Rap and Racism
rap music is a symbolic type of rhythm in which one expresses a message of an event ,opinion, or problem. Rap is the news station in the twenty century ,delivering the people tuned in with a message. It impacts the minds of tuners to think about the environment and setting of his or her life. Jay-Z had stated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, “There’s no white or black clubs because the music brings everyone together.” This statement was for the critics who believe that rap encourages racism. However looking into the history of rap music it can be seen that rap has united races worldwide. It raised the bar of equality and then broke the bars of segregation. Rap has a motivation to deliver a positive message in which he or she can not refute against. The message does not anyway teach racism but breaks the boundaries of segregation. Racism can only be taught at home ,which makes it impossible if an individual idolizes rappers.
Rap has been raised out from the hoods of New York in the 1970s.The new art of music was introduced into the world. It evolved the views apartheid in races, informing people how the world is unfair. Rappers presented their message that racism needs to become extinct. The artist 2 Pac in his song “Changes”proves rap is not teaching racism. In the song he says “Take the evil out the people they’ll be acting right ,cause both black and white is smokin’ crack tonight and only time we chill is when we kill each other.”2 Pac gives a strong message saying racism is flowing throughout the world. Man kind is equal, black and whites are doing the same act but still they cant see the equality inside. In order to live in peace they have to kill one group.2 pac trying to inform the tuners that racism should not exist.
Rap and Soul Music Music has always been around from the beginning of time. It has grown from stage to stage over the past decades. Different decades carry along their different memories of music. The type of music listened to in the seventies, eighties and nineties, have their obvious differences. Nowadays, in the 21st century, the two most popular forms of music are Rap and Soul. Although rap ...
Rap has no title for any particular type of race, who ever has a message to deliver can go preach their rhymes. When Eminem ,a Caucasian rapper was introduced it created a break away from racism. Eminem became a symbol for the world proving that rap isn’t only for the African Americans. Eminem went on winning eleven grammy awards proving rap is not for a particular type of person, whoever has the will can deliver the message. Eminem delivered messages similar to African American artists like 2pac and jay-Z. Rap can not teach racism if multiracial artists like Eminem are presented to the society.
Rap introduces style ,artists have a created a new sense of style which impacted society. The youth has been attracted by style of rappers. Cloth lines have been produced From Jay-Z brand “Rocawear” to P.Diddy’s “Sean John”. These cloth lines are set for whoever desires to wear them. Theirs no label for any type of race. Today the youth ,full of all races are wearing cloth lines of Jay-Z and P.Diddy, who are rappers. No matter what race he or she are from Caucasian, African American, Latino, Asian ,or etc. they all tend to be attracted to these cloth lines. Sharing a similarity together takes a group out of segregation, wounding racism so it doesn’t exist.
Jay-Z “stated it is difficult to teach racism because racism is taught home.” the statement is correct. If rap was to deliver racism then 2 pacs song “changes” would never appear in society. Eminem would be in a struggle to obtain an opportunity to grasp a single grammy award. As for the cloth lines ,the youth would still be wearing polos and dress pants from the past. Rap has made the teaching of racism ambitious for whoever tries to animate it. Rap does not interpret racism, but brings racial integration , for all to unite.
The role of rap as a music form and the perception of rappers as a whole has changed over the past ten years. It was a slow process for rap as a whole to be accepted as music and eventually be recognized by critics and award ceremonies. The advent of "gangster" rap brought about a new group of rappers with criminal histories and raunchy over the top lyrics. Many rappers today, like Eminem, have ...