Prior to the lecture and completing the readings about Hip Hop, I not considered the term Hip Hop very much. How did Hip Hop originate? Who started it? How widespread has it become? Previously when I thought about Hip Hop I would automatically think about the stereotypes of, drugs, alcohol and sexualisation of women. These negative stereotypes influenced my point of view on Hip Hop (even though I do enjoy listening to Hilltop Hoods, Mackelmore and Kid Cudi). However researching Hip Hop and listening to the lecture changed what I thought about it.
The media plays a big part in the stereotyping of Hip Hop and this is demonstrated perfectly in the article “The Culture of Hip Hop: Reality vs. Media”. “Because of stereotypes, a lot of people see Hip Hop strictly as a genre of music consisting of shallow and violent nymphomaniacs and lechers producing vulgar and explicit lyrics about misogynistic views, sex, murder, drugs, money, and the derogatory exploitation of women. The reason this is so, is because the media chooses to focus on these negative aspects, downplaying the culture of Hip Hop.” (Fictionpress, 2010)
I never took into considered how much influence Hip Hop can have on the society. Hip Hop is a form of ‘freedom of speech’ and this is just one of the positive outlooks of Hip Hop.
Hip Hop may have originated through African- Americans and African cultures but thanks to its influence, Hip Hop is now globalised, aka ‘hybridised’ allowing other cultures to have their own take on Hip Hop.
The Hip Hop genre allows people to express themselves in many different forms. The four elements of Hip Hop; MCing, DJing, graffiti and breaking demonstrate how diverse Hip Hop is. “Bop- American street dance forms such as popping, locking and breaking- created a space of solace and comfort where Maori and Pacific Islander young people could seemingly fashion their own codes and conditions for acceptance and exercise a limited form of power.” (Henderson)
Henderson, A.K. “Dancing Between Islands: Hip Hop and the Samoan Dispora”, accessed through reader
Fictionpress, (2010), “The Culture of Hip Hop: Reality vs. Media”, accessed on 22/8/13 at http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2825421/1/The-Culture-Of-Hip-Hop-Reality-Vs-Media