Hip hop music is part of hip hop culture, which began in the Bronx, in New York City in the 1970s, primarily among African Americans and Latin Americans, with considerable Jamaican influence. (two other elements are breakdancing and graffiti art).
The music may be based around either live or produced music, with a clearly defined drum beat (almost always in 4/4 time signature), presented either with or without vocal accompaniment.
Hip hop music was an outlet and a “voice” for disenfranchised youth as the culture reflected the social, economic and political realities of their lives. The music was popular there at least as far back as the late 1970s. The first Philadelphia hip hop record was “Rhythm Talk,” by Jocko Henderson in 1979, and the New York Times dubbed Philadelphia the “Graffiti Capital of the World” in 1971.
Rap is mostly influenced by hip hop. You can say that hip hop is synonymous with rap. As rap is all rhythm, very little melody, and virtually no harmony and is generally written by the younger generation for the younger generation — providing a universal voice for the young. In other words, hip hop music is a musical genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with backing beats.
Hip hop music is further a genre of music typically consisting of a rhythmic style of speaking called rap over backing beats performed on a turntable by a DJ. The Music has really gone a long way since the days of bboys spinning on cardboard boxes listening to what is now called underground rap.
The music emerged alongside breakdancing and graffiti, also popularized in the inner-city youth culture in New York City in the early 1970s as well. It is a unique, progressive style that attracts experimental artists with a deep love for diverse music styles, and many with strong poetic skills seek out background beats that compliment their performances and help contribute to the originality of their words.
Hip hop music was (and is) a venue for personal expression and creativity. Rap is the culture of African Americans, the continuation of their language and traditions. Music journalist Peter Shapiro suggests that Kool G Rap “created the blueprint for Nas, Biggie and everyone who followed in their path.”
Music isn’t about music, it’s everything we do day to day. Musically, rap songs usually have a strong rhythmic aspect with the spoken lyrics emulating the intense rhythm of the beat and exemplyfying daily African American life in the ghetto’s of America.
About the Author:
Jackie Spivey is the Author of this Article. He is an artist who has a very creative, eclectic collection of music that is available for your listening pleasure. You can listen to and/or download songs at JacSan Records. And learn much more about music at JacSanRecords Music Blog.
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