Of course it’s! However, hip hop is not necessarily the cultural mainstream, hip hop is the mainstream. Just because its mainstream does not mean that it’s the mainstream everywhere else.
The other day I was asked if I could describe what the modern mainstream is. I couldn’t, and was unable even to articulate what it’s supposed to be. This is particularly the case for people who grew up in urban communities and who then moved on to towns and suburbs where things are different in terms of music, language and general way of life. However, hip hop doesn’t fit that category.
Today’s hip hop is anything but the “citizen-centric” genre that it was when I was a kid. We have this constant urge to take care of those who are different. It’s a survival imperative, and we are constantly telling our kids to take care of those with different skin tones.
In the olden days, when hip hop was seen as the only mainstream culture, those different racial groups that had a presence in the streets and in the media and culture would always have to be defended to keep the image of the white community intact. The “citizen-centric” mentality only encouraged the segregation between races.
Today hip hop is considered mainstream and has become this type of community. It became part of the way people understand what being black is, and also part of the way white people are able to understand black culture. For me, I consider hip hop to be mainstream. For a lot of minorities, this mainstreamment can be a real obstacle to becoming fully accepted as a minority culture.
I’ve been able to work my way back through this history and to understand some of the different factors that have allowed hip hop to become the cultural mainstream it is today. I’m just going to cover one in particular: black stereotypes.
Black stereotypes can play a huge role in keeping hip hop as the main cultural phenomenon it is today. For example, one of the most blatant black caricatures has to be the hip hop caricature and the stereotype of the thug. As I’ve learned more about this, I’ve become more and more disgusted with these stereotypical depictions of black people.
When I was growing up in New York City in the late 80’s, it was common to see police officers around all over the city, even outside of the ghetto. Many of them were middle-aged black fathers protecting their kids from kids who didn’t have the proper manners to be allowed to hang out in the
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