Thursday, 25 February 2010

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

The genre of my magazine is a Grime music magazine. Grime is a sub-genre of rap/hip-hop so my magazine will share some characteristics with this style of magazine such as The Source and XXL. However my magazine has also challenged a number of forms and conventions as other hip-hop magazines as Grime embraces different ideals and ideology than traditional American hip-hop. The Source focusses more on the glamourous side of hip-hop as shown in this picture of a Source cover:

Grime favours a more "underground" and "real" style. American audiences prefer to see the glamourous successful musician whereas British audiences prefer to see original artists that stay true to their "real" ideals and are not mainstream. The fonts I used represent the non-mainstream aesthetic as they are cracked, bold and dark in colour which reflects the urban nature of Grime music. The main font might remind the reader of a run-down part of a city such as London which is where much Grime music originates from. I also used a graffiti style font which is common in urban areas. Hip-hop artists are stereotypically give off an aggressive image which is often reflected in their music and grime is no different. You can this by this compilation of famous popular rappers:

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