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The ever-changing world of Popular Culture and Hip Hop

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 17, 2008 by 55lehcarme07

When you really stop to think about how popular culture has developed and changed over the years, music such as hip hop can be a very helpful demonstration of the change. When I watched the movie Beat Street, the world of hip hop consisted of mostly African American and Puerto Rican kids in NY jamming to their own songs about their lives, the good and the bad, breaking to them, and doing graffiti. Recently, we have had the explosion of the so-called “hyphy movement” in my home of the Bay (aka. Yay) Area, mainly lead by Mistah F.A.B, Lil’ Jon, Keak da Sneak and E-40. Aside from the style of the hip hop changing from the Beat Street style hip hop to the hyphy movement, the content has also changed dramatically. In the early days, hip hop used to be about how rough the world is and how to get further in life, but now all you really hear about is how the rapper/artist rocks 8 chains and drives nice cars and gets lots of ladies and talks about their city (aka the Hyphy movement). Mistah F.A.B.’s stuff is actually pretty interesting. In his song “Baydestrians,” he talks about the Bay Area culture including ‘ghost ridin the whip,’ goin’ stupid, dumb, and hyphy, and etc.