Commodification

African American Blues is a genre that contains elements from negro spirituals and folk music.

The artists who influenced the genre of blues never obtained the true recognition they deserved.  The creativeness and uniqueness of the genre was taken  by European artists and created and claimed as Rock and Roll.  From that more artists began to believe it was acceptable to gain popularity and knew what they needed to do to gain an audience; that was  to take the efforts of many African Americans work.