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Using Music To Stop Injustice

"Hip Hop rhymes against the empire of neo-slavery" -Quincy T. Norwood

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Using Music To Stop Injustice

"At a hip-hop conference that I attended in the winter of 2000, long-time Public Enemy comrade, journalist, and "media assassin" Harry Allen defined hip-hop music as a response to white supremacy. Music is an outlet that helps people express their feelings, joy and frustration alike. Throughout the article, the central theme is how music has impacted the history of African Americans since they were brought here. For example, the quote I used at the beginning of the paragraph is stating without the negative treatment of African Americans there wouldn't be an abundance of musical genres.

In the very first article I read in my University of Writing class the article touched on the electronic revolution that was taking place to help with protest. People were putting their social media to use to help with the Black Lives Matter movement and to show their side of the story instead of bias agendas the media put out to the world. This relates to this article in a sense because people are using their "abilities" to tell a story that most likely would be swept under the rug if they didn't tell it themselves.

Another example is the soundtrack of different films such as "Black Panther" and "Get Out" these two films have become a staple in black culture and some of that may be due to their soundtracks which have been praised. The musicians used different sounds and lyrics to get the points of the films across and the themes as well.

After reading this article many questions have crossed my mind, one of them is without the struggle of African Americans in this country we wouldn't have the genres we have today but are these genres such as hip-hop having a detrimental effect on the youth since the substance of the genre has changed? What I mean is that before it was clear what the music was about, fighting the power and resisting police now the themes in the song are insignificant in comparison to the ones before them.

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