A message to Hip Hop at 50 from Trinity Sanders

Dear Hip-Hop,

I hope you are doing well! It’s my first year at Spelman College! I’m so excited to be here. This semester, I picked Survey of African American Music for one of my courses. We have been discussing Hip-Hop for weeks since it’s their 50th anniversary. I thought I would give you some new knowledge I have learned about the genre of Hip-Hop lately. One thing I learned that completely shocked me is that Hip-Hop has sub-genres. Hip-hop was one genre, and Trap was another genre. It turns out Trap Music is a sub-genre of Hiphop. We also did a group project, and my group focused on the last 6-7 years of Hip-Hop and how it has evolved with the newer artists. Dr. Johnson (the professor) has also been teaching us more about the 70’s of hip-hop. Hip-hop is one of my top favorite genres. I love how it incorporates different beats, lyricism, social commentary, etc. The only thing I have to warn you about Hip-Hop is the Lyric Content, some people may find certain hip-hop lyrics offensive, explicit, or inappropriate. Themes of violence, drug use, misogyny, and profanity can be off-putting to some listeners. I’m very thankful to be in this class because I learned more about hip-hop in the last few weeks. I can’t wait to continue learning more about different genres throughout the semester. Hip-hop is a dynamic and ever-evolving cultural movement that continues to shape and reflect the experiences of diverse communities worldwide. It remains an essential medium for artistic expression, social commentary, and cultural identity. Hip-Hop will be bigger than ever in a couple of years. Mark my words. By saying all this, Hip-Hop will continue to evolve, and I can’t wait to see what it will sound like in another 50 years!


Trinity Sanders

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