When my tutor Travis exclaimed “The music you listen to now, won’t exist in 10 years”, I couldn’t help but disagree.
In one of Hip-Hop’s most famous songs Juicy, Biggie Smalls raps, “You never thought Hip-Hop would take it this far.” And that’s the thing, no-one thought Hip-Hop would become such a global commodity but its evolved into something so much bigger than a few artists. It’s a culture. Its framed itself differently across the generations to attract more and more fans before becoming what it is today – the biggest genre in today’s music.
The news and entertainment media’s perception of Hip-Hop has also changed as it was initially portrayed in a negative light but has now become more accepted as its cultural dominance cannot be ignored. My remediation for this week’s topic investigates how Hip-Hop grew into the mainstream by changing its framing as a genre. Check it out below!
Straight up, this is amazing. As a big hip-hop/rap fan, you have effectively shown me a framing of hip hop, some of which I had never even known or actively thought about. I similarly would agree with you in the stead navigation of hip-hop in the charts through history, it is not one what is going to disappear, especially not in 10 years. However there could be sub-genres that may vanish, much like when hip-hop attempted to become pop now simply leaving songs of which to reminisce but not to be recreated. This could happen to the sub-genre of mumble rap with artists such as 6ix9ine, however I guess we will have to wait and see. Also I would just like to add, I really enjoyed the way you ended your remediation with the new starting country rap mashed genre that is beginning to assemble, as you bring in a very contemporary example, one of which did receive backlash and not entire accepted, much like hip-hop its self!!
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I don’t know if mumble rap will vanish, as it’s really a huge part of Trap Hip-Hop now but as you say we will have to wait and see. Thanks for your comment!
Frank, Being a huge fan of the genre also this was a well constructed take on “framing and perception”. While Rap and Hip-Hop as a whole is still perceived by Early Gen X’rs and boomers as “crap”, looking at the numbers which rappers can pull with new releases it can be argued that Hip-Hop is the new pop. The extremely current relation to Lil Nas X can also be relayed to this.
I spoke about in my blog “The ability to master perception and framing can alter one’s perspective completely”. The content in which hip-hop artists rap about can continue to hinder this but the overall perception will continue to shift through generations, being more positive… hopefully.
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