Dadaism was a European art movement in the 20th century created to get a reaction from its viewers. It was made to question the system, portray anti-burgeois sentiment, and express the idea that the art style the elite used to love and cherish was dead. Their art was the new art. One of the most famous pieces if Fountain by Duchamp, a piece I was exposed to in my sixth grade art class so our teacher could show us that anything and everything was art. People such as Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Huelsenbeck, Hannah Huch, and Max Ernst were considered leaders of this movement. The dada movement angered more traditional artists because they felt this movement was decreasing the appreciation for their skills. Many people who appreciated classical art felt that it was taking away from the beauty of art itself. 

Today, many feel rap music has a similar affect on the music industry that dada had back in its time. Raps are written to get a reaction. Some rap about girls, sex, police brutality, their lives in their neighborhoods, and so on. All things that elicit a response from their listeners. Rap music is successful in causing people to question the system and portraying anti establishment ideas.  In the past music was soft, peaceful, lighthearted. Rap music is quite the opposite. Many musicians who are singers or instrumentalists feel that rap music is not really music but rather someone yelling into a microphone, and therefore feel it does not fit the criteria of music. I am not sure where on the spectrum I fall for my love of rap. All I know is that the dada of yesterday is very similar to the rap of today. Both are forms of art that many are not sure are art forms at all…