Professor Fred Wright
February 14, 2010
Hip Hop in America
Songs such as “Hip-Hop is Dead” and “Hope” written by Nasir bin Olu Dara
Jones, who performs by the name Nas, perfectly describes just how hip-hop has died in
Hip-hop used to be a way for youth to stay out of trouble; kids would get
together and rap, dance, and use graffiti.
They even had their own lingo and dress code.
It was a way of life; it kept kids out of the streets and brought people together.
the goal of hip-hop has changed.
Nas speaks truth when he says that “everybody sound
the same commercialize the game/reminiscin’ when it wasn’t business/they forgot where
it started. It seems as though hip-hop is no longer about a movement but more about
making money, getting girls, expensive cars, and other materialistic things.
The term hip-hop describes a cultural change that includes unique styles of music,
graffiti art, and dance.
Rap is the form of music that came from the hip-hop movement.
This music’s early roots can be traced to the South Bronx of New York during the mid-
Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash are known as the forefathers of this art form.
Rap consistently gained in popularity throughout the rest of the 1970s through both
individuals’ performances at clubs and promotion of their music.
The success of the rap
song “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang helped bring rap music to the public eye.
Popular artists such as Run DMC, L.L. Cool J, Fat Boys, Ice-T, and N.W.A. made rap
music into even more of a success in the 1980s. Most of the lyrics were about the
problems these rappers had seen, such as poverty, crime, violence, racism, poor living
conditions, drugs, alcoholism, corruption, and prostitution.
Hip-hop was a way for kids