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Lecture 7

MUSI 2520 Lecture 7: lec 7

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beef=enemies Violence prevalent in hh did not originate in hh nor is it unique in american culture -rappers simply usurped something that had already been there for a very long time Foundations of violence Contextual false misogyny Fiction Extensive use of metaphors Metaphors used as modules for sociopolitical observation of fiction media/the silver screen -cowboys vs indans, mobsters, hustlers, dealers, gangs, scarface vs superfly -virtual reality vs real conflict -definition and comparion to video games -perceiptions and interpretations vs intentions (real/false beefs) -desensitization >enactment Gangsta rap-sub genre hh -genre established by rappers such as schoolly D and ICE-t Popularized in late 1980s byt groups like NWA In light of the attention Ice t and nwa attracted during this time, the genre soon established itself as the most commerically lucrative subgenre of hh The genres name comes from gangster, aka is westcoast hh and g-funk Gangsta rap characterized by lyrics that vary from accurate reflections to fictionalzed accounts of life on the streets, though some rappers associated with gangs like BC When discussing this genre it is important to consider some of the societal factors in play at the time such as the epidemic spread of crack cocaine throughout inner cities and the ffects of reaganomics leading to widespread inflation, which further led to the decay of the 1990s urban america during the late 1980s and early 1990s This in turn led the african american community to express its collective rage in aprt through music, west coast gangsta rap soon came to emphasize skills in the street as much if not more thann skills on the mic, as the need to keep it real blurred the line between the music business and the streets. Musically the origins of gangsta rap can be traced back to philadelphia, rapper schoolly d who established the archetype for gangsta rap with the track psk (what does it mean?) from his
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