In the 1970’s, he introduced the type of music into a style we know now as rap. He used turn tables and used other records to make longer segments. Soon deejays started to work with other rappers and talk in rhythmic sayings, this became to be known as hip hop. For years popular styles of club deejays like Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa, rapped originally in African American neighborhoods in New York. Rap hit the air on the mainstream for the first time in 1980, with well-known performers L.L Cool J, Run- D.M.C., Hammer, and Will Smith.
This culture is important to me because of my background; I am an African American, because of my demographics and it is widely followed trend. From my superficial knowledge of rap, I believe it was originated from the basement of a building in Bronx, New York. After reading articles and watching historical documentaries on rap, I’ve learned that the origin of rap goes far beyond just a basement in the Bronx. An article by Joann Wood on Rap Music stated that “Rap and hip-hop music as we know it today actually began thousands of years ago in Africa with the “Griots”, who were village story tellers who played a simple handmade instrument while they told stories of family and village events.” So here we see that rap music travels all the way back to the mother land of Africa. This theory was also confirmed by a couple of other sources.
Fighting injustices was seen as great important especially coming out of the Black Panther era. Now of days song messages differ and hip hop has changed to be much more commercial. Furthermore political uses of hip-hop and lyrical content were much more important during the 80’s. This is in comparison to the more materialistic and more gangster style of hip-hop today. For instance when I listen to the 80’s the hip-hop also known as new school rap , I notice the 80’s hip-hop has a more evident poetic form of music.
With the rise of rap, a sub-genre called gangsta rap was started. Many rappers went from talking about how they want the killing to stop to talking about them being the ones doing the killing. By the late 1990s, gangsta rap became more common. Many artists did as the records labels wished, to write lyrics that sell. Audiences became more ethnically and economically diverse.
Hip Hop used to be made by sampling old funk records which featured breakdowns, or drum and bass only sections used to create a continuous breakbeat. The rhyme, or rap is equivalent to “flow of words”. An emcee (MC is short for master of ceremonies) or hip-hop artist would then “rap” over the sampled beat into a completely new track. Hip hop songs usually lie between 80 to 105 beats per minute, though it began to expand as newer subgenres emerged in the following years. (Crauwels, 2016) mentions that since hip hop initially tried to end ghetto poverty, bigotry and racism, artists tried to shift their focus to white audiences, connecting remote subcultures.
Disco started to have a slight influence on hip hop but then decided to part ways after stealing some of the loops and tracks f... ... middle of paper ... ...elp show the west coast was another viable prospect to gangsta rap compared to the east coast hip hop. Then Along came the Wu-Tang Clan and brought the east coast into mainstream making it divided as if the east coast had hip hop and the west coast had rap. As you assumed this is when the long history of hatred and fighting between east coast and west coast hip hop began. The Big name artists of this time include Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Tupac, and Snoop Dogg. By the 2000’s, Hip hop had gotten so popular it was no longer being influenced, it was doing the influencing.
The change in rap music has made it universal. Today you can make an instrumental for a rap song with bits and pieces of other song of any genre. In rap the only thing that matters is if someone can add words that rhyme to the instrumental that you have made. Over the years as rapping changed from “gangsta” style rap under artists like Tupac Shakur to more of a “lyrical” style rap under artists like A$AP Rocky (Rakim Mayers), the fan base grew from majority black people to white, Asian, and Hispanic and so on. Today, even though they don’t speak English, fans of A$AP rocky can be found in other countries and can sing along with every one of his songs.
The most widely accepted definition of rap music is spoken words with a rhythm of bass, drums, and keyboard sounds. The words are spoken over the music and the accents and emphasis on words is important. Hip Hop is defined as the accompanying background music but is often used as a synonym to rap music. In this paper I will show how rap got its start and evolved into the culture we know today as hip hop. Influences on rap music started as early as the 1940’s when Rhythm & Blues and Jazz included many of the elements that make up rap music.
Everyone has listen to some sort of hip hop music. Not everyone loves it, not everyone hates it. Hip-Hop/Rap is probably one of the newest forms of music, and through it recent year it has taken the world by storm. From the 70s through the 2000s Hip-Hop/Rap has changed it style of tone from political and social point of view, to just trying to tell a story about where they come from. It might say it in the best way but neither are the lives that they live.
Hip Hop History There are many types of music that have developed through the history of the United States. When someone thinks of music that has its roots in American, they would think of something along the line of jazz or the blues. While these genres of music did originate in America, none of them had the impact that hip hop did when it originated in New York during the 1970’s. This musical style took America and the world by storm and even changed the culture. Since it was discovered nearly 4 decades ago, it still impacts the world we live in and could quite possibly go down and the most impactful music to ever come out of America.