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Rap Musicians and The American Dream

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Eric Munsey

on 6 February 2014

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Rap Musicians and The American Dream
Obstacles faced by Rap Musicians
The new sound being created in the inner cities was not being adored by mainstream music. The Hip Hop Rap Artists were not seen or taken serious. It was looked upon as an urban sound or "fad" that had no where to go.
They had to do it all on their own with little to no help from anyone in mainstream music.
Most Hip Hop Rap Artists were often hanging around the wrong group for them to be successful (Drug dealers, Vandals, Gangs, etc...) Their image needed changing.
Process of the American Dream
"There is a sense amongst many that Hip Hop provides a way to immediate success in ways that other occupations cannot." (www.examiner.com)
They start with a simple idea of either their life or the condition of a city, state or country. they write it down, build on it, mix a beat and they record to give it to any and every record label that will listen.
Time Period of Struggles
Modern from of Rap and Hip Hop was born in the 1970s in the South Bronx of New York City
Rap faced their struggles in the very beginning due to the uncertainty of a new genre and very little exposure except for the clubs and street parties in New York
The economic situation in the late 1970's and early 1980's was difficult. Most middle class families were moving out of the inner cities and into the suburbs and the lower class/poor families were moving into cities and neighborhoods were becoming rougher. This type of movement was called urban decay. (Wooster University)
Often given a bad reputation because of their vulgar language and how they act in public.
Trying to accomplish their own version of the American Dream.
Tough Childhood
Little to no father figure in picture
Few positive male role models
Rap about personal situations.
Telling stories

Results of Rappers
"Sean Carter (Jay-Z) was named to 2010 Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest people as he continues to challenge the notions of the limitations of a Hip Hop artist by making bold and calculated moves both musically and economically." (www.examiner.com)
The best examples would have to be Eminem (Marshall Mathers) and 50 Cent. They both came from a rough background of not having a father figure in their lives. They also constantly were fighting the low income life of being involved with gangs and drugs.
Eminem was taken under the wing of Dr. Dre and moved to California and 50 Cent was heard by a record company while he was in jail and performed in a club where his best friend was going to kill him.
Definition of American Dream
Rap musician's definition of the American Dream was no different than entrepreneurs everywhere. They were trying to make a name for themselves. They had a vision and the means to make that vision into a reality.
Their goal was to take the neighborhood sound and grow their own legacy so that America will always know them as not just as great rap artists, but a group of musicians that led the charge to bring hip hop and rap to the mainstream.
Early Hip Hop Rappers
Sugar Hill Gang
DJ Kool Herc
Afrika Bambaattaa
Grand Master Flash
Russell Simmons
Kurtis Blow
LL Cool J
Greenburg, Zack. "Cash Kings 2013: The World's
highest paid hip hop artists." Forbes.com., 24Sept. 2013. Web. 3 Feb 2014.

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