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Is Hip Hop Dead?: An exploration into the dynamics between commercial and conscious rap

Despite hip hop being historically and predominantly viewed as “black music,” it has now evolved into the defining artistic medium for marginalized groups to express their political values and ideologies that transcends race, class, and nationalities. However, as with any modern art form, the expansion and mainstream success of hip hop has raised concerns if the voices and stories of oppressed peoples has in turn, become commercialized and redundant. But we have hope that the roots of hip hop remain grounded in its masters, both old and new, as well as rising artists, will continue to stay real and fresh.