Rap music from the 1990’s to the year 2000 is known in hip hop as “the golden era”. This era is all about individuality and innovation of creating music in one of the newest musical art forms. Rap music started out as the expression of young black youths in the inner city of New York. Rap music is rhymed storytelling accompanied by highly rhythmic, electronically based music. It began in the mid-1970s in the South Bronx in New York City as a part of hip hop, composed of graffiti, breakdancing, and rap music. From the outset, rap music has articulated the pleasures and problems of black urban life in contemporary America. Rappers speak with the voice of personal experience, taking on the identity of the observer or narrator. Rap music has lost a lot of it purity and essence due to the multimillion dollar business. Rap music is always critizied because of it’s violent and sexual nature but its just reporting what is views in this cold world.(Rose, 1994) One of the earliest songs that …show more content…
Run DMC pioneered a rap rock style of music that took the music world by storm. Their music and stage performance also set them apart from other rappers in the late 1980’s. The visual of their street clothes included: Adidas track suit, Adidas shell toes, leather pants, jean jackets and knago hats. Run-DMC was the first rap artist to have their video “Rock Box” played on MTV which gave the group international visibility. They would receive a 1.5 million dollar endorsement deal form Adidas, the first in rap history. The group would collaborate with rock group Aerosmith on their third album “Raising Hell” on a song called “Walk the Way” that would take the group and rap music to a whole new level. The song would peak at number four on the billboard charts and the album would be certified platinum one month later. Raising Hell would go on to sell 3 million copies that year. In 2009 Run-DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Hess,
Since hip-hop has expanded from the undergrounds in Bronx in the 70’s it has grew into a popular accepted music genre. Consequently, as it progressed from the golden age it gradually grew away from its original roots. If one were to evaluate the change of lyrics in hip-hop, they would see a difference between early hip-hop and today’s hip-hop. The current state of hip-hop is in a stage where things like hey young world are outdated. Instead of broadcasting out a positive message, hip-hop sends out a message of sex, drug, and violence. The early musicians who helped solidify hip-hop, by producing music that told stories on subjects of race, respect, or even music that had a positive message.
Hip hop is both a culture and a lifestyle. As a musical genre it is characterized by its hard hitting beats and rhythms and expressive spoken word lyrics that address topics ranging from economic disparity and inequality, to gun violence and gang affiliated activity. Though the genre emerged with greater popularity in the 1970’s, the musical elements involved and utilized have been around for many years. In this paper, we will cover the history and
Hip-Hop became characterized by an aggressive tone marked by graphic descriptions of the harshness and diversity of inner-city life. Primarily a medium of popular entertainment, hip-hop also conveys the more serious voices of youth in the black community. Though the approaches of rappers became more varied in the latter half of the 1980s, message hip-hop remained a viable form for addressing the problems faced by the black community and means to solve those problems. The voices of "message" hip...
The most popular new music to emerge from the ‘80’s was rap music. It first developed in the mid ‘70’s in New York City, and soon in other urban areas, primarily amongst African-American teen-agers. It became very popular with the urban public that it soon began to spread throughout the United States and much of the world. It replaced rock music as the creative force in music of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. However, as popular as it was then and it is now, the lyrics of many rap songs have caused controversy. Many believe and have charged that these lyrics promote racism and violence and show contempt for women.
Hip hop has multiple branches of style and is a culture of these. This essay will examine Hip Hop from the point of view of the following three popular music scholars, Johnson, Jeffries and Smitherman. It will delve deeper into their understanding of what hip hop is and its relation to the different people that identify with its message and contents. It will also identify the history of Hip hop and its transition into popular music. In particular this essay will focus on what hip hop represents in the black community and how it can be used as a social movement against inequalities faced by them. This will then open up the discussion for the how this has influenced society, and the impact it has had in terms of race issues which hip hop itself often represents through music.
Rap is definitely one of the most popular forms of music and expression these days. Theres no doubt that there are many new rappers popping up and topping the charts everyday. The rappers themselves come from many different backgrounds, and a lot of them have been through a lot and have seen things that would traumatize anybody. Some of them sing about what they went through, some sing about what should be done to avoid living on the streets, while others say that violence is the answer and all that matters is getting money and being tough. John Herschend expresses that rap is a form of expression and shouldn't be judged but it’s lyrics, while I am here to say that while rap may have started as such, it has evolved into the opposite.
