Sunday, October 20, 2013

If Hip Hop was the Economy, This Would Be the Recession..

Hip Hop Is No Longer Cooler Than Me by Paul Kix explains how the content of Hip-Hop has lost it's power. Kix describes how he has grew up enjoying hip hop's charisma and ability to express emotions with slick lyrics. In the passage, Kix refers to a group called N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude). N.W.A. was a clique of rappers including Ice T., Dr. Dre, Eazy E and many more. In an article, Gangsta Rap by Jooyoung Lee, in Encyclopedia of Social Problem, the importance of N.W.A. was to explain the trials and tribulations that was prominent in South Central Los Angeles during the 1980's. 

In the article, Jooyoung Lee talks about the negativity and social merits of 'Gangsta Rap'. Many people believe that gangsta rap has a negative affect towards children that listen to it. The belief that the lyrics are to ruthless for kids and introducing them to the ida that crime is okay. On the other hand, others argue that music like Fuck the Police by N.W.A. are informative. A song like so, allows people to understand the problems that are arising in pover-ish communities.

Fuck tha police
Comin straight from the underground
Young nigga got it bad 'cause I'm brown
And not the other color so police think
They have the authority to kill a minority

Fuck that shit, 'cause I ain't tha one
For a punk muthafucka with a badge and a gun
To be beatin on, and throwin in jail
We could go toe to toe in the middle of a cell

Fuckin with me 'cause I'm a teenager
With a little bit of gold and a pager
Searchin my car, lookin for the product
Thinkin every nigga is sellin narcotics - Ice Cube

These are the first lyrics recited by Ice Cube. As a kid, Kix was entertained by this. Yes, some of the lyrics should probably be censored for an 8 years old but the real message does have a greater meaning. Kix believed this was cool because the raw expression that Ice Cube and his conglomerate was introducing to the media was something that needed to be heard. 

This is why Kix doesn't believe hip hop is cooler than him. Some artist today are using catchy beats and mediocre rhymes just to make a profit instead of using their power that they have. Hip hop was cool when it was controversial. A lot of artist that I myself listen too are going back to this older style of hip hop, bringing back the 'cool' that our society is missing. 

5 comments:

  1. Rap songs now of days sucks monkey's balls. There's no originality and the messages are shallow and superficial. Rap back in the day had meaning. They talk about real stuff that was going on in the community. It was black people's way of expressing the conditions they were living in. Now of day rappers rap about anything to make a quick million bucks. i dont blame them. I would make a song about dog humping if i had to. Tuition must be paid!!!

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  2. Great post, Enosha!

    But why do you think this song helps Kix' point? Did this song have any cultural influence to suggest it's still more relevant than modern rap? Of course, I know it did, but I want YOU to explain that in your essay ;-)

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  3. Nice post! And what a interesting topic to cover. I like how you mentioned that NWAs song allows people to understand the problems arising in the community. Perhaps alot of gangster rap and rap in general started out with this focus in mind. It was doing it's job at the beginning but it has been quickly changed into the stuff we hear today :P Just because you can talk face over some of the same beats everyone else is using doesn't mean you're talented.

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  4. FYI: NWA is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year ...

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