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Rap Music
Rap Music

Something most people believed was a fad that would quickly pass away appeared as an art form like no other. As part of the hip hop culture, rap is undoubtedly one of the most popular types of music to enter the industry in this century. It transcends boundaries and offers a person a way to tell his/her story. This method of singing gives more importance to the lyrics involved and to the meaning being expressed through them than to the musical instruments being used. Just the simplest beats are enough to make the sound of a rap song just awesome!

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This style of music has its roots in the West African musicians who used to tell stories rhythmically, with only the beat of a drum for accompaniment. Folk artists from the Caribbean Islands have been used to tell their tales in rhyme. These singing poets were the true pioneers who laid the foundation for the new rap songs that we’re listening to today! Modern-day rap music owes its existence to the decades-old practices.

Throughout the 1970s, when hip hop culture hit the streets of America, a radically new genre of musical composition started to gain popularity. This music has been influenced by ancient African rituals and has developed a style that includes speaking and singing rhyming lyrics to simple rhythms, which have only been used to provide the basis for the flow of words. The rhythm and musical instruments used have been given the least importance in the song. That was more important was the message expressed by the words. The rhymes used are considered to be one of the most complex poetry forms.

And that’s how rap video music entered the American music scene. The topics discussed by the lyrics of the most recent rap songs were some of the most divisive themes of the period. Yet rap music exhibited a kind of honesty and a straight forward mentality. This provided the singers with a way of expressing their minds and thinking about things that concern the group as a whole. Hip Hop pioneers helped this singing style to gain popularity with African American people, and soon rap music was everywhere! The street culture of America was completely influenced by the music and patterns of this art form.

Top 10 African Rappers

  • Phyno
  • Nasty C
  • M.anifest
  • Juma Nature
  • Dremo
  • Illbliss
  • Falz
  • Innoss’B
  • Vector
  • Emtee

Top 10 American Rappers

  • Eminem
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Travis Scott
  • Young Thug
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Gucci Mane
  • Cardi B
  • Rick Ross
  • Quavo
  • Wiz Khalifa

Many of the most popular artists in the music industry today belong to this genre of art. In reality, rap is now also featured in songs of other genres. Such is the success of new rap videos and songs that the charts are completely dominated by numbers that belong to this genre. The art form that was considered to be just a passing phenomenon has been around for almost 20 years. This has been the test of time and has totally changed the direction of the music industry. It’s just hard to picture what the music scene of today would be like if rap didn’t exist. The success rages against today’s artists, such as 50 Cent, Ludacris and Jay-Z, who hit after a thought-provoking album. The music is really going on.

 

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