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Rap music is truly an American minority artist creation of which students need to be proud Unfortunately rap music is not perceived by many Americans as an art form but as a fad which they hope will soon fade away One of my intentions with my unit is to show that rap music is not a fad but a musical art form that has been around for over 20 years in the United States In fact one can trace the history of rap back to the West African professional singersstorytellers known as Griots However it is not my intention to discuss in my unit the connection between the Griots and American rap music Although I will assign my students the task of doing a brief report on the African Griots prior to beginning my unit to help illustrate to my students that rapping has a long and illustrious history I strongly suggest that anyone using my unit do the same My unit is intended for middle school or high school students who are studying American history One can not study American rap music without studying what is known as the Hip Hop culture Rap is an integral part of this subculture that did not evolve or exist in isolation from its other major components Thus one of my unit objectives will be to not only discuss and study rap music but also the other major parts of this subculture Hip Hop culture was also comprised of graffiti break dancing and the attitude and dress of the people who subscribed to the mores and traditions of this subculture Another objective of my unit will be to examine the influence Jamaican music had on American rap music Finally I intend to examine some of the major American rap artists and their styles and the technology which played a major role in the evolution of rap music in the United States According to my research all sources
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