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Criteria for Gangster Rap.

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Media Studies Criteria for Gangster Rap Essay Alex Wiltshire Gangster Rap, a style of music associated with urban street gangs of America, portraying gang culture (violence, drugs, guns, women etc). It is often criticised for glorifying messages of violence, homophobia, misogyny and racism. But rappers defend themselves by saying all they are doing is using music to make people aware of the reality of inner city life. An example of art reflecting life. Rappers are both praised for their incredible lyricism and criticised for the messages they perceive. Gangster Rap is thought originated from the West Coast of America. Ice T, born in L.A is credited as the first gangster rapper, producing his first songs around 1987. During the early 1980's Hip-hop was dominated by the East Coast in places such as New York and Philadelphia, while Ice T gained underground fame in the West and soon had success all over America. ...read more.

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which is all reality to people living in urban ghettos where the majority of gangster rappers originate. This is evident in their lyrics, for example lyrics from Coolio's song 'Gangsta's Paradise', "You better watch how you talking, and where you walking, Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk" This plainly shows the level of violence involved in the industry and that violence and death are results of rivalry. Another example, "Death ain't nothing but a heartbeat away..." This once again shows that he is aware and making others aware that death occurs regularly in the industry and Ghetto life. In rappers lyrics they speak about stopping the violence and crime in inner cities but for most of them they are causes of it. Tupac was seen as a contradictive character, on one side he talked and rapped about stopping the suffering and on the other he admitted he turned to crime to survive his so called 'Thug Life'. ...read more.

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A simple cause but he spent his life fighting for it but many people believed he fought for it the wrong way. Rappers today still rap talk about ghetto life and the struggle but also brag about the money they make and the women they can have. Nowadays they are more idolised by people for the things they have achieved, for example 50 Cent a gangster rapper from the ghettos of New York is now a multi millionaire and can afford to move out of the ghetto but he still lives the ghetto life, he is still involved in the violence and rivalry which comes with the status. But because he has risen from the ghetto and made millions he is an inspiration for not just people that live in the inners cities but for higher-class people. Because of this Gangster Rap nowadays appeals not just to black people but white people aswel in particular white teenagers and because of the huge following of white teenagers they are now a huge target audience for artists. ...read more.

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