Hip-Hop GenerationjY outh in High-Risk Environments


  • Nathaniel Wilkins


Rap music, teens, hip-hop culture


This article describes some of the characteristics of the hiphop generation, and the implications of some of these youth characteristics for recreation programmers. Hip-hop is not just a thing; it encompasses a people-in the main, youth, and teens. Hip-hop can be likened to other subcultures that grew out of the 60s that protested war, racism, and other negative facets of society. Teens are being drawn in record numbers to the hip-hop and rap culture by the media for economic purposes. Recreation and leisure providers need to understand rap and the hip-hop culture and begin to create opportunities that encourage teens to use creative expressions. Community centers could be attractive locations for teens to hone their writing, poetry, and other creative skills. Teens are one of a large demographic force with great economic power. Consideration should be given to programs such as fashion shows, creative writing, poetry, computer technology, video production, rites of passage, car shows, concerts, self-expressions, and opportunities to see and be seen in parks and recreation facilities. Additionally, we should be careful in condemning rap music because young people see the contradiction. Recreation and leisureservice providers need to understand that not all rap is negative and that, instead of viewing hip-hoppers as losers, we should see them as potential achievers in need of direction.





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