Reading Response : Black cultural Traffic
Accept or Keep : Globalization of culture
Many people consider Hip hop as music of Black people even if there are Hip hoppers from other ethnics. The reason people think like the way is that those kinds of music-Hip hop, rap, DJ, and B-Boy-came into the world with Black history. There are various theories about how hip-hop has been started, but it is clear that Black people have developed the music.
Music represents culture and the ethnicity of the people. Therefore, you can imagine how those people have lived when you listen to certain music. Historically, African Americans were brought to America as slaves. They had no way to express their feeling, so they created songs with their own style that was spontaneous and bold. After Emancipation, there were still racial discriminations to African Americans. It led to the advance of Black music that describes Black people’s emotion such as resistance to racism and frustration against society. Black music reflects history of Blacks, culture of Blacks, and feelings of Blacks. Hip-hop is the one of the kind of music. The lyrics of it usually illustrate criticism about society, self-respect, and resistance.
Now, globalization has been in progress and cultures have also globalized. Hip-hop was exported to other foreign countries and loved by people from all over the world. It is popular even in countries in Asia. Then, Hip-hop has become international culture and is influential in the world. In the reading, the writer says, “The result is that U.S. black American culture continues to be mired in social narratives of “blackness” that proliferate multidimensionally in the international arena, commingling with other countries’ issues of social marginality.” I agree with the opinion because new Hip-hop songs have been made in various countries and people from other countries express their own feelings and their unique social marginality in their songs.
The examples of the youth in Brazil and the Caribbean in the reading were very interesting. These show how cultural connections between black American youth and hip-hop youth of other ethnicities are made. Brazilian and Caribbean accept Hip-hop culture as their own culture and make new types of hip hop. I thought these were perfect examples of Global Hip-hop.
However, I want to point out the problem of Global Hip-hop. Hip-hop is getting mingled and modified. I am worried how many people would remember what original Hip-hop was. The writer says “Hip-hop has benefited from systemic changes over time in various societies absorbing the African diaspora.” However, I do not think Hip-hop has benefited from the changes, but damaged by them. Accepting cultural diversity is important, but it is much more important to keep one’s identity. Recent Hip-hop that is transformed will give confusion to our next generation.
Question 1) What do you think the future of Hip-hop will be?
Question 2) How does Hip-hop look like in your country? Is any particular characteristic of your own culture reflected in Hip-hop in your country? Also, please share your opinion about it.