Tuesday, March 22, 2016



In these times of technology and social media moving so fast, by the time I am done explaining  about Pop- Subculture a new probably came out and  another died out. A  “popular subculture” is a cultural group that is in a larger culture, which most often it is having an exaggerating system of beliefs or interests at being different with those of the larger culture. In a  non-stereotype world, whom culture can not be ideally defined by geographical borders, race, age, or social class. A Subculture is a substitution of a culture replacing our modern parent culture, and a Pop Subculture is finding new creative ways and principles. One popular culture that has changed but still very active is “Hip-Hop”, it strongly alive in our society and definitely in our youth culture.
In this essay, I will discuss a background of my culture what I believe is a culture of me and my family. Although, my main topic  is “ popular subculture “  I think it helps to understand parts and values of the culture of hip hop especially in the rap music in today's world which has grown very popular with so many people. My outlook is “hip hop” as an African-American subculture, furthermore, I'm going to discuss how is not just for African American but where it began and  how it's becoming even more popular now with our youth. From the time Hip-Hop was, in the beginning, stages, it was used as the rebellion against those dominant white American society and which it was a form of creating a common Identity for young black Americans.
How I define a culture, is what we do within our family activities, our culture is based on what we do and what has happened in the past years has carried on through multiple generations. We constantly continue to grow as our culture keeps obtaining the same values or habits as in the past. I come from a Mexican culture so I believe I obtain two different cultures. We can have multiple cultures that are what comes to my mind as I was born and raised in San Jose, California, which I adapted to the culture around me the culture in my neighborhood and the culture in my family house. The culture in San Jose, the culture in California, let alone our culture in north California which is also known as the Bay Area. One can argue you should only be identified by one culture or one whom can only identify you with one culture. I tend to disagree with that idea when I go out of town people from a different city or a difference taken notice my different accent the way I talk the way I speak in slang, professionally or about sports. About twice a year I go on vacation to visit family in Los Angeles a quick example on how we speak with in Friends and young family is one word difference is saying heck of a crowd or a hell of a crowd you can here it sounds the same but when you hear people talking about that you can tell the “heck” comes from Southern California and using “hella” comes from Northern California. The word hella is used and is common between the young folks and people in their thirties around here in the Bay Area you actually can see it on t-shirts.  There is one t-shirt that made me laugh it had the word “hella” but hockey sticks created the 2 L's that's when I knew that this was a thing this is in our subcultures and southerners know this and they make fun of this and can identify us when we use this type of word when we’re their side of the state. Here is where you even could distinguish peoples like of  Hip-Hop and their local artist styles of music.
Subcultures tend to arise from a community of people, as an example in the early years hip hop was a subculture within the urban African American community, which in some believe is it community within the larger American society. Hip hop sometimes misunderstood and can be included in the community of people who are at the lower end of society hierarchy such as family from low-income young individuals and minorities. Although the ice is in the case of hip hop has little research to confirm the differential between the Office primarily because that of ethnic backgrounds or class differentiability and the music or audience are impossible  to identify. Some belief  is that young white Americans make up rap hip-hop music a majority portion of those who listen to hip-hop music and attend today's hip-hop concerts. Hip-Hop is considered “rap”  music, which there are two types of Poetry rap and gangster rap. Gangster rap can be known for a very violent type of expression through experiences in the ghetto low-income community. One well-known gangster rap music group is NWA  and message rap, you have artists like Tupac, Eminem and Lupe Fiasco who express themselves to ghetto poetry and political expressions of their neighborhood and how the world sees the minorities in the community. Rap poetry can come in various messages, for example; positive message through tough times, Tupac Shakur expresses that, “Remember one thing through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out. Keep your head up, and handle it.”(Tupac 94).

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Image result for nwa cartoonsThe roots of rap music go way back into some forms of political controversy and deals with the situations of the African American population in the United States.  In the eyes of hip hop the parental culture was more related to African American community then the working class community, even though you could include young Latinos and even white low-income families. Eminem is an example who listen to rap music and was able to express his hardship and feelings through the microphone. As a teenage dropout, Eminem verbally showed his passion through the language of rap. Even though rap was historically known to be performed by African Americans, this young full of anger white American kid was a special exception. His music liking was of NWA,  who was a highly hated controversial gangster rap group from Los Angeles. His music touches a lot of young white American kids hearts, whom they also understood as a white American coming from a broken while living in poverty. While Eminem was highly controversial, I admire him for his transition from gangster rap enthusiast to    a motivational rapper.In his song “Till I collapse”, he explains that “You gotta find that inner strength and just pull that shit out of you. And get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall on your face and collapse.” This is a song no matter what type of race, color or social class you come from, you could relate to his lyrics.

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