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Essay On Rap Music

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Hip Hop and Rap Music


Every so often a new style of music emerges that takes America by storm and comes to represent the generation that grows up with it. In the 50's it was rock'n'roll, followed by the Motown sound of the 60's. The 1970's brought folk music and disco, and in the 80's it was rap. Perhaps no other form of music has crossed as many boundaries and become a bridge between America's many cultures as rap has. Let's face it, if you listen to any current or some old rap/hip hop CDs in America there is always an intro which paves the way for the rest of the songs and gives you a taste of what the CD is going to be like. I am going to try to do that here, just like any rap CD. Although some might not know it,…show more content…

Another origin of rap is a form of Jamaican folk stories called "toasts." These are narrative poems that tell stories in rhyme (Bennet). African Americans in New York City heard this Jamaican style music, brought to them by DJ Kool Herc, in a style of using to turntables at once and as a form of a musical instrument. Herc eventually added a microphone and threw in some Jamaican toasting style-joking, boasting, and using myriad in-group references (Headbob). This new type of music spread through New York and in 1979 the first two rap records appeared and caught the eye of mainstream America: "King Tim III (Personality Jock)", recorded by the Fatback Band, and "Rapper's Delight", by Sugarhill Gang (Headbob). Eventually "Rapper's Delight" became a national hit and reached number 36 on the Billboard magazine popular music charts (Headbob).

By the 1980's, hip hop had become a dynamic culture shaped by black style, nationalism, and street smarts (Encarta). Rap's audience started to grow tremendously and gain notoriety with acts like Public Enemy, N.W.A., and Ice-T. More than 20 years have now passed and rap still has a huge following among people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Rap can and has influenced America's cultures in a lot of ways. The lyrics of some rap songs are very controversial and can contain some very vulgar language and attitudes. Throughout the late 1980's and early 1990's, rap songs got a lot of attention, not

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Katasia Green
Mrs. Hunt
Research Paper
1 March 2013
Violence in Rap music
Rap music has become more of a distinctive music genre over the past few decades. Rap music and hip hop is only good for dance and for parties too. Sources of information that describe people growing oppression, and declining for advancement. Its sounds, images, and attitude consist of the people, races and cultures. There are many rappers in the business who use negative and bad language such as Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Ice-T, N.W.A., Ice Cube, Salt 'n' Pepa, Queen Latifah, Wu-Tang Clan, and Snoop Doggy Dog. Most of these rappers are the most influential and controversial groups in the history of African American rap music .The violence…show more content…

In the industry there are some good and bad music artists. I believe in the late 80s their were some good music, now in my generalization the music industry is just all about the money life. It has a large in impact on the children today. Today all I hear about is the money, drugs, gangs, and clothes. It hurt me that in today society we are just focus on who coming out or what’s coming out next. The rap music tell people how to eat, what to wear, what gang to be in, what to smoke, how to talk to women wrong. That should not be in the music industry. We should listen to things like school, education, and the good things to do. Violence shows the negative and wrong things. Violence is the genre’s primary commodity and it’s currently of choice. The lyrics that kids and adults listen to make them do the things that they never through they would do. Teens that spend most of their time watching the sex and violence depicted in the gangster rap music video are likely to practice this behavior action in real life. Rap video influence behavior across other racial, gender, and social lines. Rap music is the way of expressing the way life is on the streets. There are a lot of people who can tell their life stories because most of them went though things like that. Some people get upset over the things like what’s hood is doing the most. Beefing up security and police for hip-hop and rap events. The way things happen because of the economic system makes

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