Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hip-Hop Thru Her Eyes

The following is a heartfelt response to “Hip-Hop Thru My Eyes.” It was brilliantly written by my girlfriend, Ury Jerez. She reiterates some points I made and introduces her own reflections into the Hip-Hop discussion:

I completely agree with you Christian. Hip-Hop definitely “captures the soul and the struggle of the people of the ghetto.”

It has served as a tool for today’s generation of African Americans (and other minority groups) to portray the adversities being faced by people in the underprivileged “ghettos.”

Although Hip-Hop has been greatly criticized for its violent lyrics, artists such as Tupac Shakur have, indeed, used this form of oral communication to raise awareness about problems that affect the African American community.

In songs such as Words of Wisdom—which happens to be my favorite one of them all—Tupac openly discusses different forms of racial oppression, in addition to explicitly blaming the “system,” or government, for the inequalities among social classes. This song will always and forever occupy a very special place in my ipod.

And Tupac's music should certainly “be studied in classrooms, along side the sonnets of Shakespeare and the poetry of Langston Hughes.”

1 comment:

KiNeTiC said...

Miss Jerez, your insight on the magical genre that is Hip Hip is very inspirational and inviting. I hope to read some more very soon.