Wednesday, February 22, 2017

From Gansta Rap to James the Mormon-there is something for everyone

Like I said in my previous post, music is everywhere. I love music because it can speak volumes(elaborate). I sometimes veer towards music that has a melody and some rap. Rap is a sub-genre of hip-hop and Gangsta is a sub-genre of rap. I will be clumping all genres of rap together for the purpose of my blog post today.
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Freaks N Geets
 For the most part, Brumment says that rap has been a genre for African Americans.  When you think of rap and hip-hop there are usually 'visual and verbal' cues that tend to steer you in that direction. In Brummett's words, "Gangsta invites us to think that, whatever it says and shows, it is about African Americans". History would support this as well, but there have been a couple different exceptions to rap in general.
Tellin You Y
Workin Feat. Davfid Archuleta
Brummett names Vanilla Ice and Eminem as some popular non-African American rappers. I want to expand and introduce another more recent exception to the gangsta rap norm, James The Mormon(JTM). When looking up Gangsta rap on Youtube, it actually came up with JTM and a song from Ed Sheeran's Shape of You. Weird right? I think that artists like these bring something new into the mix of rap and hip-hop.

According to Brummett, rap has had some bad connotations associated with it. It has been associated with racism and seems to have promoted racist stereotyping in the past. In recent years, however, rap artists have been featured in pop songs and visa versa. This has helped expose them to a wider audience and change the typical stereotype. I think that we are seeing this change in rap culture and with new artists popping up.

What do you think?
Can all rap be clumped into one genre?
How is the rap scene changing?

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