Under the influence of human rights activist Malcolm X and his assassination

Under the influence of human rights activist malcolm

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Under the influence of human rights activist Malcolm X and his assassination, also the theme of one’s own death appears in lyrics of several artists like in Tupac Shakur’s song “If I Die 2Nite” (1995) and The Notorious B.I.G’s album Ready To Die (1994), who “fantasized their own murders in lyrics.” 48 In previous paragraphs, various topics of hip hop song were presented. It turned out that there was always some real basis that explained particular artists chose certain topics for their songs. By each theme, several artists with titles of the concrete songs or albums and their date of release were listed, in which the given topics occurred. 46 Nelson George, Hip hop America (London: Penguin Books Ltd, 1998), 70. 47 Mickey Hess, Is Hip Hop Dead?: The Past, Present, And Future of America’s Most Wanted Music (Westport: Praeger Publishers, 2007), 1. 48 Mickey Hess, Is Hip Hop Dead?: The Past, Present, And Future of America’s Most Wanted Music (Westport: Praeger Publishers, 2007), 43.
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31 6. Conclusion The aim of this thesis was to make the acquaintance of hip hop. After introducing the most suitable definitions of the terms hip hop and rap and explaining of the basic difference between these two words, which prevents from making the mistake of considering hip hop and rap as synonyms, one should have a better idea of these terms. This thesis helps to imagine the complexity of hip hop culture that consists of four fundamental elements Djing, MCing, b-boying, and graffiti which are described in detail including the information of their origins, characteristics, and main representatives. A few other elements concerning this culture such as fashion and language were also briefly mentioned. It is the DJing, thanks to which hip hop originated, because DJ Kool Herc invented the breakbeat, which is the basis of hip hop music. MCing attached itself to DJing later. His primary function was to keep the crowd excited and in the course it developed into rap. Although graffiti has existed for centuries, just after the form of graffiti emerged in Philadelphia at the end of 1960s, it began to be connected with hip hop culture. The basic techniques of this kind of art and their functions are narrowly described too. Rap as well as graffiti has also the function of expressing the disagreement with social and political events and the proof of that lies in hip hop lyrics and the content of graffiti pictures placed in various public places. In this chapter is also described in detail the b-boying element with its basic techniques. It is very important to know that it was just b-boying that takes the biggest credit for the birth of hip hop, because DJ Kool Herc created and adjusted his music just for the dancers, who then formed his audience. Hip hop history that is displayed in this thesis contains the information concerning the birth and the development of hip hop. In this section is listed a large number of major events that are important for development and the direction of this culture. There are presented numerous achievements of hip hop artists such
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