The hip hop culture started back more than a few decades ago, in the late 1960’s. It was used to express a rapper’s life through poetic lyrics. It was most popular in African American and Latino communities. It was a way for them to get away from their life problems and just enjoy life. “Rap music is very influential and can have positive or negative effects, according to some experts.” (Killion) ““To say there is no influence and no effect is naïve,” said Murray Forman, professor of media studies at Northeastern University in Boston.” (Killion) ““It is a known fact that hip-hop has taken over, in a sense, the mainstream youth culture,” said Emmett Price, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston, who teaches hip-hop culture.
Run DMC was the first hip hop act to successfully make headway in the mainstream market. Their manager, Russell Simmons, was a visionary when it came to marketing a hard nosed, gritty sound to the masses. Run DMC's sound was a very influential rap group within the genre itself. Before Run DMC, most of the releases by hip hop artists were based on 1 or 2 singles combined with a bunch of filler. When Run DMC came along, they were the first to create a full album.
My little brother who is 8 years younger than me was into playing every kind of gangster rap he could listen to and it drove me crazy. It is not to say that I did not like some of the artist like Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Dr Dre, Snoop Dog, Ice Tea, and Ice Cube just to name a few of the artist that’s music did not bother me the most even though sometimes that could be course with their words. Here are some of the Difference In "Rap" And "Hip Hop"? “"Rap music" and "hip hop culture" are roughly synonymous in the minds of many Americans, though there are differences. Hip hop was originally a combination of rap, DJing, breakdancing and "tagging", which was the hip hop name for producing graffiti.
To begin, here is some background on the gangs that will be discussed. One gang that has grown rapidly throughout the years in New Jersey is the Bloods. The Bloods are an African-American gang that started in Los Angeles, California. The primary reason why the Bloods are so huge and notorious today is because they wanted to compete against the intimidation and rivalry of the Crips. It all started when the Pirus, a set underneath the Crips, separated during an internal gang war.
Kendrick Lamar Rap, Hip-hop, all portrayed as the same. The race to the top is the battle of egos as rappers try to outdo each other by proving who is the most “ gangster” . What they all have in common is how they idolize the way they were raised in the hood. Using the tough background to almost scare the audience. But where is the truth?
These words and phrases were commonly used during the 60s and 70s to describe certain aspects of the heroin trade. “American pop culture historians place a direct link between… pop stars and celebrities… and heroin” (Mark 1). Another way the music industry has been greatly affected by heroin was the deaths of many famous music stars like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobaine. Both were very popular in the 70s and made heroin look glamorous to many young fans. Other artists such as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, and Robert Downy Jr. have had their careers greatly affected by the use of heroin.
As the book explains, 2pac served time in jail when his third album was released. 2pac was sent to jail for being accused of sexually assaulting a female fan. Obviously not the greatest influence he was. From the quote, we can see that 2pac was incredibly famous. Reaching top charts, 2pac had touched many lives with his inspirational music.
Will Smith was a rapper by the name of The Fresh Prince alongside, childhood friend, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ready Rock C. However, the Will Smith that is seen today is not the one of 1988. In the year 1988, The Fresh Prince was tackling the rap world. Will Smith was so talented that he was awarded the first Grammy in the rap category. That award catapulted him into the limelight starting him on the path to superstardom. Another reason that Will Smith is the best entertainer is because of his long acting career.
Frank Lucas The American Gangster Frank Lucas was born in La Grange, North Carolina on September 9, 1930. He made a living in Harlem, New York in the 1960’s and 70’s as a heroin dealer and organized crime boss. He was successful mainly for cutting out the middleman and buying his heroin directly from Southeast Asia. A rumor, denied by Leslie Atkinson, was that he smuggled heroin into the U.S. in the coffins of dead servicemen (American Gangster True Story). Much of Frank Lucas’s childhood life explains his motivation for living a life of crime.
I will go in-depth as to why hip-hop has become more commercialized and why the hip-hop culture is portrayed in a negative way along with discussion on racial and discrimination that exist in the music industry. Facts on who controls the Music Industry and the corporations that broadcast mainstream media to the masses along with theories a lot of authentic original hip-hop artist have spoken up about in regards to the illuminati that I too am in agreement with the authentic rappers’ point of view, and how corporations and have took control over the true essence of the hip-hop movement in order to profit and “enslave” the people in the struggle who benefit from and are the creators of the original hip-hop movement. This paper will touch base on the complex paradox between authentic rap music and commercial mainstream music, along with how the music industry has changed due to digital and technological advancements. Also, theories of new world order concepts