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When Hip-Hop first emerged in the late 1970s it was far from the thriving genre we know today. It’s origins stem into some of the poorest areas of New York and most prolifically the Bronx’s. The cultural art form was developed by mostly African American and Latino Teenagers as a musical outlet from the turmoil and hardship of their daily lives. The art form first heavily relied on having a prolific DJ to match the rapper often referred to as MC’s, focusing on the two to quickly connect and be in sync with each other was crucial. The most notable of these “founding fathers” of the art form that developed it into what it is today, Grand Master Flash and the Furious 5 who used revolutionary techniques of mixing beats and other songs together …show more content…
This isn't to say that the Rap industry has always been about materialism, Rap has also been used as an art form for non physical protest and as a display of cultural oppression, groups such as Public Enemy and their song “Fight the power”, and N.W.A and their song “F**k that Police”, These songs were made with the intention to spark interest from the audience as they contemplate the content of the lyrics and they're meanings which mostly had political or social views. the following study will assess the current state of materialistic lyrics evident in Rap …show more content…
The performance was written based upon the actions following the Ferguson protests after the death of multiple african americans due to police brutality. The song begins with J Cole using a 2 line rhyming scheme matching the syllables used every second line.

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