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The aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement dropped a seed on American soil in the mid-1970s that grew rapidly into an enormous beanstalk in the backyard of the ghettos As it began sprouting hip-hop appeared beautiful and full of remedy for the poverty African-American communities endured The Black Power and Black Arts Movements were in full swing and a promising rhythm was pounding in the urban landscape of New York What was this hip-hop though It was an attitude a way of life a style of thinking walking talking and dressing Beyond music it was a culture encompassing four main elements Dejaying or Turntablism Emceeing Breakdancing and Graffiti Its main purpose was to unify people through lyrics that reflected real life issues the rest of the community could relate to In addition to that it was used as a political tool to raise awareness about the living conditions in the ghettos Social power was also a significant aspect of hip-hop and winning a freestyle battle was simultaneously followed by confidence which was key to survival in the ghetto but today one wrong word could mean someones life The 90s introduced to the world hip-hops evil twin a similar yet distinct class of hip-hop called rap Rap music destroyed the original concept of unifying people and raising awareness about the ghettos and only amplified the social power aspect of the formula It seems as if we are caught in the middle of a cannibalistic melee where almost every rapper is only concerned with making profit by any means necessary as rap ravages through the sky with jagged thorns and a repulsive aroma of corporate greed Most people find this new image appealing and true hip-hop has already been brainwashed out of their minds So does this mean true hip-hop is gone forever The beanstalk of hip-hop still exists however it has been genetically modified to be more prosperous to entrepreneurs and the fans are not climbing
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