Hip Hop Wars Essay

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Hip hop has become one of the most commercially promoted and financially successful forms of media in recent years. But as its profits have risen it has become a scapegoat for the many of the public criticisms of young black people. These topic have been discussed in Tricia Rose’s novel “The Hip Hop Wars What We Talk About - And Why It Matters”. The state of hip hop has fallen because the trinity of commercial hip hop has become main topic and caused a lot of controversy. This book is appealing to a person who want to know how hip hop has changed in the past decade and it points out many different attitudes toward hip hop in the Unites States.
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Hip Hop reflected and allowed many African Americans to express and enlighten people about how they live their daily lives. People were not able to communicate as well as we can now and not many people knew how black ghettos were and what goes on there. Hip hop became the tool for understanding what black people went through to many white people.
In the 1990's big companies found that hip hop was a profitable form of music, they started to commercialize it. It started to dominate mass media but as the hip hop went on to big companies there were less styles of hip hop. “the social, artistic, and political significance of figures like the gangsta, and the street hustler substantially devolved into apolitical, simple-minded, almost comic stereotype.” Hip hop was a bridge that allowed other people to see what went on the typical day of an African american and what all these white people saw were pimps, gangstas, and ho’s. This became what people thought what the average black person went through on a daily basis. Tricia Rose stated “Hip hop has become a breeding ground for explicitly exploitative and increasingly one-dimensional narrative of black ghetto life.” hip hop was making a lot of money mainly displaying the these figures and they became powerful and soon turned into the spokesmen for the black youths.
Many people thought hip hop portrayed black people and their culture. Over the years the exposure of their lives gave the majority an acceptance of the existence of black ghettos and the also the belief that black people are responsible for creating ghettos and choosing to live in them. Black youths had few meaningful and compassionate places to turn for a meaningful appreciation of their culture. The systematic racism and the negative effects of hip hop on these communities caused the downfall of the many problem in these areas. There are many factors for example the unequal public schools where student can not get a basic education to the the number of imprisoned black people which caused devastating effect on everyone’s perception of them.
The success of the gangsta style hip hop has shown an increase in the profit and exposure of what people see what hip hop mainly consists of but it was only one of many style created during the...

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