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Afterstudying the course, I have developed a deeper understanding of mymusic choices and preferences. Although hip-hop has the changed, thelate 1980s to the mid-1990s was a different era that shaped hip-hopto a very significant extent(Baszile,2009). Since then hip-hop has been characterized by sensationalismand violence. For example, it was common to hear rappers sing abouttheir rap slinging prowess and misogyny. It was also common to heara rapper praise women in one song and insult them in another song.Though I like hip-hop, but I subconsciously associate it withviolence and being tough. I have always thought hip-hop belongs toAfrican Americans. When I see a white rapper, I am usually temptedto question why they are singing it in the first place. Thesefeelings faded away when I first listened to Eminem. Eminem had allthe qualities that I thought a rapper should have except that he waswhite. But the positive aspect about is that he did and does stillraps exceptionally well.

WhileI adored hip-hop and associated with African-American culture, Ioften thought rock is the opposite of hip-hop. Rock, especially hardmetal is mostly white-dominated. Last year I attended, rock concertin Miami. In mind, I had images of white rock stars juggling a myriadof instrumentals. To my dismay, the lead artist in the band was ablack upcoming rockstar. The rest were mixed: three black vocalists,three males, and six instrumentalists. Since then, I do not associatemusic with race regardless of cultural roots. I prefer hip-hop toother music genres, but I also listen to other genres.


Baszile,D. T. (2009). Deal with it we must: Education, social justice, andthe curriculum of hip hop culture. Equity&amp Excellence in Education,42(1), 6-19.

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