The Hip Hop Generation
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|The Hip Hop Generation is defined as urban, inner-city youths of color, ranging in age from 12-35 years old. That may seem a broad definition, but when you recognize the cultural influence of hip hop, you will see it’s effects are broad-reaching themselves.|
A rap artist who goes by the name KRSONE (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) helps us understand hip hop as culture by presenting the elements and history of hip-hop in his book, Ruminations.
"True hip-hop is a term that describes the independent collective consciousness of a specific group of inner-city people. Ever growing, it is commonly expressed through such elements as: Breakin' (dance), Emceein' (rap), Graffiti (aerosol art), Deejayin', Beatboxin', Street Fashion, Street Knowledge, and Street Entrepreneurialism." www.youthspecialties.com
The American Heritage College Dictionary has given hip-hop the following definition: "The popular culture of big city and especially inner city youth, characterized by graffiti art, break dancing, and rap music—of or relating to this culture."
No matter how you define hip-hop, in it’s early days it was often credited with helping to reduce inner-city gang violence by replacing physical violence with hip hop battles of dance and artwork. However, with the emergence of commercial and crime-related rap during the early 1990s, an emphasis on violence was incorporated, with many rappers boasting about drugs, weapons, misogyny, and violence.
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org--Hip hop culture
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Starting from the streets of the city, hip-hop takes the hustle of the street and turns it into a main stream media marketing tool. From commercials to music videos to movies—the reach of commercialized hip hop culture is now influencing suburban and even small rural towns. As a parent, teacher or mentor of teenagers, it doesn't matter if you're in a church or community center; city or suburb; it doesn't matter if your kids are Latino, Asian, or Irish—hip-hop is influencing your situation. The kids you work with may not love hip-hop, but they are being influenced by it. It's important if you want to understand the culture teens live in today, to understand hip- hop as culture, not just a music form.Reference: www.youthspecialties.com
In the book Hip-hop America, Nelson George writes this about the culture of hip-hop and its influence:
"Now we know that rap music, and hip-hop style as a whole, has utterly broken through from its ghetto roots to assert a lasting influence on American clothing, magazine publishing, television, language, sexuality, and social policy as well as its obvious presence in records and movies…advertisers, magazines, MTV, fashion companies, beer and soft drink manufacturers, and multimedia conglomerates like Time-Warner have embraced hip-hop as a way to reach not just black young people, but all young people."
The mass-marketing of hip-hop has, as is usual of any form of mass-marketing, taken a culture—a movement--and denigrated, manipulated and packaged it the point that it now does little more than appeal to and indulge the basest instincts of pre-teens and teenagers.
“I said it must be ya’ ass ’cause it ain’t yo face” declares Nelly. “Go ’head girl, don’t you stop, keep goin’ ’til you hit the spot (whoa)” demands 50 Cent. Today’s rap artists glorify life as a self-declared “pimp”—or “jigga man” or “love doctor,” as Jay-Z and 50 Cent, respectively, refer to themselves. A dominant theme of these rappers’ music is that their wealth and celebrity attracts a following of “hoes,” a term Angela Davis, editor of Essence magazine, says refers to “nameless, faceless women who have no power;” women whose minds and individual personalities are eclipsed by their physical attributes; women whom rappers like Sir-Mix-a-lot identify by their “itty bitty waists” and “rump-o-smooth skin.” These lyrics, teeming with sexually explicit messages, encourage the subjugation of women and promote disrespect against them. Nelly’s “Tip Drill” is laden with lyrical images that characterize women as mere instruments for male sexual gratification: “Now baby girl bring it over let me spit my pimp juice,” Nelly raps.
Davis said, in an interview with the Harvard Political Review, “Today’s youth culture is being nurtured on these lyrics and these images alone. Because they have only violent and misogynistic images to choose from, their brains are becoming desensitized.”
This is what Sisters’ Sanctuary is about—empowering young women of color to see themselves as sacred, powerful women with the potential to do miraculous things in the world. We are here to counteract the influences that cheapen girls to mere sex objects. By teaching teenage girls self esteem and self love, educating girls on healthy sexuality & body image and encouraging them to set productive goals for their lives, we are setting out to change the future for the good of each sacred girl and the generations they will influence.We are here to support you.
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Harvard Political Review