READINGRESPONSE ON HIP HOP’S MOTHER
HIPHOP’S MOTHER (READING RESPONSE)
Somescholars claim that Hip Hop music originated from Black Americans,but my points of disagreement are the facts that they neglect theevident Caribbean’s, Whites, Latos contributions in the nascentperiods of such art1.In my view, the determination of the originalism and identity of HipHop music from a specified community in the U.S should depend on theability of a researcher to align holistic historical and aestheticinformation of such race to the entire music genre. The responsepaper, therefore, analyses the article on foundational argumentsconcerning the originalism of Hip Hop in the U.S disagree or agreewith the author.
Perrypinpoints out varied characteristics to back his assertion that rapmusic originated from the Black Americans. The features are AfricanAmerican Vernacular English as the primary language in rap music aswell as the ascription of oral cultural forms and political locationof the music to the Blacks2.However, I disagree with the author because Hip Hop reflectsmulticultural and multiracial backgrounds which are beyond both colorconsciousness and political location. Interestingly, the languagethat artist used is in itself a hybrid of the vernacular of theBlacks and English therefore, its originality cannot reflect onerace. Moreover, there are numerous and divergent languages andpolitical ideologies in Africa making it impossible to bring aboutparticular music genre such as Hip Hop. In summary, my perception isunlike that of Perry which states that rap music originated from theBlack Americans, but I accept that Blacks have made an essentialcontribution to the music genre.
ImaniPerry. Prophetsof the hood: Politics and poetics in hip hop.Duke University Press, 2004.
1 Perry Imani. Prophets of the hood: Politics and poetics in hip hop (Duke University Press, 2004), 9-12
2 Perry Imani. Prophets of the hood: Politics and poetics in hip hop…10-14