Hip Hop Compare and Contrast

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Originating in the 1970's among the African American and Latino communities, Hip-hop was born in South Bronx, New York City. Hip hop is a music genre that has a consistent backing beat, while the beat is playing the lyricist rhythmically speaks over the beat, which has become known as rapping. Throughout the 80s and 90s hip-hop gained popularity with major artists such as 2pac, Biggie Smalls, Dr Dre, and The Sugar Hill Gang.

In the early days of hip hop, rappers primarily speak of their struggles in life. Several factors lead to the popularity and wide spread of hip hop, primarily the fact that many people could relate to the lyrics. Being brought up in a community where it’s generation after generation of poverty, lyricists rap about their drug use, troubles with police, and their inability to leave the vicious cycle. A prime example would be "2pac Shakurs changes".

Over time the hip hop industry has changed, "new school" was born in the late 90s and early 2000s until the present time. It appears artists and listeners have lost sight of what hip-hop originally stood for. Songs are primarily about three things, drugs, money or women. A few examples of artists that have adopted this style would be - Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and Young Jeezy.

Bone Thugs N Harmony was a popular "old school group", they had attempted to make a comeback recently with the release of their album "Strength and Loyalty". However, they maintained their previous style, which the mainstream did not adopt. As a result, the album was not very successful and the band has fallen to mediocrity.

In my opinion I prefer "old school" hip hop rather than "new school". It is very apparent that artists of the older generation are more creative than the newer. They rapped about a broad range of topics, making each artist sound different and unique. To some extent it is evident in "new school" hip hop; however, it is not emphasized or appreciated. Today's hip hop lacks the creativity, as every...
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