Hip Hop Music's Influence On American Culture

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Some say that hip hop originated in the west, in places like Compton, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay area. Others say that hip hop started in the east in places like the Boogie Down Bronx, Queens Bridge, Uptown(Harlem), and even The Bricks(New Jersey). But it was in Bay Shore, Long Island where one of hip hops greatest contributors was born. He was born as James Todd Smith to James and Ondrea Smith. James did not live a pleasant childhood. When Todd was of four, he saw his darling mother and grandfather shot by his own father. This was probably one of his dramatic moments in his life. After they got back up from their losses his mother Ondrea began seeing a young physical therapist she met while being treated in the hospital. He treated…show more content…
Todd grew up in St. Albans, Queens, where hip-hop music was a huge influence on the community. He soon fell in love with what hip hop had to offer. At around the age of nine he was just listening to the music and by age 11 he was writing his own lyrics and producing his own beats with DJ equipment that was given to him by his grandfather. A little bit after the time he turned 15, he and one of his closest friends came up with the name that he wanted to hear being chanted by millions of adoring fans, L.L. Cool J, which means "Ladies Love Cool…show more content…
Once Russell heard the song “I Need a Beat” he loved it. I mean he really loved. He loved so much that he not only signed LL to Def Jam but also released his debut album, "Radio," the year after. It was also after securing a distribution deal for Def Jam with Columbia/CBS Records. The record sold over 100,000 copies, establishing both the label and the rapper. This was the label's first long-playing release. Up to this day, L.L. is thought out to be one of Def Jam's most prized possessions. When he released his first hit, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," in 1985 when he was just 17 years old, LL came out to be a hard-hitting, streetwise b-boy with spare beats and ballistic rhymes (Internet Source). But he soon quickly developed a smoother R&B style and began putting out what is known as lover's rap by putting out his hit single "I Need Love." LL dropped out of high school and recorded his debut album, Radio. When it was released in 1985, Radio was a major hit. From momentum of "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells," the album went platinum in 1986. The following year, his second album, Bigger and Deffer, shot up the charts to number three due to his hit "I Need Love," which became one of the first pop-rap crossover hits. Believe it or not by 1990, his

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