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1 Introduction It is evident that hip-hop has gained a global popularity by transforming the culture of various people across inner-city streets in Ney York City in the US towards a multi-billion market that has took place for more than a period of 40 years. Numerous studies reveals Hip-hop music as a global platform for unification and self-expression. Some of the special capacities that the music genre is presented in translating languages, social economic boundaries and cultures. At the start of the 1970s, the South Bronx area in New York was socially neglected and politically forsaken. The population in these areas were prone to high risks of diagnosing from mental health problems due to toxic environment factors prevailing in these areas such as social segregation, crime, drug abuse and poverty. However, by looking at the aspect of Hip-hop music in the area, it has helped the society ultimately. As a result, the genre has positively helped these people in achieving formidable sense of resilience, self-healing, street knowledge, empowerment and life transformation. This essay focuses on the conception of people regarding Hip-hop genre in the context of cognition such as psychiatry and mental health based on three legal cases of Dred Scott and Plessy and Brown. Scott, Brown and Plessy Legal Cases The milestone supreme cases regarding Dred Scott v. Sandford, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and Plessy v. Ferguson reveals a tremendous impacts relating to the struggle for fighting equal rights in the United States. 1 As a result, these momentous cases have notably set models for cases that deals with civil inequality issues for over the past 150 years in the US. Dred Scott v. Sandford Case 1 Dimitriadis, Greg. Performing identity/performing culture: Hip hops as text, pedagogy, and lived practice . Vol. 1. Peter Lang, 2009.
2 This case presents a slave in Missouri. Between the period of 1833 and 1843, Scott lived in Illinois which is a free state which was also Louisiana Territory. In this state, the Missouri Compromise of 1820 forbidden issues of slavery. 2 On return to Missouri, he filed a suitcase fighting for his freedom in Missouri court by claiming that he was a free man due to the fact that his residence was based in free territory. After losing the case, he filed a new suit at the federal court. However, his master John Emerson hold that no descendants of slaves or Negro could be an American Citizen hence lacking a stand of sue in the federal courts. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka The case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka is a consolidation case in Kansas, South Carolina, Delaware, Washington D.C and Virginia concerning segregation of the public schools based on race. In the particular case, Oliver Brown was denied admission in the white school. Brown was the class representation and hence he filed a suit claiming that the law allowing segregation in all public schools entailed the violation of 14 th Amendment Equal protection Clause.

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