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Funk

The word "funk", once defined in dictionaries as body odor or the smell of sexual intercourse, commonly has been regarded as coarse or indecent. African-American musicians originally applied "funk" to music with a slow, mellow groove, then later with a hard-driving, insistent rhythm because of the word's association with sexual intercourse. This early form of the music set the pattern for later musicians. The music was slow, sexy, loose, riff-oriented and dance able. Funky typically described these...

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Lasting Impacts of Funk and Disco

The Lasting Impacts of Funk and Disco The transition from the 1960’s to the 1970’s was a rough one. A decade characterized by the supposed defeat of poverty and racism as well as the conquest of space, was subsequently and surprisingly followed by a decade of chaos and disorder in the world. The country was running out of promise, the troops were running out of Vietnam, and the President was running out of office. Luckily however, the emergence of great music simply could not be affected by the...

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Jazz Influences on the 20th Century

from ragtime to big band to bebop, fans of several types of music took notice. Artists such as Miles Davis, spent his career changing his sound and style ane became a model in the evolution of fusion, and jazz which drastically changed R&B, Rock , Funk, and other types of music. Davis, Ray Charles , Herbie Hancock, and many other jazz musicians helped to start the trend of cross-compilations playing on albums of artists who are not jazz artists. These examples of musicians throughout history shows...

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Old School Rap

Spanish language rapper, and his recorded work was the beginning of what became known as reggaetonIn the 90s, gangsta rap became mainstream, beginning in about 1992, with the release of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. This album established a style called G Funk, which soon came to dominate West Coast hip hop. Later in the decade, record labels based out of Atlanta, St. Louis and New Orleans gained fame for their local scenes. By the end of the decade, especially with the success of Eminem, hip hop was an...

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Music as an Identifier in Danzy Senna's Caucasia

in order to survive. Music is a reoccurring element that Senna weaves into her writing. As we follow Birdie throughout her story, not only will we see her change, but the music around her changes as well. Her story begins in the 1970’s, the era of funk music, a style of music where African American musicians blended elements of jazz, soul and R&B. Cole and Birdie struggle with their identities after enrolling at the Nkrumah School, an African-American pride focused institution. Soon, they learn...

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Hip Hop vs America

break-dancing, the b-boys, and the b-girls. How you act, walk, look talk are all part of hip-hop culture. And the music is colorless. Hip-hop music is made from Black, brown, yellow, red, and white cultures. Whatever music that gives you the grunt. That funk. That grove or that brat. It’s all part of hip-hop. Hip-Hop began as an early ‘70s youth street culture in New York City, with all of the peculiarities of place embedded in it- the slang the way people moved. If one had grown up in the Black community...

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Choral Speaking Script

genres of music, no wonder life is a symphony! ALL: Music influences teenagers in s~o many ways. L1,2,3: Hearing your favourite song on the radio can turn your day 360 degrees! R1,2,3: It’s the most effective medium that teens use to break out of the funk. ALL: There is just so much meaning behind music nowadays! Music can also tell an artist’s life story, things they have been through, and even their opinion on certain views. L&R2,3: Songs about the environment, L&R1:[earth song!] If they...

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Do different types of music affect the thinking and behavior of teenagers?

DJs. House music is a genre of Electronic dance music that was originated in 1980’s in the famous American city of Chicago. Disco is a style of music that became famous in late 1970’s and is played in the Discs and Clubs. Disco music is also called Funk. Hip hop, Rock, and Electro are music styles that consists of a stylized rhythmic music accompanied with rapping. Rapping is a rhyming and a rhythmic speech that is sung at a faster pace but in the same tempo of the song that is being played. Hip hop...

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Hip/Hop Versus R&B

a variety of different types of music. It is produced and supported by primarily blacks around the world. Beginning in the early 1940s, rhythm and blues music embraced genres as jump blues, club blues, black rock, and roll, doo wop, soul, Motown, funk, disco, and rap. It was first coined in 1949 by Jerry Wexler, who became prominent with Atlantic Records. Southern soul was originated by James Brown and Ray Charles. On many of the early soul records, Charles would take a traditional religious...

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Hip Hop in Society

tradition of poetry and speech over music. Many believe hip hop was born in the historic building in 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York. This is where DJ Kool Herc and other DJs would perform. He also developed “break-beat deejaying” where the breaks of funk songs were repeated and isolated to be used and go with all-night dance parties. Herc would make announcements to dancers which would lead to rhyme spoken accompaniment now known as rapping. This formed the basis of hip hop music. (Jeff Chang, 2005)...

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