Rap started between the years of 1979 and 1984, Mostly in West and East of America. Rap from this period is now called ‘Old School Rap’.
Rap started by people rhyming in poems and using beats with it, poetry was a great influence on rap, mostly Old School Rap. They typical instruments in the Rap beat could basically be any beat, usually a short 4-8 loop with alot of base.
Some of the most famous rappers include, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G) Nas, Jay-Z and Eminem. Old School Rap is basically words with a beat, basically telling a story, mostly about life or struggle, some rap is also about love, but most is about life. But, New Rap is mostly about Money, Sex and Fame. This is one reason why most people prefer Old School Rap over New Rap.
Tupac Amaru Shakur (Stage name 2Pac or Makaveli) is an American Old School Rapper, born on the 16th of June 1971, and Died* on the 13th of September 1996. Tupac was born on the East Harlem area of Manhattan in New York and was named after Tupac Amaru the II, he was born to his mother, Afeni Shakur and his Biological father, Billy Garland. Both of Tupac’s parents were active members in the Black Panther Party Society which was a African-American Self-Defence anti-racism group.
Tupac Shakur as a child, wasn’t really in to rap, he started writing poems, about his life and point of views. At this period, reading poems out loud was basically rap. Tupac was a lyrical genius so everyone loved his work.
Tupac Shakur’s music was influenced by his poetry work.
Some awards Tupac Shakur received were:
Nominated for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, in 1994.
Nominated 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album (Me Against The World) and Best Rap Solo Performance (Dear Mama) in 1996. Won Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist in 1997.
Topped the Billboard year-End Charts as the Top 200 Album Artist (Both Male and the Top R&B Artists) in 1997. Inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2002.