Essay #2: Hip Hop Evolution
For the African American culture, music has always been a platform for many relevant discussions; i.e., religion, current events, government, violence, culture, and self-awareness. The African American sound and appearances of hip-hop was concocted from various foundations, such as jazz, blues, rock-n-roll, and gospel. Hip-hop is regarded as one of the more relevant genres of today’s musical spectrum. Social growth and the popularity of personal intrigue have developed a great platform of honesty in hip-hop music today. The expression of hip-hop is an integral piece of the lifestyles for not only African Americans, but also people of all races. Hip-hop and its cultural representation are valid and collective explanations regarding the latest and ever so expanding strides of society’s evolution.
If people could go back to 1995 and before, they could say that hip-hop was uplifting. A good example would be when you could listen to a song for five minutes and all you heard was Rakim bouncing outrageous similes and euphemisms off his tongue and Eric B. blessing the ones and two’s. Not only was there depth in those types of tracks, but there was creativity and ingenuity. What about groups like Afrika Baambata whose songs lasted as long as infomercials? Eric B. & Rakim and Baambata are perfect illustrations of the true hip-hop culture because they were innovators and trendsetters. Back in the early ‘90’s rappers such as Buckshot of The Boot Camp Clik or even Queen Latifah would not stand for the brought down of hip-hop and where it was leading. They have always been opposed to mainstream artists who sacrifice artistic integrity in the lure for more money and how they degrade woman.