to the audience because the Music Video I listed; Dr Dre I need a doctor has flashbacks throughout the start of the early years of Hip-Hop. The other music video is different it shows how the Hip-Hop genre has changed because of the use of lyrics, clothing, and women that are used. The third music video I listed N.W.A. – Express Yourself This is another great example of how much Rap has changed because of the use of violence, lyrics. The lyrics they use to rap all use to mean something.

Dr Dre is a typical stereotype because he wears clothing such as baggy jeans; baseball caps, has ladies, cars in his music videos example. – Dr.Dre ft. Snoop Dogg - Still Dre – Music Video A counter stereotype could be EMINEM because he’s white, and it was strange to see a white rapper back in the days. He’s also a stereotype because he always wears baggy clothing. How does it reflect the artist/band: Hip-Hop has changed, Rappers use to rap about things that mattered such as the police brutality an example – N.W.A. Rap has changed so much, because rappers now rap about girls and money – Example – Rick Ross Hustling’ How does it reflect the genre and why? Modern Hip-Hop Mise en scene is similar because of the way they still dress, rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, still dress the same as they did in there older music. The genre has evolved so much, example; 2pac use to rapp about events in his life but now all rappers seem to rap about anything with no meaning. Hip hop has now expanded and gone on a Global Sale with millions of rap albums sold in foreign countries, some of which are not English-speaking. Hip hop has influenced natives of foreign countries to pursue rap careers and do what is being done in the United States, including following the trends, in their country. This is a product of globalization and it explains how popular culture can be interwoven with the everyday life of individuals that follow it, and how it can affect them in many ways.
Hip-Hop doesn’t so much give positive representations because of the lyrics, the half naked women dancing. And the huge amounts of swearing through most Rap music video’s Hip-Hop videos are mostly negative because of this.

References: 10 Quotes. EMIMUSIC. (2009). N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton . Retrieved January 10, 2012, from Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMZi25Pq3T8&feature=relmfu Wikipedia. (2012). MTV. Retrieved January 10, 2012, from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_Television Wikipedia. (2012a, March). Rodney King . Retrieved Jan 10, 2012, from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King YouTube. (2011 March). Behind the Scenes of Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor" Music Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrjBrTAwNZg&feature=related Quote: Everything starts with the artist, you hear the song and I would rather hear what the artist is feeling, and if I cannot hear what the artist is feeling, I would rather not do the job. The quote is from the director Allen Hughes. Wikipedia. (2012a, March) Rodney king. Retrieved Jan 10,2012, from Wikipedia: (Second quote from this page) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King Wikipedia. (2012, Feb) I Need a Doctor. March 19, 2012 from Wikipedia: The information I got tells me the story behind “ I need a Doctor“ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Need_a_Doctor BlackBook (2011) Dr. Dre & Eminem’s Bromance in “I need a Doctor” Video The quote explains Dr. Dre’s working relationship with EMINEM http://www.blackbookmag.com/music/dr-dre-eminems-bromance-evolves-in-i-need-a-doctorvideo-1.22955 By Nadeska Alexis

Wikipedia. (2012, March). Music video. Retrieved March 2012, from Wikipedia: Quote:
A music video or song video is short film integrating song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings.

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Wikipedia. (2012, March) N.W.A. Retrived March 27th, from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N.W.A Quote: N.W.A released their debut studio album, Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. With its famous opening salvo of three tracks, the group reflected the rising anger of the urban youth. The opening song "Straight Outta Compton" introduced the group, "Fuck tha Police" protested police brutality and racial profiling, and "Gangsta Gangsta" painted the worldview of the inner-city

youth. While the group was later credited with pioneering the burgeoning sub genre of gangsta rap, N.W.A referred to their music as "reality rap. (Wikipedia: 2012) Conclusion: I believe Hip-Hop has changed so much, because it all used to mean something to the world. 2pac use to rap about events in his life aswell as EMINEM. N.W.A use to rap about things that mattered such as the police brutality Modern Hip-Hop is completely different; rappers now seem to rap about topics that don’t mean anything. The only topics discussed are bling-bling, how many guns you have, and "ho's." Hiphop.

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