When listening to rap music we get to experience the environments that the MC lived through. Most MC’s use music as a way of coping with reality, their violent and hard life. In this way they find a kind of shelter in their songs even though these songs describe their life and how hard it is.
Rap is becoming more popular than ever, soon most of the world will have some type of knowledge of rap music. Rachel Sullivan from the University of Connecticut stated “White respondents in this survey had difficulty naming three rap artists, which indicated that they did not have a high level of commitment to the music.” This statement was produced in 2003, also seemed to be very one dimensional. Recently, rap music has been surging through the masses no matter the race. Furthermore, rap is becoming very prevalent especially in the youth of this era. Many trends, commercials, social media, etc. are revolving around rap music.
Although many may think that hip hop is a music genre, it is truthfully a culture—a culture that is recognized by its “main elements: graffiti, DJing, breakdancing (B-boying), MCing (rapping), and beatboxing” (Global Awareness). Hip hop is known in academic literature as a way to get youth involved in the arts and the terms rap and hip hop can be used interchangeably (Hadley and Yancy 41). When many people think about hip hop, they think about Rappers Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang. However, officially hip hop was created on November 12, 1974 when this new music culture was born (Hip Hop History). 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.
of the rap era, rap stars have had an unique style that impressionable listeners have mimicked over the years. Rap stars set trends that their fans copy, they contribute a lot two what is seen as current and fashionable to the youth. This leads causes the exploitation of the black community and unrealistic body images.
Hip hop has permeated popular culture in an unprecedented fashion. Because of its crossover appeal, it is a great unifier of diverse populations. Although created by black youth on the streets, hip hop's influence has become well received by a number of different races in this country. A large number of the rap and hip hop audience is non-black. It has gone from the fringes, to the suburbs, and into the corporate boardrooms. Because it has become the fastest growing music genre in the U.S., companies and corporate giants have used its appeal to capitalize on it. Although critics of rap music and hip hop seem to be fixated on the messages of sex, violence, and harsh language, this genre offers a new paradigm of what can be (Lewis, 1998.) The potential of this art form to mend ethnic relations is substantial. Hip hop has challenged the system in ways that have unified individuals across a rich ethnic spectrum. This art form was once considered a fad has kept going strong for more than three decades. Generations consisting of Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and Asians have grown up immersed in hip-hop. Hip hop represents a realignment of America?s cultural aesthetics. Rap songs deliver a message, again and again, to keep it real. It has influenced young people of all races to search for excitement, artistic fulfillment, and a sense of identity by exploring the black underclass (Foreman, 2002). Though it is music, many people do not realize that it is much more than that. Hip hop is a form of art and culture, style, and language, and extension of commerce, and for many, a natural means of living. The purpose of this paper is to examine hip hop and its effect on American culture. Different aspects of hip hop will also be examined to shed some light that helps readers to what hip hop actually is. In order to see hip hop as a cultural influence we need to take a look at its history.
For many years, music has been viewed as one element mainly used for entertainment purposes. The benefits of the music can either be positive or negative depending on nature and style. Rap music is perhaps a formatted common music that came into existence by urban black and disc jockeys at the end of the 1970s. Rap music is known to have compelling attention and repetitive beat patterns. In addition, different types of the rap music have different effects on the audience. The architecture of the rape music provides insights for the people to be able to understand how they work and the influence they exert to the society. Thus, this paper will examine if actually, rap music is a cause of the violence or it is an assumption made by many framers.
I believe people should maintain their freedom of speech to an extent. If their words become threatening, at that point something should be done. When threats are put out on Facebook, several people can perceive the threat seriously even if the threat stands as a joke. When a person deems a threat seriously, the threat can be reported. After the threat was reported, the author of the threat could be taken to court over the matter.
Five men changed the world of music as we know it in the early 1990s. A rap group that went by the name N.W.A. paved the way for the popularity of rap music that has lasted decades. Rap is “a type of popular music of United States Black origin, in which words are recited rapidly and rhythmically over a prerecorded, typically electronic instrumental backing” according to Google Dictionary. This paper will take you through the origin of rap, when rap became popular, and the effect rap has today. Rap has been around for many years and is both loved and hated by people all over the world.