This source once again will help me with my project because it gives me a different perspective. Comparing hip hop in Africa which I know pretty well to hip hop in countries surrounding Africa, such Palestine and Jordan. (Tunisia and other northern African countries are considered to be rapping in Arab rap and not African rap.) I was surprised by that when I noticed in the beginning of my research that North African hip hop was called Muslim hip hop, I Found that interesting. McWhorter, John H. How Hip Hop hold Blacks Back. Summer 2003. - Jounral.org (accessed 5 5, 2010).
19 So this is an article that is in total opposition to everything that my paper and my project is about. I believed that something like this would be helpful since it is true that there are many people out there who do not believe that there is a hip hp movement going on and that hip hop is actually bringing down the black community. McWhorter starts of the essay by recalling an experience he once had with some African American kids who were skipping class in a KFC. I could tell by the beginning of this article that he was going to an obnoxious one. I was right. He then goes onto to criticize the impact that Grandmaster flash and Melle Mel with the “message” and “don’t push me” did to the hip hop community. Now if anything, in my own opinion, those were truthful songs about what it was like to grow up in the deepest ghetto and they have a right to sing about it. When he begins to criticize some of the things that have gone wrong with hip hop today I have say that I agree with him some, especially about the state of hip hop in the united states, however to say that all hip hop in general is bad at to say that Jay‐ Z and others, even though they have released a good amount of questionable songs, have still made a difference for the better in their communities and in the hip hop communities. Mitchell, Tony. "Another Root - Hip Hop outside the USA ." In Global Noise , edited by Tony Mitchell. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2001. This article comes from the book Global Noise and is actually the introduction to the book written by Tony Mitchell. The reason why I chose just to review the introduction is because most of this book is about Hip‐Hop in places other than Africa. For example Japan, Korea, Italy and other places, so I thought that reading the whole book wouldn’t really help me that much. However this introduction really tells about the state of Hip‐Hop and how it
20 effect the whole world in general, taking in to account all the countries that he and other authors proceed to elaborate on throughout the text. This helps my project because I need to know how this music is impacting the rest of the world and this book has been a ‘one stop spot’ for a lot of that kind of information.
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