How Funk Helped African American Culture

How Funk Music Helped Black Urban Communities Become Seen Funk music dominated the airwaves in the 1970s and 1980s but could be said to have started in the 1960s. Funk music is a sort of amalgam of other popular Black created genres (i.e., jazz and r&b) and follows off one of its predecessors, bebop, in […]

How Ice-T Brought Gangster Rap to the Masses

How Ice-T Brought Gangster Rap to the Masses His Beginnings The man now known as Ice-T was born Tracey Morrow in Newark, New Jersey. In 1968, following the tragic death of his parents, Ice-T moved to South Central Los Angeles, California, and finished his schooling on the West Coast. During those early years of his […]

The Belleville Three and The Creation of Techno

The Belleville Three and The Creation of Techno Detroit is a city that has influenced a lot of different things in American society, whether it be music or automobiles. A vibrant city with a long history, Detroit was the birthplace of techno music and was the city that many of the pioneers of techno emerged […]

Jazz Music Was Never the Same: The Revolutionary Impact of Bebop

Jazz Music Was Never The Same: The Revolutionary Impact of Bebop Jazz is a music genre that has stood the test of time. From being created more than a century ago, it has proven to be a music genre that can transcend generations. Yet, if it were not for jazz’s diversity, the genre would not […]

A Musical Chameleon: Big Bill Broonzy

A Musical Chameleon: Big Bill Broonzy Chicago is a city that marches to its own beat. Comfortably situated in the Midwest, Chicago has produced several musical greats, no matter the music genre. It is a city as diverse as the musicians that call it home. It was this energy that influenced one of the pioneers […]

A Musical Icon From Minnesota: Prince

Prince: A Musical Icon from Minnesota By Adrianna Richardson Methodology         This paper was written by compiling information found from analyzing several sources and completing research on Prince and his life/legacy. The full extent to how influential Prince was on the music industry as a whole and how he surpassed his contemporaries […]

Missouri’s Gift to Music: The Heartland of Ragtime

Missouri’s Gift to Music: The Heartland of Ragtime Missouri. A state known for its barbecue or Gateway Arch is also famous for being the home of many renowned ragtime composers and musicians. From Scott Joplin to Louis “Bird Face” Chauvin to Thomas Million Turpin and John Stillwell Stark, Missouri became a hotspot for ragtime musicians. […]

Another Genre Stolen: Barbershop Community Quartets

Another Genre Stolen: Barbershop Community Quartets What do the Southern Stars, the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, and the Mills Brothers have in common? All three quartets were created in neighborhood barbershops. Yet, these aren’t the only famous Black artists to come out of neighborhood quartets. Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, and Louis Armstrong also all […]

How Spirituals Helped Build Hampton University

How Spirituals Helped Build Hampton University When one speaks of music’s power, they typically are only talking about how music is an emotionally empowering tool. Yet, in many scenarios, music can be powerful in other ways. For instance, if it were not for the African American spiritual, Hampton University may not have become the institution […]