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Symantha Boatright AP English III Rough Draft Hip Hop Planet Writer and musician, James McBride, in his essay “Hip Hop Planet” examines the history of the Hip Hop culture. McBride’s purpose is to bring the audience to the conclusion that Hip Hop is important and that it has a rich history, rather than believing that it is just noise. He adopts an understanding tone which helps guide the audience through his thought process. McBride is a fictitious writer and an essay writer, several examples of this appear in in his essay “Hip Hop Planet.” He breaks the essay into sections which are almost like chapters. The very first paragraph of the essay is almost like a story in itself, an extended metaphor to get the reader to understand a little better what his fear was, establishing a connection to parents and to those who do not understand the Hip Hop culture. McBride admits that he was no different at their age when he states “when I was young, I was a knucklehead, too” and “drowning me with the sound of my own hypocrisy.” He uses this opening to show the reader that he was at one point a defiant young adult with a similar taste as these people. McBride also uses this paragraph to connect with the audience, showing that he can understand and that he has not cared for the music or the image that the music portrays. He gives this example of he’s “nightmare” to appeal to ethics and to the emotions of the audience.
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