Kantian Theory

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In late 1970’s a new, popular form of urban youth culture emerged in the Bronx, New York which changed the look of popular music and American culture. During its development, hip-hop has become a vastly commercialized, inextricable component of popular American culture; however, it took the efforts of many pioneers and innovators to shape modern hip-hop culture and music. By exploring hip-hop’s origins, one can better understand its evolution and its positive influence on different social groups throughout the United States.

There are many misconceptions about what the term hip-hop means. Many believe hip-hop is synonymous for rap music; however, hip-hop encompasses all the cultural elements of... View More »

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Those within the rap subculture recognize and acknowledge that these problems exist.

As New York City expanded due to the influx of immigrants new forms of public transportation were required. Thus, in 1959 the New York Parks Commissioner Robert Moses began building an expressway through the heart of the Bronx (Rhodes). The result was the migration of middle-class Italian, German, Irish, and Jewish people from the neighborhood. African American and Hispanic families began moving into the vacated sections of the Bronx. Then, in 1968, Moses created 15,382 unit co-op apartment complexes eliminating the presence off a middle-class. Without middle class residents many landlords were forced to sell their buildings to “professional slumlords” leaving many vacated and rundown buildings. The Bronx was left in a deteriorated state; these destitute conditions instilled frustration within the impoverished communities.

Before hip-hop music was widespread, hip-hop’s other cultural aspects developed at the forefront of the popular culture around the Bronx. Graffiti played a significant role in helping define hip-hop culture in its early stages. Like many other elements of hip-hop’s history, the direct roots of the graffiti movement are unclear. Although graffiti had existed for a long period of time, it developed into a significant art form. It was not until 1969 that graffiti began to materialize as a new form of expression for New York youths.

A Greek teenager from New York named Demetrius is attributed with making graffiti famous, after he began spraying his tag name “TAKI ...

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