A Concise History of HipHop
Exactly what we understand as rap music today started in the 1970’s with obvious African American and Latino musical influences along with an impact from Jamaican folk tales where stories are related in rhyme. It owes its origins also to hip jump when New York City DJs emphasized balanced drum breaks in popular funk and disco music in the ever growing trendier club scene. These clubs ended up being recognized and powerful with the big name DJs’ capability to draw large numbers of the in-crowd. This rise of the DJ carefully parallels the increase of rap music then and now.
The escalation of rap music also brought about a freshly broadened function of the Master of Ceremonies or MC. It is a truth that the most talented MCs with their charming presence became of utmost importance to the development of hip jump music and to the rap artist. The best of these MCs effectively entertained audiences previously, throughout and after the entertainers actually plied their trade. Rap music has actually been described as MCing, where artists speak lyrically in rhyme and verse.
The word of this new music was spread by break dancers, rap artists and graffiti artists in New York City in the early 1970’s. By the late 70’s rap music had acquired some powerful industrial attraction and therefore began its high uphill rise as an alternative to pop music in America and subsequently all over the world. Rap music is performed both with and without instrumentals or synthesizers in the background. Lyrics can be written down and learned by the rap artist, or they may be improvised by the artist ad lib while carrying out.
The Sugar Hill Gang gave rap its office motivation in 1979 with their recording of ‘Rapper Delight.’ The Sugar Hill Gang recorded the interest of the major record labels causing the rap audience to expand significantly.
By the 1990’s, a sub-class of rap called gangsta rap sprang up and thrived in the United States. It consisted of questionable lyrics with a focus on street violence, sex and drugs, which obviously added significantly to rap music’s attract American youth and rapidly infected all levels of socio-economic groups.
Rap widened it’s appeal and popularity (or prestige) and got a bigger share of the audience for popular music with groups like Public Enemy, NWA and Ice-T. After more than twenty years, present day rap music and its artists continue to take pleasure in a massive following throughout a field of varying demographics.
Undoubtedly since of it’s questionable lyrics and rhythms, not to discuss artists, especially galling to moms and dads of young people, rap continues it’s meteoric rise into the 21st century. As a matter of reality, rap music is the fastest growing and most popular genre in America’s music scene today, along with the global music scene.
Today, hip hop and its coz rap are taking pleasure in the best popularity of this musical category than it has ever had due to the fact that of mainstream approval of such artists as Kid Rock and Eminem likewise known as Slim Shady, who derived his performance name from his birth name, Marshall Mathers. These two, among others. have proven that rap is not just for black male audiences. Speaking of others, female rap artists have stepped up to the plate with the gifted musicianship of Salt ‘N Pepa, Li’l Kim and the multi-talented Queen Latifah including more women to the ever blossoming eclectic audience for rap music.
We owe the very first use of the term ‘rap’ in print to The Village Voice penned by Steven Hagar, who later composed a book on the history of hip hop entitled ‘The Illustrated History of Break Dancing, Rap Music and Graffiti,’ which is now, unfortunately for major fans of such musical stylistics, out of print.
After a number of years operating in the service market, the author decided to lastly go and do something he enjoyed. He is now employed part time as a professional writer.