When compared to the other rap hits of the time, Run DMC's sound was very unique in the sound of the beats and the skillful, push it to the limit vocals. By the mid 80's, Simmons had founded the hip hop record label Def Jam, and Run DMC became the most powerful group in hip hop. Run DMC then started to experiment mixing their sound with samples of heavy metal guitars, basically combining the sound of each genre to create a gritty, street savvy sound. Run DMC's success showed the rest of the hip hop world that success could be achieved by delivering constant new material that challenged the status-quo with unique sounds and challenging lyrics. Their 1986 album Raising Hell was preceded by the top ten hit “My Adidas”, and then the release of a cover of Aerosmith's “Walk This Way”, off the same album, became the groups biggest commercial hit.
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.
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.
(Tupac Shakur) C. Thesis Statement 2pac’s passion in his career awarded him with such great success that he has become a prominent artists of the 90’s who’s music is still appreciated in today’s pop cultural . D. Preview of main points: By understanding Tupac’s life and the dedication and determination he put into his career helped him in becoming one of the most original and successful rappers of all time. Body II Main point #1 Determination in his passion A. Tupac was born on June 16 1981 in east side Harlem, New York City growing up in poverty and in a time of racial struggle for the United States Tupac’s parents were advocate leaders for the Black Panther Party, a political party that valued black nationalism. I. The militant style and provoking ideologies for civil rights would later influence 2pac’s music.
Hip-hop, while opposed to rap, generally defines the whole culture. Rap formed during the 1970s with the rise in popularity of block parties in New York, particularly among African American youth residing in the Bronx. Rapping developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks along with an instrumental or synthesized beat. The roots of rapping are found in African-American music and ultimate African music, with roots originating from the griots of west African culture. The African American traditions of signifyin' (an early form of wordplay), the dozens (game of spoken words between two communities) and jazz poetry all had an influence on rap music.
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.
Genre Overview * Developed in late 50’s * music originally evolved from the style of Jamaican music that included calypso beats as well as jazz and blues riffs. * The genre became known for its scratchy beats, fast tempo and the piano, guitar (and in later stages, horns) as the prevailing instruments * Ska music became known as the precursor to reggae, and became widely popular in the 1960's * The Specials and The Toasters two figure heads of ska sound * As ska music grew to be a popular genre of music, revival bands in the United States started to form. One such band, The Toasters, could effectively be argued as the frontrunner of the ska revival. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Operation Ivy paid homage to ska music by incorporating a distinctly ska sound into their punk music, thereby creating the ska punk genre. * Finally, during the late 1990's, mainstream ska bands began to see a dip in popularity.
Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name Jay-Z (sometimes stylized as Jay Z, or JAY Z), is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, Forbes estimated Carter's net worth at nearly $500 million.  He is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records, while receiving 17 Grammy Awards for his musical work, and numerous additional nominations.  Consistently ranked as one of the greatest rappers of all time, he was ranked number one by MTV in their list of The Greatest MCs of All-Time in 2006.
Regarding mainstream hip-hop during the 1990’s, Bradley brings to light that “the commercial expansion and the rise of video culture spawned a new phenomenon in hip-hop: the rap superstar…Hip-hop’s new white suburban audience had a great deal to do with the shift. Judging by album sales, the particular variety of music that seemed to appeal most to this group was the brash, loud, and bombastic style of gangsta rap” (The Anthology of Rap). Whereas commercially successful rappers like Notorious B.I.G and N.W.A embodied a rap superstar persona that was respectively, flashy and “brash, loud, and bombastic” which attracted hip-hop’s mainstream audience, Nas’ lack of commercial success lies in his failure of embodying the gangsta rap superstar persona that had emerged in mainstream hip-hop during the 1990’s. In contrast to the ethos of the gangsta rap superstars of his time, Nas painted a picture of a dangerous and harsh reality, which included his feelings of panic and fear over police confrontations, as well as his dreams to escape his reality and into a glamorous life that all the other gangsta rap superstars were seemingly living. Nas’ failure of not embodying the gansta rap superstar persona, characteristic of mainstream hip-hop during the 1990’s, led to his lack of commercial success.