Hip-Hop/Rap: Music Appreciation

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Hip-Hop/Rap is one of the biggest growing genres of today. From its early stages in the 1970’s to today’s pop culture, it has grown quite a lot. Unfortunately, it has developed a terrible reputation of drugs, violence, abuse, and gangs. When people associate Hip-Hop with things it is usually a negative image that comes to the person’s mind. Which is sad, Hip-Hop/Rap has a great artistic quality to them that gets so easily overlooked. There is true poetry and emotion behind these lyrics and beats, but not everyone is willing to sit down and listen to it. They quickly judge this music genre and the immediately dislike it without giving it a second thought. Rappers pour their emotions and their souls into their songs and it really speaks to people who would stop and listen to them. Hip-Hop/Rap has evolved over time. From the early stages of Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and others to today’s rap stars like Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Each decades style is different but each style is still good. What really made Rap huge was the Sugarhill Gang’s own song called “Rapper’s Delight” the entire song is around 15 minutes long with just three emcee’s rapping, Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank, and Master G. An emcee is another word for a rapper. Most emcees are the head of whatever event is being taken place, kind of like people that do skits in a talent show to introduce the next act. Hip-Hop/Rap today is filled with emcees and rappers. Today we find a more complex and more diverse style than what we would find back in the 70’s. There are different styles to different rappers. Each one unique in its own way and it makes that rapper stand out compared to everybody else. Also, another thing today that is different from the past is the flow of a rapp... ... middle of paper ... ...anford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/mediarace/socialsignificance.htm . July 26, 1999. Web. April 8, 2014. “Decoding Hip-Hop’s Cultural Impact”. http://diverseeducation.com/article/3653/. DiverseEducation.com, 2005. Web. April 8, 2014. Harrison, Nelson. “Psychologist Says Hip-Hop Beats/Violent Lyrics Hypnotize Kids and Changes Their Behavior” http://www.techyville.com/2012/11/social-media/psychologist- says-hip-hop-beatsviolent-lyrics-hypnotize-kids-and-changes-their-behavior/. November 23, 2012. Web. April 8, 2014. “History of Hip-Hop Style” http://hiphophistory.indiegroup.com/. Hip-Hop History.com. 2008. Web. April 8, 2014 Pinn, Anthony B., and Paul Easterling. "Followers Of Black Jesus On Alert: Thoughts On The Story Of Tupac Shakur's Life/Death/Life." Black Theology 7.1 (2009): 31-44. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. Web. 8 Apr. 2014.

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