Are the Olympics worth debt, deception, and loud horns? As humans, we are prone to appreciate people deemed relatable, because they’re a crucial representative of something close to your heart, or so. If you surmise a contest with predisposed teams, categorized by a common trait, and participants representing each team, you will find, at the very least, an extensive amount of people who will automatically love the person in front and their group’s ideology. You can try to describe this theme in human nature as evolutionary. “Oh, this is my team? Our leader is strong but eats the majority of our food? Well, at least I’m eating.” said the primitive man. I can’t blame them. With each century, this occurrence in bandwagoning decreased with the intent of survival. Everybody began to consume more food and pick up their silverware with pleasure — although the process wasn’t instant– so victims of moxie decreased, and our intent to grow temporary self-esteem increased. Look at Greece, they ran the streets with their age of fire, they held the earliest Olympics, they had art, and they had the buffest philosophers. Honestly, how much low-class screams were present because one their folks were lion taming — excluding their possible anticipation of someone dying? A lot, maybe.

Something which relates to today’s society is the question of how America will react in 2028. 2028 will be the year.`

Consumers of the Internet Age

There are many names for fans of underground or non-mainstream music. Some labels are made by the will of the very people they are describing. Ironically, this isn’t the case most of the time. You see, throughout the years, there has been a stigma of mainstream music, music which is deemed popular by streams, sales, or radio play. My question is: why? Most importantly, did the internet lead to the floodgates of music snobs and stay-at-home critics?

 

Let us go back in time to the early and mid-90s. In particular, I will examine the rap collective known as Three6Mafia. Three6Mafia are a southern rap-group whose names still stand the test of time as they are credited as “starting” a flow which is commonly known as the ‘Migos Flow’ [musical triplets]. Yes, they have influence. However, the only time they ever peaked at the everyman’s interest was on January 26, 2008. This date would mark Mafia’s highest charting song, Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body. Personally, what occurred on this day is nothing but impressive and exhibits the power of accessibility. The compelling factor is that this occurred nearly three decades after their first album release. Evidently, the main culprits are both snobs and critics. Why?

 

Music, in modern day America, is very abrasive, youthful, poppy, and explicit with this comes abrasive, youthful, poppy, and explicit consumers that go off on what they hear based on the terminology and culture, and that is who they are

 

 

Hip-Hop’s Influence on Politics and Culture

The album cover of Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly.

To Pimp A Butterfly is an album released by Compton-native Kendrick Lamar Duckworth — better known as K-Dot or, simply, Kendrick Lamar. Now, how does this album correlate to the title of this post? Well, we must look back at the years 2013 through 2015. These are considered to be very crucial years for not only Hip-Hop but for race-relations and advocacy against police brutality. The manner of which this album ties into these sensitive, grating topics is like syrup on early-morning pancakes. To Pimp A Butterfly is a grounded yet complex work of art which touches on suicide, depression, financial security, black-on-black crime, racism, self-doubt, faith, poverty, and much more. This album, through astounding backgrounds — the successor to his first major-label album Good Kid m.aa.d city, the result of trips to South Africa, and experiences inside of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. Quickly, this album opened gateways and pushed Hip-Hop into politics again, along with efforts from Killer Mike, activist and even one of Bernie Sander’s biggest supporters, and many other rappers.

Let’s think back o July of 2015, where a  young 14-year-old was arrested for alleged public intoxication. This caused outrage for the attendees of Cleveland’s BLM, Black Lives Matter, conference. After hours of confrontation, police began using pepper spray. What the activists did after would perk the ears of every Hip-Hop enthusiast around the world. Almost rhythmically,  the lyrics of ‘Alright’ were chanted all across the streets of Cleveland. Alright, a song depicting the strife of being a black man in this society, began receiving a whole new attraction and reputation. It did not stop there. Former President Obama stated his favorite song of 2015 was ‘How Much A Dollar Cost’, another song off of Kendrick’s album.  So, whether a rapper performs in The White House or earns 7 grammies, Hip-Hop is here. Hip-Hop is just powerful. Hip Hop is art.