Professor Rose is an internationally respected scholar ofpost civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, genderand sexuality. She is most known for her involvement in black music culture and how it shapes and molds expectations of gender and racial perceptions. She talks a lot about gender and sexuality, popular culture, mass media and racial issues.
As I am reading the Q&A with Tricia Rose I was very interested in what she had to say about hip-hop being "dead". I liked how she said it wasn't dead but rather an underground society that has a force of its own. It was mentioned in class the other week that a huge part of what the media does revolved around making money. She talks about how hip-hop used to be for fun and play and performed at block parties with families present. The old hip-hop didn't talk about sluts or sexualizing women or drugs or killing people. The old hip-hop had to be family friendly and talked about life. The new hip-hop is all about making money and sex sells. I took a news writing class and the motto was "if it bleeds, it leads". Sex, blood and drugs makes money.
In her video she mentioned how we come from so many backgrounds and different cultures that we are constantly morphing into popular culture and to try to create a simple minded idea of culture is too hard.
I also got from this a sense of emphasis on media. Everything is accessible. Rose gives the example that in Jamaica there are almost 200 versions of the same song "I'm Sorry". It is not because they want to all sing the same song but every version is different and it is something to call your own and put your name on it.
I'm no expert but I personally think that hip-hop has changed and evolved with the different generations. New people come along and experiment with different ideas and new and interesting things come of it. Similar things happen with other music cultures.