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Faculty Mentors

Dr. Beauty Bragg

Abstract

Is hip hop dead? We began to ask ourselves this question many years after the hip hop culture emerged. Due to the sudden shift in function from social protest and community building to gross commercialism, the images of black masculinity within the hip hop world began to change, and people began to wonder about the viability of hip hop’s existence. But how can an entire culture that is ever changing and constantly shifting be cast to an eternity of non-existence? The question in itself would imply that those who critique the hip hop cultural form have the power to give it life or death. On the contrary, the very reason hip hop lives today is because of the artists and their critiques on society. Only when the two stop working in conjunction with each other will hip hop “die” so-to-speak.

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