Rap and hip hop music have been debated many times over the years about whether or not this choice of music affects society negatively. As you will learn from this presentation, rap does not affect society negatively and is a great choice of music. It helps save lives, relieves stress, and tells vital messages to learn from.
According to dictionary.com, the definition of hip hop is defined as, “the popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, breakdancing, and graffiti art.” Also, according to the thefreedictionary.com, the definition of rap is defined as the “genre of African-American music of the 1980s and 1990s in which rhyming lyrics are chanted to a musical accompaniment; several forms of rap have emerged.”
So, where did it all start? Legend has it that it all started at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx of New York City. On August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc was entertaining for his sister’s back-to-school party and he felt like trying something new on the turntable. He extended the instrumental beat to let the crowd dance longer and began rapping during the extended breakdancing. Sounds innocent, right? ("Birthplace Of Hip Hop.")
Much of the modern society does not think so though. They believe that the ones that listen to this choice of music are the ones that walk around looking for trouble. Personally, I reject that opinion. I believe that many individuals take for granted the popularized opinion of almost any certain topic. Before you discriminate against hip hop and rap, you must first do a little bit of in-depth research. As Curtis Aron says, “When critiquing rap music, one has to go beyond the surface of what they are hearing and attempt to ascertain the message that the music is attempting to send.” ("Rap Music: Is It As Bad As Some People Think?")
Virtually, that is what we are going to do. We will now analyze Eminem’s song, Mockingbird. [Handout Mockingbird Lyrics] We will first look at the first verse of the song. The general meaning of the first verse is this: Eminem wants to give his daughters the best life possible. At the time, their mom was going through a rough life. Mom was always getting arrested for her cocaine addiction and Eminem was starting to become famous for his rapping. It was a lot to handle at one time for the children. He tells his daughters to: "Straighten up little soldier - stiffen up that upper lip." He's telling them to be strong and that everything will be okay someday. ("Eminem – Mockingbird.")
Now, let’s consider the second verse of the song. He tells of a story where one Christmas he had no money to buy presents for his daughters. He had to keep food on the table instead. Eminem and Kim (his wife) tried to start a college savings for their daughters, but every time they tried saving up, their house always got broken into. Life got worse, and they both eventually moved out. Eminem was starting to get famous for his CD, and he had to start working for his rap career, distancing...