Before taking this class hip-hop to me was just a form of music that only focused on sex, drugs and money. Now that this class is over, I know that my first instincts were completely wrong, there is much more to it. I was as ignorant as the rest of society, not knowing the history behind it. And after reading all the articles of the different elements of hip-hop I can see that it isn't as what it seems and there's more depth to it than what appears. Basically going back to the saying, "You can't judge a book by it's cover."
Although I have learned quite a bit and my views have changed, I still do not enjoy hip-hop all that much. I definitely do not think it's as derogatory as it was before, however, I'm much more of a mellow person so hip-hop can not appeal to me as much as it does to others. But through this course I have found one artist that I do enjoy quite a bit. He was brought up during class, Macklemore. His style is definitely hip-hop, but calming as well and his songs are full of meaning.
All in all, now that the course is over, I have definitely regained faith in hip-hop. Thanks Professor Isoke!