For as along as I can remember loving music I can remember being fascinated by rap and hip-hop, even from a very early age. I don’t know what it is about both rap and hip-hop that makes kids love it and parents hate it, but before diving into that both terms need to be properly defined. While often synonymous with one another, the two may share a few similarities but for the most part vary greatly. Lets start with hip-hop, which was described by KRS-One and Marley Mar in their song Hip Hop Lives as, "Hip and Hop is more than music, Hip is the knowledge, Hop is the movement Hip and Hop is intelligent movement,” (lyrics to Hip Hop Lives). What this means to me is that hip-hop is something that is constantly evolving and changing to meet popular …show more content…
On the other hand, rap is seen as the more traditional musical style that is less subject to change and more stuck in its ways. Rap is more the art of rhyming and story telling than hip-hop, which is generally catchier and pop-style than rap. Rappers preach the importance of lyrics, flow, story, and word play and take great pride in their abilities to spin stories. Mista Lawnge, the esteemed MC of Black Sheep, once said of rap, "If people paid close attention in English class when they were talking about literature, if they knew what a good poem or a good short story was, they 'd know what a good rap song was,” (Small 1992: 41). This further drives home the idea that rap is more poetic than hip hop and it also may even suggest that rapping is harder than making hip-hop songs. While the two styles seem to vary greatly and have many differences, the main similarity that these two share is that both of these arts forms will disappear and die without the younger generations of …show more content…
The history of both hip-hop and rap is lined with unforgettable names like Biggie Smalls, Tupac, and others who have died and left us with their music, but their time is up. It is also extremely important to remember that rap and hip-hop were not always as popular as they are today. DJ Grandmaster Flash was once asked about the early days of rap and he responded, "Rap is like the polio vaccine. At first no one believed in it. Then, once they knew it worked, everyone wanted it,” (Small 1992: 4) which just goes to show that even those who we considered pioneers of the industry today were not necessarily accepted and popular in their earliest days. Yes, the music of the past is used to help shape the current state of music and even the future, but to get hung up in the past is a grave mistake. In order to properly pay respects to those who came before, be it in hip-hop or rap, you as an artist owe it to them and to your craft to innovate and leave your
Hip-hop is one of the major music genres of today like the blues were in the 1950's. Stanley Crouch views hip-hop as being vulgar and obscene while he sees the blues as being one of the classic music genres. In actuality, these two genres are similar in many ways.
All types of music from all different genres around the world use some of the most basic elements adapted by western music. It is evident in Negro spirituals, Gospel, Broadway Musicals, Rhythm and Blues, and Rap. These elements provide for certain congeniality between music in the world. It shows that no matter how different a certain selection of music may sound, there are many characteristics that can be found in the opposing selection of music. Rap is a brilliant form of art that has been, and will continue to express the minds of men and women through various elements of music.
"I think the element of hip-hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo...It just stayed there for years. Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos. There 's no more of that 'wave your hands in the air like you just don 't care ' - you know, something that makes you want to get out there and breakdance...Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America. There’s not too many great hip-hop records out there, but there are some great rap records.” (“The Difference Between Rap & Hip-Hop,”
To begin, what is hip-hop? Well hip-hop is a subcultural movement that developed during the early 1970s by African American youths residing in the South Bronx in New York City. The first official usage and creation of the term “hip-hop” is unknown because there are many individuals who claim that they were the 1st to use and create the term. Some of these individuals include: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Sugarhill Gang, Lovebug Starski, and DJ Hollywood. The genre is defined by many elements such as MCing (Rapping), DJing (Scratching), graffiti art, breakdancing, sampling, and beatboxing. Hip-hop gains inspiration from other music genres such as: soul, funk, and rhythm and blues. Hip-hop was and still is a way for the youth of
Notably, hip-hop is the culture from which rap music emerged. According to Keyes, rap music is a musical form that makes use of rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular, which is recited or sung over a musical soundtrack (Rap Music and Street Consciousness, 1). Rap is a combination of MCing and DJing, which are two of hip-hop’s four
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...
When you hear the expression "Hip-Hop ", music, moving, rapping frequently ring a bell. All things considered, it's the greater part of that and more...Hip-Hop is a culture. As per Webster's word reference, culture is characterized as "the ideas, propensities, aptitudes, expressions, instruments, organizations, and so forth of a given people in a given period; development." One craftsman characterized Hip-Hop as "an arrangement of articulations in vocalization, instrumentation, moving and the visual expressions." All the more particularly, hip jump is a mix of graffiti, break dancing, djing and mcing (otherwise called rapping), that makes a way of life with its own particular dialect, style of dress, music and outlook that is consistently advancing.
Typically when we immediately think about modern hip hop and rap, we immediately de-fine it as a creative mode of expression laden with influences from its African-American roots. Of course, generally speaking, that much of it is true; although the true origin of Hip Hop isn't precisely known, according to Dr. Renford Reese and Becky Blanchard, Hip Hop scholars col-lectively hail the South Bronx in 1970's New York as the birthplace of Hip Hop. Over time, Hip Hop became a cultural phenomenon. As abrasive, succinct, and diverse as each form of expres-sion (emceeing, breakdance, graffiti, and more synonymously, rap music) gets, however, Hip Hop emanates such a contemporary appeal amongst the masses. Ultimately, Hip Hop culture embodies the inextinguishable
In conclusion, rap has come so many ways, seeing how it started in the early 70’s. Hip hop effected society, fashion, and hip greatly today. Hip-hop has changed its style over the 30 years its been introduced. Its been the top most listened to genre since the late 80s, and has been the most played music videos on MTV. Finally, rap is what makes the world go round.
Most people believe that they know what hip hop is. Yet, these same people are more familiar with rap music than hip hop. Rap music tends to b the music broadcasted on television and radio stations alike. Hip-Hop itself is relates to a culture and history of peoples. Hip-Hop tells the stories of people oppressed in urban ghettos in all cities, and it promotes change and a transition in those oppressed. Dr. Charles Pinckney author of The Influence of Hip Hop Culture on the Perceptions, Attitudes, Values and Lifestyles of African American College Students states that "Hip hop culture is a form of musical art in words and stories that describe critical messages that are spoken over music" (Pinckney). William Boone who has conducted research in hip hop best explains the phenomenon of Hip Hop as, " Art in "the hood". Hip Hop is the antitheses of economic discrimination and social alienation in Americas impoverished African American communities" (Boone).These origins of ...
Black culture in our society has come to the point where it is allied with pop culture. The most popular music genres, slang terms, to dance forms it all comes from black culture. Hip hop emerged from black culture, becoming the soul of it that is seen in the media. Hip hop helped the black community by creating new ways of expressing themselves, from breakdance, graffiti, rap and other music, to slang. This culture was rooted in their tradition and created from something new. Hip hop created a new form of music that required the use of turn tables, ‘cuts’, loops, rhythm, rhyme, stories, and deep-rooted emotions, but also incorporated black oral forms of storytelling using communal authors.
Today 's rap music reflects its origin in the hip-hop culture of young, urban, working-class African-Americans, its roots in the African oral tradition, its function as the voice of an otherwise underrepresented group, and, as its popularity has grown,
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...
What is hip-hop? Assuming that you address hip-hop fans, the term alludes to more than simply a musical type - it incorporates an entire society, including dance structures, graffiti symbolization, and fashion (Selke INT). Hip-hop music is portrayed by an entertainer rapping over a track that regularly comprises of loops or specimens of other music woven together (Selke INT). Hip-hop appeared originally in the Bronx around the 1970s and steadily turned into the predominant mainstream music structure by the 1990s, representing a multi- billion dollar industry today (Selke INT).