Music Identity and stereotypes

When it comes to music identity and stereotypes,one of the biggest factors that play a role in these acts is social networking. On these social networking cites, the biggest topics that are talked about are music and movies (67%). So, today I will be talking about how music videos and movies play a key role in music identity and stereotypes.  Over the years music videos have greatly evolved. They have come from people dancing in front of a green screens with poor effects, to now having borderline movie productions for just one four minute song.  Yet, the thing to be recognize is that stereotypes about music can be traced back very far, and the fact is that artist today are just upping and adding onto the stereotypes in there own videos. Moreover, in movies certain genres are portrayed in one main view

This is very evident when it comes to rap music. Research has shown that people stereotype others who listen to rap music with being associated with violence, black, does drugs and alcohol, and is extraverted. Now lets see why this is.

In this video, there are clear stereotypical representations of rap. Every person in the video is black.  There is a clear showing of the usage of marijuana and alcohol. And throughout the video there are multiple violent references made in the lyrics.

This video shows a scene in the movie Malibu’s Most Wanted of a rap battle. In this seen, it is obvious to see how the movie is showing that stereotypically only black people listen to rap and actually know how to rap. Now the question is how do music videos and movies that portray certain music genres influence peoples identity? One way is through style of clothes that the artist wear. In the late 90’s early 2000’s, rappers wore a lot of baggie oversized cloths. After this people started taking this style into there own identity.

Speaking with Michael Davis about Music identity and stereotypes.

Example of the stereotypical rap music that Michael said he did not listen to.

                                                                                                                                            Works Cited
Cole, J. Forbidden Fruit. Rec. 14 June 2013. Roc Nation/Columbia, 2013. MP3.
Davis, Michael. Personal Interview. 18 Nov. 2013
Frith, Simon. Taking Popular Music Seriously: Selected Essays. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2007. Web. 3 Dec. 2013.
“Juicy J – Know Better Ft. Wiz Khalifa (Official Video).” YouTube. YouTube, 10 Nov. 2012. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.
Keef, Cheef. “3hunna.” Rec. 2012. Chee Keef. Young Chop, 2012. MP3.
“MALIBU’S MOST WANTED B-RAD’S RAP BATTLE! (EXPLICIT).” YouTube. YouTube, 03 Jan. 2009. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.
Rentfrow, Peter J. et al. “You Are What You Listen To: Young People’s Stereotypes about Music Fans.” Group Processes & Intergroup Relations 3rd ser. 12 (2009): 329-44. Web.
“Social Networking Popular Across Globe.” Pew Global Attitudes Project RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.
“Soulja Boy Ft. Mario – Soulja Girl.” Listen to at N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.

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