Vision of America

Visionof America

Visionof America

Itis claimed music is food for the soul. This not only shows how musicis an essential part of the human species but, also how music hasbecome a part of the human culture. Scholars around the globe haveattempted to define the term music. However, many differentdefinitions music is a human art that forms a direct link tosociety`s` culture (Hunter, 2008). Music has been termed to be acombination of sounds, which are appealing in nature and expressesthe thought of mind.

Thehuman mind has been said to react in a certain way towards music. Anindividual is said to recognize that music that, is related to theculture of the individual. The individual may fail to recognize musicthat is of another culture`s origin, but will remember the music thatmarries the individual`s culture.

Oneof the biggest impacts of music to society`s culture is the birth andera of gangster rap and the west coast hip hop. In 1986, ComptonCalifornia, a group called the N.W.A came out with a song &quotfuckthe police.&quot Where the expressed their deep hatred to the policesystem. Although the song was banned in most of the American radiostations, it had already sold 10 million copies in America. This wasfollowed by the different protest in America, against policebrutality and the oppression of the black man.

Thissong was embraced by all the individuals of the hip hop culture inAmerica it became slang in the country and all over the world. Notonly does the society relate to the music or the lyrics but also asense of dressing and way of life. Music becomes a key factor in thedifferent modes of dressing, in a defined way music moves theculture.

Duringthis period, it is recognized that the fight for the oppression ofthe black man had hit the political state of the country. Also, thesong related to the global society symbolically, therefore givingpeople a sense of belonging and a desire to fight back to the whiteman.


Hunter,P. G. (2008). Mixed Affective responses to music and conflict issues.Condition and Emotion, 327-352.