Similarities Between Hip Hop And Hip Hop

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Funk and Hip Hop are two similar yet different genres of music that have been popular amongst music lovers throughout the last three decades. Both have upbeat drum grooves as well as rhythmic basslines and melodies that the listener will be bound to remember. They also share similar articulation in their drums and basslines. However, while the two genres might be similar they have their own differences in lyricism and meaning as well instrumentation and production. Songs that exemplify their characteristics include funk group Midnight Star’s 1983 hit “No Parking on the Dance floor” and rapper Grandmaster Flash’s 1982 “The Message” from the album of the same name. Both are reflective in respect to their genre and through their structure, instrumentation/production …show more content…

(Crauwels, 2016) states that hip hop enabled a higher word concentration and has more meaning to be potentially conveyed. Originally aimed to end ghetto poverty, bigotry and racism by connecting remote subcultures, Hip hop is more focused on lyrical content, focusing on experiences and hardships, unlike funk’s focus on “good times”. Hip Hop music is structured to typically include an Intro, followed by a few verses, a hook and an outro, proclaimed in “raps”, or flow of words. Funk music is focused on choruses as part of its danceable nature and also typically focuses its lyrics on having a good time, rather than telling a story of poverty, etc. Unlike hip hop, which deviated to an electronic focus, funk retained the use of natural instruments, though it is true that they also incorporated electronic instruments as the years progressed. The timbre is another contrasting factor between the two genres as well. Funk music made for dancing and partying, therefore it presents a very happy, bright aesthetic. This can be heard in “No Parking on the Dance floor”, particularly with the main synth melody and it harmonious counterpart, the bassline, both of which are played in G major and 120bpm. In “The Message”, the opposite aesthetic is presented, with a gloomier, serious tone which reflects the lyrics. The song is instead in G minor and was produced at a much …show more content…

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. Hip hop music was still very music connected with the black community, however, since it was a lifestyle that brought many people with the same experiences together. What was then recognized as MCing, hip hop had been around a few years before gaining any commercial attention. In those early days, it was essentially a live performance art form that complemented hip hop’s main attraction, the DJ. Ironically, some DJs began to rhyme or add MCs as a way to keep rivals from stealing their two most prized possessions: their records and their technique. (Watkins, 2005). Funk music branched out of Soul music, but incorporated other genre characteristics such as Jazz and a Rock to create even more rhythmical music. Funk introduces a repeating rhythmic groove,

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