Hip hop gained appeal within the black community because of the authentic and relatable nature of the lyrical content. Over time, hip hop and gangsta rap became a tool for competing record labels and associated gangs. Record labels wanted to build up a reputation in order to achieve commercial success. Emergence of the West Coast In 1986, inspired by Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D, Crenshaw-based Ice-T released the song "6 in the Mornin'". It is considered by many critics as the very first gangsta rap song.
Rock music also shocked humanity with harsh lyrics and wild instrumentation. Many artists in a variety of genres, included rock, soul and folk, and they sang about civil and women’s right and many other social issues. Soul music, focused mainly on the race and civil issues during the sixties. James Brown was one of the soul artists that spoke out through his music about racial and social injustices and to uplift Black Americans. Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell were part of the folk music scene when it came to protesting against or for social issues.
The next song, “N.Y. State of Mind” by Nas. As shown here, I have a wide ranging taste in music that notably includes hip hop. Why do I find myself as a suburban, white teenager listening to artists such as Nas and Kendrick Lamar when hip hop has historically been predominantly connected to black America? Many of my friends and acquaintances have also taken a liking to hip hop.
An artist people love to jam to during this period of time was a popular artist who is well known today as James Brown. James Brown was an artist who added a new twist to Hip Hop which focused more on groove versus the melody of music. James Brown wrote songs that uplifted people and put them in a mood to dance and mingle. James Brown was known as the “King of Soul”. Classic Rock was created to reach the
All in all Dyson's main points to his argument is understanding how rap came to be, the negative and positive images that gangsta rap portrays to the black community, and acknowledging that rap music shows true beliefs about growing up in bad black neighborhoods. Rap originated from the early '70s during the Rosetta stone of black culture. Jobs were being losses in the inner cities. Lack of social services in predominantly black rural areas opened up drugs and violence in black communities. Therefore rap came to be the main way of expressing social oppression in black communities.
However, there are conscious messages in some gangsta rap. Such as Tupac Shakur, in the beginning of his career he released numerous songs with messages that were sorrowful yet powerful. Dear Mama was one song that spoke on black single mothers on welfare and he thanks them for being strong and able to take care of business, even through hard times. (“2pac”). He also came out with a few others like, Keep Ya Head Up, Trapped, and Holler If You Hear Me, these songs
His first album, 2pacalypse now, was a success among many of the underdogs of America. It made Tupac one of the first socially conscious rappers of the early 90’s because the album spoke on many of the problems going on in society. Many people were able to relate to Tupac, regardless of where they were from. Though Tupac was a born leader, he had many legal problems as well. He had constant run-ins with the law which made his leadership very controversial.
Major Writing Assignment: Tupac and Hip-hop Every musical generation has had its pioneers that have left an impact on the genre and all its constituents. For hip-hop, there have been a couple of pioneers, but one that will never be forgotten is Tupac. Tupac’s ideologies and the way he incorporated these ideologies into his music became the voice of, not only the black or poor community, but also to those who had goals of changing the world. His music stood out from the rest because of its controversial subjects, Tupac’s straight-forward attitude, and the realness of his rhymes. Tupac addressed the street’s problems in his rhymes and was a voice for the ghetto.
On That Other Level in 1989, the Rick Rubin produced The Geto Boys in 1990, and We Can't Be Stopped in 1991. The Houston area also produced other artists that pioneered the early southern rap sound such as UGK and the solo career of Scarface. Though white rappers like the Beastie Boys, House of Pain and 3rd Bass had had some popular success or critical acceptance from the hip hop community, Eminem's success, beginning in 1999 with the platinum The Slim Shady LP, surprised many. Rap in foreign countries during the 90's: In the Netherlands, important nineties rappers include The Osdorp Posse, a crew from Amsterdam, Extince, from Oosterhout, and Postmen. Italy
Social and economic class being at the heart of the Motown enterprise from the inception of the company through the mid-1980s, is vivid through their upbringing of the lower-income African American people, their devotion to making music the younger social class, and their The Motown enterprise aimed to please the African American people who were at the bottom of the social and economic class. Motown associated their music with the black struggle by being the first record label ever owned by an African-American. It became a vehicle of black pride and self-expression. During Motown’s beginning period, their strength was their accessibility to the black community (41). Many black people were seeking new ways to make money because they were sick and tired of being employed by Ford Motors where there was little pay.