Popular Culture in Rap Music

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Popular Culture in Rap Music

The history of rap music started in Africa with rhythmic beats using drums. From Africa to the Caribbean islands it came to America and started its influential change on American Music. The first rap song to take flight and make its mark on the up and coming rap culture was the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979. In 1986 rap music finally reached the top of the music charts and was show on MTV for the first time featuring Run-DMC. Continuing to change in the 90's in the east coast came the more harsh and raw of the rap music scene like Wu-Tang Clan and Notorious Big. As for rap music on the East coast rap music was mellower. When these rappers first started rapping the music videos were very simple, short, no half naked woman and the use of vulgar words was non-existent. In the 21st century there are rappers like 50 cent, Jay Z, and Snoop Dogg. Who in modern day rap music that has all changed and has shaped the new age of rap music influence on the way we look at woman, money, fancy cars, homes, the way people dress and a much flashier way of living. Run DMC was responsible for the first decade of the sound and style of rap music. They're one of the most influential groups in forming when rap music is today. They have made many “firsts” in the movement of rap music. To name a few they were the first group to make a full rap album, the first to have a top 10 charting album, the first rap group to earn a RIAA( in gold, platinum, and multi-platinum album), the first group to be on the cover of the Rolling Stones magazine, to receive a Grammy award nomination, have their own rap video air on MTV, the first rap group to appear on Saturday Night Live and American Bandstand, they were the first act to win the crossover appeal with rock fans to hip-hop fans, also to perform at the Live Aid in 1985 and they were finally the first rap group to be signed to an athletic product endorsement deal (rundmc.com). So to say the...
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