Hip hop as a culture: 6 elements of the hip hop movement

hip hop as culture

The hip hop movement is a social crusade that offers theory and antiquity of the hip hop culture as stated by Reiland Rabaka in his manuscript “The Hip Hop Movement”. From the civil rights movement to rap and the new hip hop generation the crusade connects the Civil Rights Movement and the hip hop culture.

The six rudiments of the Hip Hop Crusade are consciousness attentiveness, civil rights mindfulness, activism awareness, justice, political alertness, and community responsiveness in music, whereas three of the four components of the hip hop culture are: graffiti, rapping, and break-dancing.

Consciousness awareness in hip hop culture:

There is a subgenre of the hip hop genre (the Conscious rap) which that focuses on creating awareness and conveying knowledge. Conscious rappers traditionally have criticized violence, discrimination, and other illnesses of society. Most mindful rap songs contain positive, uplifting messages often delivered over plane, ear-grabbing strokes.

Some notable conscious rappers:

  • Common
  • Kanye West
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Pharoahe Monch
  • Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone

Civil rights awareness and hip hop culture:

Many believe the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led to hip-hop, an era of black American culture and politics. Martin Luther King, Jr. who happens to be a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s, was recognized for one of his most renowned grinds “I Have a Dream” (1963) speech.

Hip hop songs that promote Civil rights awareness:

Community awareness in music:

A very common example (the year 2020 in particular) of this is the promotion of Covid-19 awareness through music. Music is a universal language, that is able to unite people of all ages, nationalities, and abilities, most especially during a period of a global pandemic.

A notable example is Grace Jerry, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumna from Nigeria, who educated people about COVID-19 through her song “Take Responsibility.”

Hip hop’s role in the fight for Justice:

Since George Floyd’s death, hip-hop has spoken loudly, artists protested, donated, and supported people to fight for justice some of these artists involve in the fight for justice for Floyd’s death include

Drake, The Weeknd, and Kanye West who put up big checks to various organizations, and thereby setting an example for the companies for other big companies and individuals to push for justice.

Political awareness and hip hop music:

Today hip hop artists have maximized their voice to influence the political aspect of the community.

Barack Obama US Senate candidate and Diddy had an interview, in the summer of 2004.

Barack Obama and Diddy Interview (2004)

About a year ago Cardi B had a one-on-one interview with Senator Bernie Sanders at The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to discuss the major issues facing our country.

Cardi B one-on-one interview with Senator Bernie Sanders

Finally, Activism awareness

Which consists of efforts to promote, impede, direct, or intervene in the social, political, economic affairs of a state.

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