Reflections - Cheryce Knox April 12, 2011 Hip hop Seminar...

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Cheryce Knox April 12, 2011 Hip hop Seminar In our discussion in class today we reflected on last week’s topic NWA and Death Row, and why artists revert to crime and violence. Many artists have reached a level of success that allows them to escape their environment. They no longer have to be a part of the crime and violence that they discuss in their songs, yet many still rap about the same things and are in and out of jail for various crimes. I feel that one major problem with the black community in general is that we find it hard to let go and move on in order to prosper. To this day many people still use slavery as an excuse for many of the problems in the black community. While it is true that some things are still impacted by the metal devastation of slavery, why do we still allow this mentality to hold us back? It is 2011 and we still allow ourselves to complain and be enslaved mentally. One of the main differences is that w no longer have to be oppressed, we now oppress ourselves. This is reflective in our music today and in some ways, hip hop culture as a whole. Many rappers still continue to glorify negative behaviors such as killing, smoking, and demeaning women. And often times, their lives can somewhat reflect what they talk about in their songs. Artists like Snoop Dogg, who we discussed in class, and T.I. have been locked up and still talk about many of the same topics in their songs. The backwards part is they’ve done all this work to get themselves out of these situations and yet still find themselves in trouble. I think this discussion definitely relates back to our discussion on life imitating art and art imitating life. Dr. Clemmons asked “At what point to life and art no longer imitate each other”? At what point do these artists actually portray the lives they live? Or when will they stop letting their negative pasts keep following them into the present or future? I’m all for people expressing themselves and being creative, but at what point will an artist stop portraying themselves in such a negative light and really allow their art to reflect their life.
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Cheryce Knox April 14, 2011 Hip hop Seminar What is the current state of hip hop? I feel that hip hop is on its respirator right now. It’s not dead, as many try to claim, but it’s not fully alive as it once was. Hip hop is constantly changing, and has its ups and downs just like anything else. I definitely have hope that hip hop will continue to grow and eventually prosper into the art form that it was. One thing that we talked about in class today was how even though a lot of people feel that hip hop is not at its best right now, many still support it. I can admit that I still listen to and download music. I will never just stop listening to hip hop altogether just because the music is not as good as it used to be. One thing that I’ve had to deal with being in school in Florida is the culture change. I haven’t been one to get into a lot of the music that is popular down here. Much of the southern rap that is on the radio all the
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2011 for the course MUH 4930 taught by Professor Clemons during the Spring '11 term at Florida A&M.

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