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Why Rap Music Is Considered To Be an Expressive Form of Language

Why Rap Music Is Considered To Be an Expressive Form of Language

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There is no doubt that music is a language which can be used to communicate with people from all around the world. Each genre has its own unique methodology of communicating about an era, an idea, an influence or social issue that has to be addressed. However, out of all the genres present in the industry today, rap is considered to be one of the most expressive forms of music.

This genre has been present for decades now and the world has witnessed the emergence of musicians who have taken rap to a whole different level. How can anyone forget the Tupac era? His music shed light on police brutality and other core social issues that were unaddressed by the media and society. During this era, the notorious B.I.G used his dark semibiographical lyrics to talk about violence and hardship. These musicians used their music to speak about social issues that needed to be addressed. Without their efforts, these issues would still be prevalent in our society today.

Furthermore, their music paved the way for artists all around the world to use their lyrics to support a positive agenda. Every year it seems that rappers are addressing social issues such as the Black Rights Movement. Artists such as Kendrick Lamar have used their music to voice how people are being treated differently because of their skin color, i.e. racism and color discrimination. Rap artists have continued to create audio symbols of liberation, resistance, and empowerment.

Rap Is Not Limited to Social Issues

Previously, rap was only used to speak about social issues such as gang violence, gun control, and other issues. However, now artists are even using rap to talk about religion. There are many artists such as Radikal Hughes, who has dedicated his music career to spreading Christianity. Radikal Hughes has used his music to talk to millions of people about the beautiful aspects of Christianity and has collaborated with renowned artist Viktory, who is another Christian rapper.

At the same time rappers, such as Kanye West, are using their music to support political agendas. He is not only using his lyrics to voice his ideology and political beliefs but is also using his social media presence to spread his message. It does not matter how controversial his beliefs might be, through his music he has the ability to speak to millions of people all around the world.

Furthermore, artists are also using their lyrics to battle with other artists using subliminal messages. For example, Nicki Minaj has been quite vocal with her lyrics as she continues to refer to Cardi B in her music. What makes these messages more effective is the fact that each artist mostly never name who the message is for.

So you might listen to a whole track without realizing that the song was dedicated to throwing shade on another artist. Due to the versatility that the rap genres provide, the artist will continue to speak through their music and will spread their message to millions of people.

How To Throw A Party Without Throwing Away Money

How To Throw A Party Without Throwing Away Money

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The holiday season ended faster than you could say, “Jingle bells!” Your inner party animal mourns the relatively sharp decline in social events. Your wallet, however, breathes a sigh of relief. Your marathon month of holiday merrymaking has thinned it out significantly.

Nonetheless, many more reasons to celebrate lie ahead including Super Bowl Sunday, graduation season, birthdays, engagements, long weekends, etc. Again, the inner party animal within and your wallet are in discord. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to party. The following money-saving options will help you minimize the expense and stress involved in throwing a party.

Reuse, Recycle, Redo

Start your party planning by writing a list of necessary items, and then take inventory of what you already have. Did you stockpile cookies, alcoholic beverages, or soft drinks during the holiday season? Use them at your party. You can also recycle or repurpose any party supplies or decorations leftover from previous events. Give these items new life by positioning them differently than you did before or coloring them.

Are you planning a theme party? Before selecting the theme, look through your closet for clothing that you can easily transform into a costume. For example, perhaps you have ripped jeans and enough hairspray to morph into a poster child of the 1980’s. In that case, opt for a decades or 1980’s theme to save money.

Serve Your Own Creations

Save money by preparing your own appetizers at home instead of buying them prepackaged. Don’t panic – this requires minimal skill in the kitchen. You can slice up a baguette for a simple crostini or bruschetta with your choice of toppings. Bread-based appetizers cost very little, taste great, and are sure to satisfy your guests’ appetites. If you happen to have a home garden, you can also serve vegetables with dip for even more bang with less buck.

Alcohol arguably eats up the largest portion of a party budget. However, you can easily whittle down this expense by making your party BYOB. Invite your guests to bring their own booze instead of bringing a gift. With a little more time and patience, you can even brew your own beer. True, this requires an upfront investment in a brewing kit and other supplies, but you will ultimately pay only a half (or even less) of what it costs to purchase most name brand beers. If the thought of drinking beer repulses you, buy an inexpensive wine and whatever fruit is in season for a basic sangria.

Have Free Fun

You don’t need to rent a bounce house or hire a live band to ensure your guests have a good time. You can plan simple activities that encourage everyone to mingle and relax. For example, as each guest enters the party venue, tape or pin an index card with the name of a celebrity to their back. Instruct them to guess the name of their celebrity, without peeking, using clues supplied by other guests. Offer an inexpensive prize to the first person who guesses correctly. This could be your ultimate stress-release party: you won’t have to deal with financial stress and, together with your guests, you will dance off the holiday stress (and weight) and the winter blues.

Painless Post-Party Time

All good things come to an end. The time has come to tackle the post-party mess, but your inner party animal already has plans for the next celebration. Thinking ahead can greatly reduce the amount of time, stress, and expense that comes along with future parties.

As you clean, carefully organize any remaining party supplies that can be used later. If party planning has left you drained of energy and funds, be sure to put leftover food in glass storage containers or zip-top freezer bags for convenient and free meals in the days following the party.

Without question, cleaning up after a party is tedious. Expedite the process by trading your couch for helping hands with party guests too drunk to drive themselves home. You will save yourself time. Your guests will save themselves money that would have been used to take a cab home. It’s a win-win.

Party On

You don’t need to starve your inner party animal to stick to a budget. You just need a little creativity. Think of fun ways to use what you already have. Get in the kitchen, and whip up some homemade appetizers and beverages. Come up with fun games that will get everyone in a festive mood. Most importantly, have fun in the process.