shooting and death of Biggie Smalls on a trip to California. The East Coast West Coast 5 N.W.A. (n.d.). Retrieved May 13, 2015, from 6 Old School Rap. (n.d.). Retrieved May 13, 2015, from 6
rivalry changed the conduct of battling, taking it from a nonviolent competition of talent, to gun threats and death. After the death of Tupac and Biggie, we start to see the Hip- Hop culture evolve once again. Gangster rap becomes nearly extinct and a more commercial form of Hip-Hop starts to flood the airwaves. Hip-Hop begins to move to once again expand, but this time to the South. 7 The Current State of Hip-Hop Hip-Hop as a culture, and Rap as a genre have both evolved tremendously from their initial creation. The main issue at hand, present day, seems to be the content of rap lyrics/videos and the affects it is having on society. Hip-Hop has evolved from its small New York origins, to a world-wide culture. In an interview with KRS1, a rapper from the “old school”, he notes, “ Now the mainstream has accepted hip-hop as a culture. Harvard University is now doing a hip-hop archive. For the next five years, it will collect all of the hip-hop artifacts and knowledge it can to begin teaching a legitimate cultural studies course” (KRS1). Though the expansion of this culture has had positive affects, its negative effects have come to the forefront of the public attention more recently. 8 The Tricia Rose article discussed in class talks a great deal about one of the most prominent issues in Hip-Hop present day, which is demeaning women. An example of such would be Lil John’s lyrics, ““Til the sweat drops down my b****, all these b****** crawl, all skeet skeet m************”. She mentions how Hip-Hop has a 7 Lynskey, D. (2011, June 12). Tupac and Biggie die as a result of east/west coast beef. Retrieved May 13, 2015, from - biggie-deaths 8 KRS-One Discusses The State Of Hip-Hop. (2003, May 7). Retrieved May 13, 2015, from - hop 7
huge growing anti-fan base, mainly because of the blatant use of sexist images and content. She goes on to discuss sexism in Hip-Hop, breaking the debate down into two groups. The first group, the conservative anti-feminists, aren’t concerned with the degradation of women, but are more so concerned with black men showing any sign of masculinity. They feel they need to protect America from “deviant black people”, and therefore Hip-Hop needs correction. The second group, the Liberals, are actually concerned with how Hip-Hop depicts women as sexual objects, and worry about the effect this depiction will have on black communities. The Liberals are concerned that black youth will grow up with little respect for women because of the influence of the Hip-Hop culture. This article clearly shows how Hip-Hop as a culture, and Rap as a genre, both have gotten away from their original roots and purpose. Demeaning women has come a long way from the African griot storytelling origins of the culture.
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