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World Hip Hop Music on The Whole
World Hip Hop Music on The Whole

Early hip hop was an age of booming sound systems and rap music records in America African and all over the world. The origins of hip hop can be traced back to the South Bronx, where it first originated in the early 1970s. The African Americans and Latino communities created this community in the early seventies when it was more of a way of life for them. The colored people’s unrest due to injustice was portrayed by Hip Hop. With the rise of Hip Hop, gangster-inspired neighborhoods and drug-infested streets indulged in music and artwork rather than the violent brutality of the inner-city gang.

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Not only did music conflicts take place, but even hip hop battles and graffiti evolved slowly. This was a beginning for a modern hip hop culture to emerge. When hip hop music evolved, its precursor, Rap music, had a strong influence on the style of music and incorporated funk and R&B as well as poetry. It has complex rhythms, rhythms, an intricate poetic form, and an imaginative wordplay. Around the end of the 1970s, Kool Herc was one of the first toast rappers around his parties, influenced by the Jamaican practice of toasting. Early rap music was inspired by disco, but the advent of sampling devices led to new styles of music. Rapping also has its different styles, and the rhyming and delivery are also important for raping. Most of the raps are about party rhymes and love, abuse and intimacy, and often social problems such as police brutality, teenage pregnancy, and racism, as well as materialism. Rapping is not only a male domain; even female rappers have made their mark.

Through forerunners like Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaata, new trends like Toasting, Scratching and MCing have evolved. This kind of movement had its roots in Bronx, Brooklyn and every surrounding place where music jocks pursued their imagination and ended up with a distinctively different funky music that gained popularity among clubbers. The term Hip-hop was first used by all-time favorite MC Love Bug Starski as slang and a name for this movement in the 1970s. Yes, this latest cultural phenomenon has evolved exponentially and has started to be a significant force in the music industry. Its catchy beats and rhythms attracted such fantastic and enthusiastic crowds every time DJs performed. It even got to a point where someone who wanted a chance at stardom could crank a Hip Hop beat and almost make it instantly. It was then that this lifestyle began to develop uncontrollably, particularly with the advent of breakdance and graffiti artists, who were then the most interesting personalities of the period. The Old And New Hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, The Sugarhill Gang, Spoonie Gee, Treacherous Three, Funky Four Plus One, Kurtis Blow, Fab Five Freddy, Busy Bee Starski, Lovebug Starski, Doug E. Fresh, The Fat Boys, The Cold Crush Brothers, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Olamide, Wizkid, M.I. Abaga, Phyno, Falz, Ice Prince, 2Baba, D’banj, Tiwa Savage, Ruggedman, Reminisce, Blaqbonez, Flavour N’abania, Timaya, Yemi Alade, Lil Kesh, Fireboy, Joeboy, Rema, Teni, Rudeboy, Niniola, Tekno, Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Diamond Platnumz, rayvanny, etc. exemplified the image, style, and sound of old school hip hop. The golden age hip hop or the mid-school rap frames the 1980s while New school, with its advent around 1990s, associates with artists like Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, Def Jam, Juice Crew, Busta Rhymes, Charlie Brown, Dinco D, ODB with another popular hip hop collective like the Native Tongues, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Outkast, Black Sheep and many more. The list now keeps on increasing as artists like Puff Daddy, Eminem, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Linkin Park, Destinys Child, Missy Elliot, and many others have joined the league.

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Hip hop has not only evolved as a music form but also as a dance style, a fashion style, a vocabulary, and a multicultural community. And it’s not just about the blacks; it’s expanded across the East Coast, the West Coast, and America, and it’s taken the world in its footsteps. The big spread of hip hop has been through magazines, radios, and shows that speak about hot music, fashion trends, tour schedules for various artists. It has grown from being a small culture on the streets of the Bronx to an international, multi-billion dollar industry.

Part of the hip hop culture is the hip hop songs that have been the town’s talk since it wasn’t called hip hop, but disco rap. Rap was an important part of hip hop, and rappers would stage wild rhyming fights verbally abusing their rivals, which was called freestyle, and these offensive words would be spoken to a funky rhythm. Over time, the lyrical content has developed into more metaphorical and nuanced lyrics. Aware rap, a sub-genre that focuses on social problems and conflicts. Things such as morality, aversion to violence, economics, the plight of ghettos opposing poverty, crime, and the dead-end lives of black youth are included in mindful rap.

Gangsta rap is more aggressive, openly confrontational and surprising than that of existing rap songs, with incessant profanity and resulting in controversy.

Controversies are part and parcel of Hip Hop, and they’re all dry and gloomy without juicy gossip and new “beef” going around the streets, particularly when it’s all about competition and competition between gangs with disses and missions! It also occurs that artists themselves spread the wrong stories for either their attention or any other hip hop musicians. The musicians themselves are doing something like this to be continually in the spotlight. Nowadays, any comment made by any artist becomes news, and based on that news, various interpretations give rise to new rumors. Any star seen with someone else becomes a town talk, and everything they wear becomes the latest trend.

Speaking of the current phenomenon, hip hop fashion, which is commonly used today, is primarily inspired by the Afro-American style of dressing where hip hop originated, initially in the Southern Bronx. Earlier in the 1980s, disco-influenced styles were a trend, but they gradually started to disappear and the focus turned to African-inspired apparel with bright tops or bulky basketball jerseys, military baggy denim or freighters, Nikes and baseball caps. By the end of the 90s, the boom in designer brands and bling accessories was that of accessories for every part of the body.

Hip hop, with all its music, style, and vocabulary, has become the most influential music genre in the world and is the root of many sub-genres such as country rap, conscious hip hop, experimental hip hop, avant-garde hip hop, chopped and screwed, Christian hip hop, conscious hip hop, electro hop, gangsta rap, house music, mafioso rap, reggaeton, etc. as a constant list. Not just music or lyrics, but also videos of hip hop songs have become a rage. How the films/videos have been shot also allows the artist to become famous.

Most of the videos feature artists in branded clothes with bits of funky jewelry, cool cars, ladies, and gang-wars with pistols and clips from their live concerts, and more. Many of the videos are inspired/copied from other great videos. Eminem’s Not Scared, We’ve got you, Lil Wayne’s Lollipop, Black Eyed Peas’ My Humps, Missy Elliot’s Work It, Lose Hold, and many more.

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