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(14) Many rappers on PBS News Hour stated that rap is how artists express themselves, giving them a chance to talk about their life, their neighbourhood, and what incurs in it daily. It’s a formof free expression and we as listeners, listen to it, and show appreciation for this type of music as
Singh 11seen by the popular albums that concern gangster rap. Russel Simmons hits the nail on the hammers with this quote. The life that is experienced in the hood can not be suppressed, it has to be expressed in a form of art from performers, and rap it a means to that.The Why?Looking at the multimillionaires and performers who commenced rapping about “the hood” and continued to do so which allowed them to propel their way to riches, it can be clearly demonstrated that the some of the rap that is produced concerning the hood is purely for entertainment purposes. For example, Lil Dicky’s style with rap is to make jokes and have funwith it. He might touch “the hood” in his songs but it is purely a form of acting. (16) It might not be authentic, but it still relates to the underlying meaning of a rappers’ form of his or her expressionand addressing a topic that he is not completely familiar with or really associated with does not takeaway his right about talking about the hood. Another example is of Wiz Khalifa who grew up well off in many countries such as Germany, England, and Japan as both his parents were from the military, thus they had to relocate as required. (21) Touching the hood in his rap is purely in
Singh 12his style and makes his sounds more likable. Also, Tyga claimed he was from the hood, Compton, but he’s from a well-off Los Angeles suburb of Gardena with his parents driving a Range Rover. (21) Again, the sole purpose of talking about the hood without having the experiences of it serves as entertainment to fans as evidenced by album sales. (21) Chance the rapper believes the 90’s culture allowed for so much more expression as he says in this quote,“There’s always been a quiet conversation and joke that if you’re not hard, if you’re not from impoverished neighborhoods, if you’re not certain constructs of a black stereotype, then you not black… Niggas kinda ran with that in the ‘90s I think, and that’s why there were so many fabricated hood niggas. But now, a lot of black people have a lot more pride in being who they are, and understanding that is part of the black experience, is living and being who you are. I think it’s more accepted on the main stage.”Often being described as the hood is part of the black experience, with entails the gang activity they are part in and the hardships of growing up in the streets while always watching your back, the black community gets enraged when white rappers take a stand on these types of issues. (16) However, if more people aren’t talking about the issue, how can the world come in and help these hoods that are so plagued with crime. Being a form of entertainment also allows the hood in rap to be more socially activity, as it can propel for change.