Hip Hopper: The Evolution of Rap in America

Origin of Hip Hop Hip Hop was a way for artist to creatively express them selves and tell of the struggles they faced in life. Hip Hop emerged from the Bronx and spread to others in the 1970s. Hip Hop was not just performed by the African Americans, but for those all across the African […]

More Than Music: A Brief Look Into Hip Hop Culture

Hip-hop is more than music. It’s a culture. Originating in the 1970s from inner-city African-American culture, hip-hop has had a lasting effect on the world. This post is a look into some of the history and aspects of Hip-hop but does not cover all of the history. Characteristics of the Genre DJing, Rapping, Break dancing, […]

Gabriana Simmons

Why I shouldn’t have to take the final Throughout this course during this semester, I have been able to gain a better understanding of the history of black music. I have gained a lot of new information, which I was able to display my understanding in all my post. I feel that I should be […]

Techno from the Past

Origin and Influences Techno music (also known as underground dance music) originated in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1980s. Techno music came along with the advancement of technology. Many black people began to lose their jobs due to the advancement of technology. They took that technology to create techno. Many believed that techno was the […]

Black and Blues


Rhythm & Blues

Motown Records 01.12.1959 Music and Musicians Who Founded Motown? On January 12, 1959, a young African-American songwriter from Detroit named Berry Gordy founded the company “Motown Records Corporation.” As a man of vision, drive, talent and determination, Berry Gordy was also a producer, innovative entrepreneur, and teacher. Under his leadership, and through determination and support […]

Detroit Electronic Music

Detroit Electronic Music By: Whitney Holmes Introduction to Electronic Music In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a new genre of music had emerged in America. Unlike the previous genres of music, this genre of music was solely composed by using beats on the computer. Techno music originated in Detroit Michigan before it became the […]

Cecil Taylor the Piano Croner of Free Jazz

Cecil taylor was born on March 25, in 1929 in Corona, Queens, New York. He started playing the piano at a really young age and practiced at least six days out of the week. Once graduating from high school, he attended both New York’s college of Music and Boston’s New England Conservatory (NPR, 2018). Notoriety […]

Black and Blues

Black and Blues History The blues began on Southern manors in the nineteenth Century. Its innovators were slaves, ex-slaves and the relatives of slaves—African-American tenant farmers who sang as they drudged in the cotton and vegetable fields. It’s commonly acknowledged that the music developed from African spirituals, African serenades, work melodies, field hollers, provincial fife […]


Black & Blue The Blues. The blues emerged in the South after the American Civil War but was all too familiar of a sound to many black individuals. The “Blues” had a sound that served as a reminder of sadness, pain. Its sound was associated with the struggle, something many black individuals were ready to […]

Tori Kelly

Thesis Tori Kelly is an immensely talented artist, musician, and music producer that deserves more recognition and popularity in the music industry.  Origin Born on December 14th, 1992,  Victoria Loren Kelly is the daughter of Alwyn Kelly and Laura Kelly. Raised in Wildomar, California, Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.  Due to […]

Hip- Hop All Around

Origin of Hip- Hop Hip – Hop is the most listened to genre of this century. The history of rap music has its roots since the days of slavery.  This form of music was an outlet originally for the pain and suffering experienced by slaves. Although rap music has been around for centuries, it made […]

Detroit Techno

Origin of Detroit Techno: Techno is a form of electronic music produced using a wide range of analog electronic and computer-based digital instruments and software. It was originated by Juan Atkins in the 1980s. Elements of Detroit Techno: House music: a style of electronic music originating in gay Black clubs in Chicago in the 1980s. […]

Hip Hop

Hip Hop, which originally emerged in largely African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Latino communities of the Bronx, is now one of the most popular and influential genres of music amongst all people today. Not only is a popular music genre but it has become a culture as well. Rap music is the most popular aspect that […]

Who is the real king of R&B?

Who is Bobby Brown? Robert Barisford Brown better known as Bobby Brown was born on February 5, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. He had a rough upbringing as a child. He fell in love with music at the age of three with James Brown being his idol. He joined the church choir and this is where […]

Gospel over the years

Gospel music is religious music of African Americans that emerged in urban centers during the early decades of the twentieth century. Gospel music is performed for aesthetic pleasure, religious and ceremonial purposes, and also as entertainment. During its origin, the entertainment aspect was very hard for some of the older religious blacks to grasp because […]

Stevie Wonder

Who is Stevie Wonder? Stevland Hardaway Morris was born on May 13, 1950. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born earlier than his due date and because of this reason he was born blind. As he started his music career he began to go by the name of Stevie Wonder. He began is […]