Hip Hop

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Hip Hop

In the 1990’s hip hop culture went through major changes. Hip hop which originally started in the South Bronx as a street born cultural movement transformed into much more. There are four types also known as the pillars of hip hop, DJ-ing,MC-ing, ( also know as rapping ), break dancing, and graffiti. All of that pretty much faded away with the 90’s and rap was left to take control. Rap in the 1980’s was thought to be a force, until MC hammer,Tupac, and Biggie Smalls took over the radio with the voice of ghetto youth. That was merely the beginning of one of the biggest trends in the last decade. Rap has worked its way into school dances, Commercials, and even movies. In the early 1990’s what was known as “gangsta rap” became the predominant sound. The more the artist would rap about guns, money and drugs the more popular it would be, and the ones who were listening to this music was usually white, suburban teenagers. Which begs the question why would white teenagers love this hateful and drug related music? Gangsta rap was born in the ghetto and is about the ghetto and yet white suburban teenagers loved it the most. When everything that is in one of these songs is usually the complete opposite then their own lives.

Rap through the decades has changed starting with the 1980’s when the big rappers were LL Cool J and Vanilla Ice. Then in the 1990’s rap became much more in many ways, the beats became better, the rappers more talented, and the lyrics much more graphic. In the late 1990’s Rap was a war, between the East and West coast. Two superstars, Biggie Smalls in 1997 from the East, and Tupac Shakur in 1996 from the west were murdered and all evidence points to the either side being guilty of murder. When talking to most teenagers nowadays they will say that Tupac and Biggie started everything, and its relatively true there is probably 1 in a hundred americans who don’t know who B.I.G or Tupac Is.

There is a lot of negative impact due to this...
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