Hip hop has come a long way from being the most unpopular genre in the early 70’s, to now be the most listened to genre today. Hip has influenced many things in art, culture, and media. People say hip hop originated from the south Bronx of New York, but really it came from Jamaica. One man named DJ Kool Herc moved from Jamaica to America too starts a new life. In the 1970’s, he introduced the type of music into a style we know now as rap.
These two groups of people in this area created a new and unique type of musical genera and culture that still impacts the world today. These new genera of music was called hip hop, and it became a global sensation in the world. This new music mostly affected America’s youth and changed their culture. South Bronx was and had been in turmoil for years. There was a whirlpool of racial, political, social and economic unfairness.
The South Bronx consists of parties, which displayed Hip Hop features. For that reason, DJ Kool Herc brought Hip Hop to the light through spinning records during a set, while, people were b-boying and creating art. Following this further, Hip Hop has strong roots in the South Bronx. In other words, Hip Hop originated from New York, where culture is mandatory, where fad and trends are normal. In conclusion, Hip Hop, originating in the South Bronx, overcame the trending phase, grew to be marvelous, and is still growing, until this
Hip hop in the beginning of its time was more of artis... ... middle of paper ... ...t usually deal with the time period in which hip hop was held in and the many factors in history which are real. Hip hop is a culture, it is a way many people use to connect to one another, it allowed many African Americans to express their own point of view in their story. But in the early 2000’s it became commercialized and went from storytelling from many perspectives like a party, politics, self-celebration, and gangstas to consisting of mainly of the lives of hustler, pimps, and hoes. Though it has become quite profitable and a successful form of music it cause arguments in American of whether it is more detrimental than beneficial to black community. Hip hop is in fact in a crisis and critics of hip hop believe it is just angry stories of black males and females but do not see it as proof that black behavior was created from the condition of living in a ghetto.
During that time “female rappers offered an alternative to rap’s predominantly male viewpoint” (Britannica). Although hip hop was created in NYC, it expanded across the country, especially in California. Most of the response to the NY hip hop came from N.W. A and Ice-T. N.W. A had some amazing albums like “Straight Outta Compton” and the members of the group “led the way as west coast rap grew in prominence in the early
The issue of commercialization in hip-hop has long been one of the main sources of controversy in the genre. What began as a movement for teenagers to have fun and party through its four components (b-boying, graffiti, djing, and emceeing) ended up becoming a lucrative field, namely the rap industry, with many business opportunities. As time has gone on most people involved in the field have looked to capitalize on these opportunities and, in turn, have neglected to uphold the integrity of the music. To understand just how much rap music has changed, one must first understand what it was when it began. Gradually gaining popularity during the 70s and early 80s, rap finally went mainstream with Sugar Hill’s Rappers Delight in 1979.
Rap music has become a phenomenon that people of all races can relate to the style of music. The 1970s and 1980s was a pivotal time in hip hop history this period of time laid the ground work for modern hip hop and culture today. “In the early '70s, when I was about 13 or 14 and disco was monopolizing the mainstream airwaves, the rap movement was just being born” (The hip hop network). Early hip hop artist started making their way from the underground. Each artist made themselves stand out because their ability to relate to others.
Afrika Bamabaataa, a Bronx DJ known to be one of the godfathers of hip hop, created the hip hop culture (Hip Hop History). “Afrika Bambaataa was hip-hop’s foremost DJ, an organizer and promoter at large block parties during the mid-to late ‘70s” (Afrika Bambaataa). Afrika Bambaataa stated, “when we made Hip Hop, we made it hoping it would be about peace, love, unity and having fun so that people could get away from the negativity that was plaguing our streets (gang violence, drug abuse, self hate, violence among those African and Latino descent)” (Hagedorn 93). Hip-hop is empowering and therapeutic to those that can gain understanding from it in music therapy. This is evidenced by music therapists who use hip hop so that their clients can express themselves.
Hip hop has gone from just DJ-ing, graffiti, break dancing and just rapping to self-expression, mannerisms and demeanor. Hip-hop has made its way to mainstream tv such as Wild N Out, Love and Hip-hop, and Growing up Hip-hop. Hip-hop has influenced the lives of today’s youth, mostly African American youth. The influence that hip hop has on today’s youth can be both positive and negative. Unfortunately, it has more negatives because of the lyrics can be rather aggressive, the want for material gain, and encouraging misogynistic behaviors.
The Bronx is often labeled as the birthplace of hip hop. In its early stages hip hop was mostly a black and hispanic thing. As hip hop has evolved over the past 20 some odd years its n base has dramatically broadened. Not only has its area of influence broadened, but the race and ethnicities of hip hop lovers have also. If you go to a hip hop concert nowadays you will almost always see a mixture of races.