In the 1970’s, musical artists began to express themselves like Kool DJ Herc. Rap music began to spread through the urban neighborhoods of New York City and people used a new form of expression that gave a chance to sing about anything. White people and rappers during the late 1970’s and 1980’s seem to be offended when asked about their role in the hip hop community. They think that black people are becoming a part of a cultural movement and they should join in. The heated responses from the white people in the film are typical answers.
Whether it was Rakim, Kool G Rap, or KRS One, these rappers consistently referenced vast arrays of personal issues as well as those in the black community, ranging from poverty to racism. These emcees and many others of their time used their songs as mediums to convey the problems at hand and sometimes even pose solutions. Rapping was a means of self-expression as well as a means of inspiring or educating the listeners. However, during the early and mid 90s, rap music went through a change. Despite the fact that commercialization began as rap first entered the mainstream, this was the first time its effects could actually be seen.
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.
Rose argues that hip hop music in the 1990’s when it really began to make a name for itself came out with bang that seemed to slap many unsuspecting people in the face with its crude lyrics and “I don’t care” mentality. She gives quotes and respect to many groups of that time such as NWA and Public Enemy who gave face to the up rise of gangster rap and gave a window into the lives that black men and women where actually living. This helps my argument because I mainly was going to quote lyrics from the 1990’s because that was when rap was most political. I am however going to quote some more recent rappers such as Eminem to show how that decade has still rolled over to today’s generation.
The name hip-hop comes from one of the earliest phrases used in rap on the song “Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang. “I said a hip hop, hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it to the bang bang boogie, say, up jump the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.”. In addition to rap music, the hip-hop subculture also formed other methods of expression like break dancing, graffiti art, a unique slang vocabulary, and fashion sense. Rap started in the mid-1970s in the South Bronx area of New York City. The birth of rap is, in many ways, like the birth of rock and roll.
In the book she looks into the different points of views of people who think whether hip hop invokes violence or if it reflects life in a black ghetto and if it slows down advancement for African Americans in US. The author goes back and forth with the opinion of the mass on hip hop, she says people view hip hop as a music like heavy metal which people associate with violence but she refutes most of these points by showing the positives of hip hop. Hip hop originated from groups of Afro-Caribbean, and African Americans in Bronx. These musicians combined different kinds of music and used the traditions of their own culture to approach music. Hip hop in the beginning of its time was more of artis... ... middle of paper ... ...t usually deal with the time period in which hip hop was held in and the many factors in history which are real.
Hip hop really came to the scene when block parties in New York City became really popular during the 1970s. This scene became increasingly popular in the Bronx due to the large African-American and Puerto Rican influences combined. These groups of people really became fans because hip hop music was seen as a voice or the stories of the “disenfranchised youth of the lower class areas and cultures and really talked about the social, economic and political realities of their lives. As hip hop grew more popular so did other genres such as disco. 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.
Eminem became the next hit in rap in 1999 with extremely violent and shocking lyrics that included descriptions of raping and killing his ex-wife and vicious slurs against homosexuals. I was a fan of the music simply for the shock factor like many teens of the time but I grew tired of it and moved on to more meaningful work. He followed this formula for two more albums which sold over a million copies just like his debut. He then backed up this image with drug, weapons, and assault charges in the following years. Then Eminem discovered the next “big hit” in rap when he signed 50 Cent, another convicted criminal who survived 9 bullet wounds.
In 1993, he was guilty of gun possession; three years later, he was arrested in suspicion of involvement in a drive by shooting. He was cleared of all the charges, but his predicament with the court is what caused the delay in the release of his next album, “Tha Dogfather.” His legal incidents were plastered all over the news, and his headlines certainly kept people talking. Snoop’s criminal background was a precursor to fame, for thousands of curious people began to listen his music. Soon, the public was smitten over his playful, laid back personality. His peculiar slang and his laid back rapping were soon the trademarks of his West Coast, hip-hop image.
Herc's musical parties eventually gained notoriety and were often documented on cassette tapes that were recorded with the relatively new boombox, or blaster, technology. Taped duplicates of these parties rapidly made their way through the Bronx, Brooklyn, and uptown Manhattan, spawning a number of similar DJ acts. Among the new breed of DJs was Afrika Bambaataa, the first important Black Muslim in rap. (The Muslim presence would become very influential in the late 1980s.) Bambaataa often engaged in sound-system battles with Herc, similar to the so-called cutting contests in jazz a generation earlier.