Hip Hop and Today's Culture

Hip Hop and Today's Culture
Hip hop music consist of a DJ mixing rhythmic passages of albums on a turntable while a rapper raps over the beats. Hip hop is a culture by itself, equipped with its own language, lyrical style, visual art, dance moves and look. Fashion and music has a relationship based on a person?s musical style. The Grateful Dead and the hippies in the 60s, disco in the 70s and Madonna in the 80s are all examples of creative relationships in the past. Hip hop culture has a major effect on teenage trends in the 21st century.Teenage fashion has been influenced by hip hop in numerous ways. Rappers and R&B artist dress head to toe in designer name brands that support the hip hop style. Clothing lines such as Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo by Ralph Lauren and Sean John are all designers associated with today?s generation. ?And others couldn?t figga, How me and Hilfigga, Used to move with vigga.? In the lyrics from A Tribe Called Quest, rapper Q- tip praises his clothing in his music. Being a role- model for the youth in the 21st century he also promotes his style to fans and admirers. Therefore, teenagers wear baggy pants worn around the hip to expose underwear, oversized athletic jerseys, and hooded sweatshirts. This look is a popular trend in the fashion world. Hip hop artists influence fashion accessories as well. Jewelry known as ?Bling,? is a sign of power and respect. Gold, silver,

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platinum and diamonds are hot in the hip hop world. The Hip hop look is diverse, and evolves over time, as it was adopted by white and African American youth, although hip hop is a musical out growth of urban African ? American culture. Hip hop is not bound by its geography or culture because according to the Soundscan, the company that charts record sales. Three-quarters of all hardcore rap albums were sold to white consumers in 1994. Hip hop and rap music impact different races and ethnic groups. More teens have adopted the style and trends of hip-hop artists and its adherents.

Art has been affected by hip hop by creating a new way of expressing feelings and surroundings. Graffiti is known as the art of hip hop, consisting of brilliant colored block letters and usually spray painted onto concert walls. Writing or drawing that is scribbled, scratched, or sprayed onto a surface is a way of art of the 21st century. Kevin Harp describes graffiti as, ?Our own art, it?s one of a kind.? Graffiti is different from any other standard way of art because the artists seek to become masters of handwriting. Graffiti might sound like vandalism but it is not. It is an art form produced by inner city kids communicating themselves visually. People who practice this art form as called ?writers? and "Graffitist. Hip hop has truly changed art by teaching teenagers to express themselves in there own discrete way.

Teenage dancing and the social environment advanced to commend hip hop culture. Breakin?, commonly know as break dancing, is usually found in hip hop videos and clubs. Breakin? moves are demonstrated in aerobics and other exercises that refine the body. Professionals and participates are called, ?B-boys,? ?B-girls? or ?breakers.? Deejayin?, the study of music production and radio broadcasting, is apart of the teen hip

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hop social environment. The disc jockey performs by ?cutting,? ?mixing,? and ?scratching? records. At hip hop clubs or on the street, beatboxin? is very popular with teenagers.

Beatboxin? involves creating rhythmic sounds with various parts of the body. Beat boxer see the body as an instrument and are also called, ?Hambones.? An example of a beat boxer is Doug-E Fresh. All in all, the culture of hip hop has impacted teenagers immensely.

Language has also changed for teens during the hip hop era. Hip hop language known as street language, Black English, Urban Slang and Ebonics are used in rap and R&B lyrics. The teenagers that are affected by hip hop shorten phrases like, ?What?s up?? and instead they say, ?Wud up.? Shorten phases are spoken in everyday lives of teens. Sadly, it does affect social skills because they sound uneducated. Many teens write in ?urban slang,? which is hard for others that or not acquainted with eh hip hop world to read. Recently, colleges added a language class that covers ?Ebonics? to help bridge the gap between generations. Teenage language is affected by the hip hop culture in everyday speaking.

Hip hop culture has a major contribution to the trends in the 21st century. An element is usually create when the hip hop "sight is applied to a subject or object. Presently hip hop?s element are Breakin?, Graffiti art, Deejayin?, Beatboxin?, street lanuage and street fashion. Hip hop is leading teenagers into the ?real? life of urban civilizations by the use of music, language, clothes and even teenage form of dancing. Today?s popular teenage culture reflects the hip hop ears in all aspects. Rappers and R&B role models are the mirror for teens everywhere who desire the ?Hip hop? way of life.

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