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RAP MUSIC Popular culture is defined as the ordinary culture people make for themselves McLeish 1993 From the nineteenth century onward the term popular culture took on new meaning referring to pop culture as somewhat beneath higher culture 1993 In other words things that the common people enjoyed were looked down upon as opposed to say opera cricket or intellectual pursuits Popular culture belonged to the common man whereas the higher forms of entertainment were enjoyed by the upper crust High culture is what those with refined tastes like 1993 Popular culture includes things enjoyed by the masses 1993 Such pursuits might include bowling baseball rock music and movies Yankelovich Clancy Shulman says that most of todays pop culture reflects neotraditionalism or a synthesis of positive aspects of traditional values along with personal freedoms that came forth in the wake of the sexual revolution and womens rights movements Huey 1991 In order to understand pop culture one must understand the difference between culture and counterculture 1991 The dominant culture embraces normative behavior whereas a counterculture develops its own set of rules Ordinarily pop culture breaks barriers and springs from discontent rap music emerged from the ghettos where life is tough 1991 Rap music certainly falls into the category of popular culture but has quite a bit of significance In fact rap music or hip-hop is a genre that originated in the seventies in New York City Columbia 1993 The term rap emanated from sixties lingo the word rap meaning conversation 1993 In the sixties and seventies people would have rap sessions as opposed to group counseling for example Rap music consists of chanted street poetry that is often improvised 1993 The rap is accompanied by music in the disco or funk area 1993 While some admire the creativity that rapers employ others criticize the genre for promoting violence and misogyny 1993 Rap music has found its way onto mainstream pop radio stations as
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