POP SUBCULTURE ESSAY
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.
The 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.