Hip-Hop: The Most Influential Genre of the Black Community


The musical genre Hip Hop developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans. Hip Hop originated in South Bronx, New York in the 1970s. The lyrics, within the genre, and the rhythmic aspect in Hip Hop is what sets it apart from all other genres of music. Along with its unique elements, Hip Hop was and still is, an influencer within communities. 

Social Implications and Commodification

The outlet that was bestowed upon Blacks allowed room for people to be themselves while drawing attention to real issues. Hip-Hop became the stereotyped culture for the Black community. Though Hip-Hop has helped display and bring light to Black struggle, many people saw that the way many rappers carried themselves and instantly attached that ideal to all Black people. Hip-Hop tells our (Black peoples) story, but does not tell who are individually. As seen below, White people stole Black culture that is Hip-Hop and made it into movies, songs, etc. White rappers like RifRaf and Vanilla Ice are prime examples of White people stealing our culture and calling it their own. Below are more prime examples. 

Prime Composers and Influences

Primary composers of Hip-Hop include DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa. DJ Kool Herc, is credited for throwing the first hip hop party in 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx. He would talk into the mic over the beat that he created to get people to dance and from that the term “rapping” was coined. Dj Kool Herc used rapping as a way to get people off the streets and out of trouble. Hip-Hop has influenced today’s genre of music like “mumble” rap, trap music, G-Funk, and hardcore rap. 

Summary of Opinion

I am happy I am learning the real background of Hip-Hop. The evolution of Hip-Hop music is so important to the history and culture of Black people. This genre of music has influenced many of today’s youth and the way that the Black community is perceived. I do listen to Hip-Hop and will continue to listen to Hip-Hop.

 “The Thing about Hip-Hop is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.” 

– Barack Obama 

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