I noticed that lately, we reference each other by generations a lot. Last year there was a company-wide email chain that was started mistakenly and one employee referred to the people who didn’t realize it had been a mistake as “Boomers.” I remember thinking, that was a little rude and shaking my head. Yet I secretly call my daughter and her Generation Alpha friends the “I heard that song on TikTok” generation. Somehow it seems to have become culturally acceptable to make generalizations based on generations.
Music has always been an important way to reflect on cultural and generational differences. Each generation has its own unique musical taste, shaped by a variety of social, political, and economic factors. Looking back on Hip hop, as we celebrate 50 years of this genre, has been especially influential in shaping the musical preferences of different generations. So let’s take a look at how hip hop artists can be used to break down generation differences, from Baby Boomers to Generation Alpha.