Sociology reading response 3

Produce music about drugs and violence to come off as

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produce music about drugs and violence to come off as intimidating which also builds their ego. Prior to reading Tricia Rose’s Hip Hop Wars and watching Hip Hop Beyond Beats and Rhythms I had a completely different outlook on hip hop music. I’m not going to lie through out middle school I listened to Nelly, 50 Cent, Fat Joe, LL Cool J along with other rap artists because it was what everyone listened to in middle school. At the time I just enjoyed the beat and music and paid little attention to the words. However now that I have a better knowledge about the hip-hop music industry it is like a completely different world. The movie provided a statistic stating homicide is the leading cause of death for
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black males ranging from 15 to 34 years of age. This is proving that in their musically driven lifestyle it is okay for young black men to die of gunshots. As I viewed the BET scene in Daytona, Florida it shocked me too see how these African American individuals center themselves on hip-hop music. It truly shows how society has evolved in the African American culture. It emphasizes how they need to be on top of their game at all times with strict limits on expressing their emotions or they will be talked down upon with words such as a “bitch ass nigga” and “punk.”
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  • Spring '08
  • Babones
  • Sociology, Hip hop music, hip-hop music

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