Linguistics in Hiphop

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No matter how much hip-hop attempts to elevate, it remains shackled to cliche (Bigger than Hip-hop, 4). Rap and violence continues to be linked in the media. Depending on your perspective, it is a violent, misogynist, profane genre, a commercially successful, mainstream musical style, a form of underground cultural expression, the word on the streets from a ghetto perspective, a grassroots-level political and social movement, or some or all of the above (Bigger than Hip-hop, 1)...
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However, it is an art form that accurately reports "the nuances, pathology and most importantly, resilience of Americas next best secret?..the black ghetto" (Dawsey, 1994). Hip-hop/rap culture is a resistance culture. Thus rap music is not only an African American expressive cultural phenomenon; it is at the same time, a resisting discourse, a set of communicative practices that constitute a text of resistance against White America's racism and its Eurocentric cultural dominance (Smitherman, 7)...
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