Hip Hop

Hip Hop by Makayla Leonard

Hip Hop originated in The Bronx during the 1970s. Hip Hop gained popularity in the 1979 from being played at block parties and clubs. Hip Hop songs were made on two turntables by taking famous songs and making a break in the song. Hip hop transformed music and would bring black people modern day problems to light. Clive Campbell was the DJ that helped spur the moment. Hip Hop was vulgar and gritty unlike music from the past. 

Famous artist 

  • Run D.M.C.  
  • Doug E. Fresh 
  • Kid N Play
  •  Ice T 
  • Tupac 
  • Biggie 
  • Snoop Dogg 
  •  Slick Rick 
  • Grand Master Flash 
  • The Furious Five

Although it originated in the 70’s, hip-hop truly emerged in the 80’s and 90’s. Hip Hop started off as just beats and breaks before MC’s decided to start rhyming over them. Hip Hop was the voice for African Americans who had a story to tell. Hip-Hop’s “Golden Age” is where rappers expressed what it meant and felt like to be a Black person in America. Artists like RUN DMC, NWA, Ice Cube, Tupac, and The Notorious B.I.G. used their voices to address the oppression, drugs, gangs, violence, and other issues that were faced in African American communities during those times. Hip Hop was more like a lifestyle as it embodied the culture of blacks. But the issue with our rap music today is that the lyrics has moved to be more vulgar, explicit and degrading. It is often argued that today’s music is corrupting the youth that spends their time listening to it. 

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