30 Nov '17, 5pm
A beginner's guide to Gangsta Rap:
This is the importance of gangsta rap today. While it can be fun to indulge in the comic book-esque violence of N.W.A, Wu-Tang Clan and their various members’ solo projects, gangsta rap’s power comes from the platform it gave to a section of society most of America was perfectly happy to ignore. Gangsta rappers found a way to turn their often horrific life experiences into a means of escaping from them, often lifting their friends and family out with them. As Ice-Cube points out in his track “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” the violence gangsta rap is so frequently criticized for is violence that stems from the needs of survival. Compared to the promotion of gun-ownership by the white middle class in the U.S , it seems that criticisms of violence in gangsta rap by the establishment are at best hypocritical, and at worst racist.