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Analysis Of The Hip Hop Nation By Toure

790 words - 4 pages

The Hip-Hop Nation, written by Touré, is a very interesting and engaging essay. The first thing I noticed was that the essay is written in the first person which I believe was done to engage the readers and establish a connection between the author and the readers. I feel that it served its purpose very well as I felt very involved throughout the entire essay. An essay written in the first person seems more personal and allows readers, like myself, to really relate to the content of the essay. I decided that I would try to incorporate that style of writing into my essay as well. Previously, I said that writing in the first person allows the reader to relate better with the essay being written, however, I was unable to really relate with this essay in the sense that I don’t really understand the author’s passion for hip-hop and the hip-hop way of life. Personally, I am more of a Soul and Rhythm-and-Blues (R&B) person, so I can’t say that I belong to the Nation in any way.

Nevertheless, I still found the essay really interesting and I learnt a lot about the Hip-Hop way of life. Touré explained, in detail, the inner working of the Nation- its laws, gods, devils and traditions. The author went further to talk about the politics of the Nation. The Nation doesn’t have a president, but it does have a sensate comprised of the top rappers, or rather MC’s. The albums made by these MC’s are synonymous to bills being passed by the president and his parliament. These ‘bills’ tell the nationals what’s cool and what is now.

Touré then went on the compare hip-hop, as a music genre to the R&B. It was at this point that I disagreed with the author. She stated that the MC’s often speak of themselves and the people around them, whereas R&B doesn’t do so. Well, this essay was written in 1999, so the Nation has probably changed since then and other genres of music have changed as well. Speaking as a 21st century music lover, I would say that R&B singers tend to use their own life experiences, and tend to...

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