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Black ink : Black Student Movement, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. online resource ([Chapel Hill, N.C.]) 1969-current, December 01, 1998, Image 14

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^+^V^Ai By Torise Battle A young African-American man walks into the local music store. As he looks around at the different categories of music, he is drawn to one area of the store sections labeled rap, Hip- Hop, and R&B. Here he finds his favorite artists, the Notorious Mary J. Blige and Boyz II Men, to name a few. Although he later checks out the rock, alterna tive, and easy listening sections, his attention is focused on the rap, Hip- Hop, and R&B music. This scenario is not uncom mon, for Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B are among the top choices in music. In fact, on the Billboard 200 chart for October 24, 1998, Jay-Z’s latest album “Hard Knock Life” held the number one position followed by Lauryn Hill, Bizzy Bone, Outkast, Kurupt, and Kirk Franklin rounding out the top ten. In essence, six out of the top ten slots and thirty per cent of the top 100 albums were from either Rap, Hip-Hop, or R&B artists (not to mention the various movie soundtracks that feature some of these same artists). So why has America embraced these types of music and what makes them stand out from all the rest? It all began when Africans were brought to the United States as slaves. Although the slave master’s took away all of our ancestors tan gible possessions, they were not able to take away the rich African culture embedded in the hearts of the slaves. Part of that rich heritage was found in music, which the slaves used as secret codes for the Underground Railroad, stories, and entertainment. The tradition of musical heritage has survived throughout past centuries and has developed into major art forms for the African-American community. Like our ancestors’ music. Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B contain the unique beats, rhythms, and har monies that are not usually found in other forms of music. These aspects set our music apart from other styles of music forms. We are drawn to the difference because we have an inherent sense that makes it appeal to us. Not only does this music appeal to African Americans, but Caucasians, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups enjoy it, too. The unusual interpretation of Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B make them kings in the universal language of music. Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B also appeal to listeners because they do exactly what our African ancestors did through their music. These types of music serve as codes, stories and entertainment. Rapper Jay-Z relates to the experi ences of the African-American community when he explains the trials of the “Hard Knock Life”, and multi-talented artist Lauryn Hill educates about the ways of Black women and men in her latest album entitled “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Marvin Gaye, The Staple Singers, Chuck D, and Tupac Shakur all created music that not only entertained, but informed, enlightened, and inspired their lis teners to take a bad situation and turn it into a better one. Thanks to our African ancestors. Rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B are forms of music that reach out to everyone. Although entertaining, these musical genres tell us how to live, love, and learn in present-day America. People of all races and nationalities are attracted to our beats and lyrics, and we, as well, choose rap, Hip-Hop, and R&B as our first choices for our musical lis tening. ^ 14 Black Ink

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