Pros and Cons of Hip Hop

Hip Hop, the alleged art form that includes rap, break dancing and drawing graffiti, is to the uninitiated, such as me, a cultural chasm as impossible to understand as it is to appreciate.

I will try. Remember. I’m a middle-aged white man who as a kid


watched Roy Rogers on TV. But I supported the Civil Rights Act. So, if we’re from different planets, try to understand at least before you call me a racist.

What are the pro and cons?

First of all, do you believe art is anything you say it is?

What if I recorded myself burping? Then sold that record to a fool who bought it, took it home and played it, hearing my burping. If enough fools buy it—–it’s art.

I could charge you $25.95 to listen to me belch.

Back to Hip Hop.

To break dance, you have to be limber, and thus young. That’s a pro. If a policewoman who weighs 250 pounds comes to hassle you, you can easily outrun her.

That’s a pro too.

According to a Hip Hop website, break dance began as a form of fighting among revolting slaves (I assume they mean the slaves were rebelling against something, and not revolting in their personal habits…as in yuk!). This makes perfect sense to me, though how you can fight someone while spinning on your head is a little hard to envision.



According to proponents, Hip Hop has helped to curb inner city gang violence. If that’s true, great. A pro (it may also encourage indolence and loitering on street corners).

A slogan on one of the Hip Hop websites proclaimed, “It ain’t where ya’ from, it’s where ya’ at.”

Hip Hop must then, I assume, promote incorrect usage and fracturing of the English language—and thus ignorance.

That’s a con.

Rapping—-most white Americans are familiar with. Now, I have to be honest here and politically incorrect. I hear rap and it reminds me of the ravings of a lunatic in an asylum.


I wouldn’t mind it except when I stop my car at a stoplight and the guy next to me has rap playing real loud on his car stereo. I start to fidget and get angry, usually mumbling something like “brainless” as the light turns green.

That’s a con—at least for me.

Deejaying, or “cuttin’” and “scratchin’” as it’s known in the hip lexicon, is toying with a recording so that it makes a strange sound. This, psychologically, seems to fulfill the desire some have that “if it’s new, or different, it’s good.” For example, I could eat a plate of beans, play a Mozart record in the background and record myself breaking wind over Mozart.

That would certainly be a different interpretation—a new twist.

The newness of Hip Hop is definitely a pro. But earlier use of the word “rebellion” is key. Hip Hop is a rebellion against the accepted norms of white culture by young unemployed people in poor urban areas hanging out on street corners—a pro or con depending on which side of the fence you’re on.

There is something particularly fascinating to me about American values, and Hip Hop fits right in. This is a country that worships money and success above all else. Yet, our emerging cultural icons come from the most (economically) disadvantaged areas.

4 Responses to “Pros and Cons of Hip Hop”

  1. Debony Brooks says:

    idk i dont thynk dat it all cumz down 2 da money it has 2 du wit wat u truely love lyk me i truely love 2 dance nd if i didnt get paid 4 it den datz fine i jus want 2 people 2 c wat i can du nd dat im not jus a troubled kid datz lukin 4 away 2 screw thyngz up i acutally aint a bad person i du mak gud choices…i have jus made sum bad onez 2 along da way…

  2. Tyler B. says:

    and that’s real statistics, look it up if you really want too know. I don’t think you’re racist just a bit ignorant. Hiphop is a blessing to many and truthfully more white people buy into it than black people music is art, I’m no fan of country or mozart for that matter; even taking that into consideration it doesn’t make it any more our less an artisan genre than rap..I can’t help but wonder if your a fan of poetry and if you are it sucks that you don’t seen to understand rap is poetry in may not like the message (truthfully I don’t care for it all that much either) but not every rapper is from the hood or ghetto or ignorant likewise with any other culture. There are conscious rappers there the ones that don’t met the status quo..try listening to lupe fiasco, lauryn hill, or common. It has nothing to do with specifically poor or black people anymore..its actually very diverse. Perhaps you’ve only been exposed to the “status quo”and that’s fine but um I think it’d be a good idea to attend a convention or seminar that can further enhance what seems like a clouded view. You tube is great for that.
    As far as generalizations are concerned: seriously? not a fact in sight. Change comes in strides, if not we’d probably be stick in the muddle ages rocking to folk music and the sound of chunking metals lol
    It seems that you may have had a negative experience with the hiphop culture..that’s your business but don’t down the while movement because truthfully the entire entry is subjective not objective. Even I can see that and I’m only a teenager.

  3. Jessica Roberts says:

    I dont think you have the right idea. Hip Hop is a way to make yourself heard. People in the ghetto and on the streets know nothing else. They learned to make a rucuss to be heard. Thats how alot of people make their money and you basically just took a shit on their life’s work. I have alot of respect for people out there who maybe cant get a job, and work their asses off. You aren’t in their place, so how would you know what’s really going on? Take a trip down to the ghetto and see for yourself before you put a label on them.

  4. I'm Just saying says:

    These pros and cons are all opinion based. Thus , this whole blog is flawed.In addition , where is your information to back up each claim you made?

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