Like Snoop Dogg had said, “Tupac was many different things at once. Hardheaded and intellectual, courageous and afraid, revolutionary and….oh yeah, don’t get it f***ed up, gangsta.” To be a great rapper, you must have impact, commercial success, be good at song writing, a lot of performances and live shows and lastly, hella good rapping. The first song I heard from tupac was “ambitions az a ridah and all eyes on me” and it was real original so I went and listened to ‘Brenda got a baby’ which made me think “dammmmm he good, he good as hell” Tupac Shakur had one of the biggest impacts
The combination of these two albums proved that Eminem was one of the most important and popular pop artists of the time (Thomas, 2013). Pushing fast forward to 2013, Eminem has gone above and beyond at proving himself as a white rapper and arguably one of the best rappers period. The release of his last studi... ... middle of paper ... ...ap is immeasurable. Without out him the industry would not be what it is today. Eminem ends his career with a bang.
?They say Tupac [hip-hop] teaches our youth to be gangsters and has no positive message, but they forget the U.S. climate is negative.? (Anonymous poem author) Judging someone by their outside character can never determine what they are feeling on the inside. In other words, Tupac was the true example of society today. We see the negative clearly, but how much do we know about the positive? Tupac?s mother, Afeni Shakur, contributed to Tupac?s other positive side.
Marshall Bruce Mather’s III, better known by his alter ego, Slim Shady and/or stage name, Eminem is well known as a rapper and has developed a hard image over time. In all of his songs he is dissin (bad-mouthing) somebody, cussing, and yet somehow inspiring people. According to Drake, another well-known artist, Eminem is, “ . . .
Hip-Hop is a vast and popular culture, one part of Hip-Hop culture is the popular genre of music with lyrics spoken by old school artists such as Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, N.W.A, Grandmaster Flash and modern artists including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Logic and more. Lyrics written and produced depict the hardships and reality for the artists. Contrary, lyrics also showed violence and stereotypes, and portrayed a certain image for listeners. Looking deeper into the genre, evidence shows that hypermasculinity is embedded into lyrics, videos and icons of Hip-Hop. The image of Money, Masculine Fragility and Appearance are prime examples that support the connection to hip-hop and the negative male image it imposes.
This album earned the rapper three Grammy nominations including Best Rap Album. Gaining recognition through Food & Liquor, Fiasco’s popularity has grown tremendously. Much of the reason was due to his approach to rap. While he does rap about mainstream themes such as sex, money, and drugs, Fiasco also shares his concerns about the American government and politics, foreign affairs, and racism in our culture, capturing a more mature audience’s attention. Through his music, Lupe Fiasco represents the voice of Modern America by informing his listeners about the modern corrupt practices in the United States and asserting his opinions on them through his music.
/ They forged the first rap-rock collaboration when in 19... ... middle of paper ... ...apper; after all, he signed one of the best rappers ever in the “Golden Era of Rap”, Biggie Smalls. In conclusion, the historical arc of rap has been interesting to behold. It began on the streets as friendly competition, and was elevated by the legendary Run DMC with the help of Aerosmith. Run DMC handed the reigns to Biggie and Tupac and they took it to a place nobody could have imagined. Once the two stars were taken too soon by the east versus west coast rivalry, Dr. Dre ushered rap to its lowest point with commercialization.
Kanye West changed the gangster filled rap genre by releasing his positive, soulful debut album, changing the way rappers dress, and paving the way for a whole new style of introspective lyrics and soul-inspired rap production in the mainstream. When West first showed up (late 90s and early 2000s), the world was a different place. Fans of the genre were most likely listening to gangster-rap, artists like: Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, Tupac, Ice Cube, Eazy E, N.W.A, Wu-Tang, Nate Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg (Best Gangsta Rappers), the kind of music that dominated mainstream rap at the time. Rappers and fans of rap were mostly in a gangster-influenced mind state. West was foreign to the idea of being a “thug” or a “gangster”.
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He surprised everyone by the way his popularity shot up like it did. He proved that rap isn’t just a black hobby. Even though Eminem tried to kill himself got hooked on drugs and had a crappy family life he is still a huge success. Even though he’s made a bunch of mistakes I think people still could look up to him. He is one of those people who strive to be the best and wont stop till he is.