Hiphop Music In New York's Hip Hop Music

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Greek Philosopher Plato once said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato was right; not only is music an essential element to the world, but it also gave birth to one of the most prominent genres in all of music history. That significant genre happens to be Hip­Hop. Generally, Hip­hop music is considered to have been pioneered in New York 's South Bronx in 1973 by Jamaican­born DJ Herc. Hip­hop music originated from a combination of traditionally African­American forms of music­­including jazz, soul, gospel, and reggae. By the mid­1970s, New York 's hip­hop scene was dominated by turntablists DJ Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Herc. The rappers of Sugarhill Gang produced hip­hop 's first commercially successful …show more content…

The rappers within my core group are all from these inner cities, who know first hand about what the members of these communities are dealing with. Similarly, the very same way Rap music was used as a tool to aid young African Americans in their times of social oppression in the 1970s, is the same way it is now being used to assist the African American youths today, during their difficult times of adversity. Jay­Z, J. Cole, and Kendrick all possess the aura and integrity to create what is considered “conscious” hip hop that provides messages of struggle and liberation. In general, the difference better conscious and commercial rap music is simple; Conscious rap or hip­hop is a lifestyle inspired by culture, togetherness, and social change. Whereas, commercial rap is perceived as music produced for the sole purpose of financial profit that primarily consists of the demeaning of women and popular references to buying expensive cars and

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