The Evolution of Hip-Hop

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Malik Shannon
Eng 22
Maddox
March 9, 2013

The Evolution of Hip-Hop

The world of music alone is always evolving, however we've come to a

conclusion that the message the artist convey in hip-hop music in this generation are

not helping out or paving the way for the next generation. The focus is to inform the

readers that "smoke weed everyday" or "finding Molly" getting women is not what

the hip-hop scene is all about. Hip-hop artists tell stories, or teach listeners about the

everyday life whether it is a privileged life, or a suffering part of life. Through the

evolution of hip-hop there were many styles that artists have came across. Styles such

as conscious rap, battle rap, and political rap have swept the listeners of hip-hop off

their feet.

Hip-hop is a form of popular music that is compromised mainly of

emceeing and deejaying. This genre of music originated in New York during the 70's. American DJ Afrika Bambaataa, also known as the "godfather," were one of the

originators of break-beat deejaying. Afrika Bambaataa is also known for giving hip-

hop it's name. The hip-hop culture is characterized by the four elements of rapping,

breakdancing, deejaying, and graffiti. The hip-hop culture started from house parties

where deejays would mix samples of records. From the Bronx, the culture then would spread to urban and suburban communities across the world. Rap is a rhythmic style

of poetry presented in 16-bar measures. These elements experienced considerable

adaptation and development over the course of the history of the culture. Conscious rap is a sub-genre of hip-hop that focuses on creating

awareness and communicate knowledge. Conscious political rappers speak out

on violence, discrimination, and other social ailments. Conscious rap contain

positive, uplifting messages, often delivered over smooth, ear-grabbing beats.

Some notable conscious hip-hop artists are KRS-One, Common, Talib Kweli,

The Roots, KanYe West, Mos Def, Pharaoh Monch, Nas, K-O's, and Lauryn Hill.

Battle rap is a style of hip-hop that stems from the quest to be

competitive within the culture. This style of hip-hop is used to sharpen the artists

"lyrical swords." Battle emcees focus on boastful lines and self-glorifying rhymes

about one's proficiency or level of success, accompanied by verbal insults hurled at

the other party, directly or subliminally.

With Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc pioneering the first ever hip-

hop movement, The Sugar Hill Gang released the first ever hip-hop single called

"Rapper's Delight" in the year 1979. Sugar Hill Gang's single hit the billboard charts

at number 36. Various rap singles were soon released by Grand Master Flash and

Furious 5, Kurtis Blow, Fab 5 Freddy, and the Soul Sonic Force. The forefathers of

hip-hop pioneered the movement that has rapidly changed the music industry. Ice-T

came out with a single called "Body Rock" which pioneered the gangsta rap

movement. N.W.A. also called N****s Wit Attitude helped pioneer the gangsta rap

movement with a single called "Straight Outta Compton" in the year 1989. The group

called The Fugees, a group which consisted of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras.

The Fugees were the first hip-hop group to pioneer socially conscious rap, a style of

hip-hop which is similar to political rap in which the artist promotes social ideals.

To show a comparison between the old generation of hip-hop and the

new generation let's take a look at some of the lyrics. Public Enemy, a group which

consisted of Chuck D., Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, and DJ Terminator X, was

known for there politically charged lyrics and American criticism. In one song called

"Fight The Power," one verse reads "I'm black and I'm proud I'm ready and hyped

plus I'm amped, most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps." The unfortunate...
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