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Representation of Hip Hop in Black Culture

Hip hop emerged around the 1970s from the Black community, whose aim was to express their feelings and thoughts about the injustices they experienced in society (Morgan and Dionne 176). Hip hop was considered a wave that would die as a fad; however, the music genre has managed to pass the test of time, and at present, it is still a significant genre, which has also impacted the music world a great deal (Miller et al. 6). This research aims to discover how hip-hop links to Black culture and to trace hip-hop culture’s development. The study analyzes the extent to which hip hop’s growth influences other sectors and even is a part of societal and political issues, including feminism and the embrace by Whites. The research will focus on whether hip hop still plays its initial role of advocating for Black people, or whether the changes in society and the genre have led to a new genre that does not relate to the previous notions and links to Black culture.

In addition, the research will analyze the movie Wild Style, a 1982 American hip hop film directed and produced by Charlie Ahearn. As the first hip hop movie, Wild Style was the best choice of a film with hip hop culture. The movie’s analysis will aim to introduce hip hop as a culture and not just a simple song genre. The focus will be to understand whether hip hop still stands for its past aims in society and whether it’s past aims will continue. The research will also analyze the lives and art of various early hip hop artists and their role in the development of the hip hop culture. The study will focus on how hip hop has developed early and the differences or similarities as detailed by different researchers.

Proposed References

Clay, Andreana. “Keepin’it Real: Black Youth, Hip-Hop Culture, and Black Identity.” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 46, no. 10, 2003, pp 1346-1358.

The article focuses on outlining the relationship between Black youth and hip-hop culture. Black youth have integrated hip hop into their daily lives, and the concept is utilized as cultural capital. The article confirms the type of culture from hip hop can be used to articulate Black youths’ cultural identity, with a focus on the interaction among those in the City Youth Centre. The article relies on Bourdieu’s cultural capital theory to identify how Black youths construct legitimate racial boundaries in predominantly Black settings. The article focuses on creating a view of how the Black culture is formed and renegotiated and how the negotiations are enhanced through the hip-hop culture.

Gosa, Travis L., and TRISTAN G. Fields. “Is Hip-Hop Education Another Hustle.” The (Ir)         Responsible Use of Hip-Hop as Pedagogy, 2012, pp. 181-196.

Despite hip-hop being a genre, the article confirms the need to have it included in the curriculum. The main focus of hip-hop education is to infuse hip-hop in the curriculum to help study hip-hop culture, mostly by Black individuals, which allows them to learn about Black culture. The article’s primary focus is to examine whether hip-hop education is just a form of another hustle, or if not, how it can be utilized most effectively in studies. The article confirms the link of hip-hop to Black culture in the US, leading to the desire to have the same curriculum.

Miller, Monica, et al. “The Hip in Hip Hop: Toward a Discipline of Hip Hop Studies.” Journal of            Hip Hop Studies 1.1 (2014): 6-12.

The article analyses the history of hip hop in the world and how it has evolved in history. Despite the thought that hip hop will die as a fad, the genre has been persistent for a long time in history and played a significant role in acting as the voice of the marginalized in society. The article analyses how hip hop has been a voice for Black people, linking the genre to Black culture. Hip-hop persistence has also led to its integration into feminism. The article confirms a need for more study on hip hop culture and evolution globally, as the genre is distinct to Black culture currently but used globally even by Whites.

Morgan, Marcyliena, and Dionne Bennett. “Hip-Hop & The Global Imprint of a Black Cultural             Form.” Daedalus, vol. 140, no. 2, 2011, pp. 176-196.

The article examines how Black youth in the 1970s formed hip-hop. The focus on hip-hop study is how Black Americans use it to push their political and social agenda. The article focuses on how Black individuals have utilized hip-hop in their culture and as a means of political struggle from its inception to its authoring period. The hip-hop culture has played a significant role in influencing the entertainment industry by having a distinct message and vision for changing the world.

Washington, Ahmad Rashad. “Integrating Hip‐Hop Culture and Rap Music into Social Justice     Counseling with Black Males.” Journal of Counseling & Development, vol. 96, no. 1 2018, pp. 97-105.

The article’s focus is to show how hip hop and rap music can be integrated as a therapeutical intervention for Black youth. The article confirms that hip hop and rap music have a significant history of the Blacks. It focuses on how Elligan’s (2000) rap therapy framework can help explore Black male experiences. The article suggests that hip hop can be utilized as a form of therapy for Black males to discuss the social injustices they face. Therefore, the article confirms that Black individuals undergo a series of social injustices in their surroundings, and they utilize hip-hop music to talk about the same. Thus, hip hop contains a significant part of the Black’s experiences in society.

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