A local DJ called Livin' Proof started his set to begin the night, to be followed by rising British artist Loyle Carner, and finally the main act Joey Bada$$ and Kirk Knight supported by legendary DJ Statik Selektah. Statik Selektah played a small set of a couple of songs before playing Joey's instrumentals to allow him to perform. The music was meant for different things. At some points, it was meant to be listened to attentively, but at others it was just to go crazy, in a practice called mosh-pitting or just ''moshing''. It is a style of dance where participants push or slam into each other.
The four traditional pillars of hip-hop are DJing, rapping, breakdancing, and graffiti art. Five additional pillars are sometimes added: hip-hop fashion, beatboxing, hip-hop slang, street knowledge, and street entrepreneurship. Hip-hop music incorporates a number of iconic elements, most notably DJing and rapping, along with things like beatboxing, sampling, and juggling beats on turntables. In early forms of the music, DJs would loop portions of songs, highlighting the interest percussive patterns found in them, to create their own new, emergent beats. These beats were eventually coupled with a rhyming, chanting style of singing, referred to as rapping.
These distinctive beats and bass lines became the foundation of a new type of music in these clubs, and Djs can be seen as the prime movers of hip hop.” “MCs (Master of Ceremonies) in the clubs were there to introduce the hot new DJ. Between songs, though, MCs began to talk to the crowd. Like MC's even today, this talk varied between jokes, biographical anecdotes, as well as attempts to excite and energize the audience. Eventually, some local MCs began to talk over the music, and this talk soon became part of the music performance. These MC's became known as "rappers".” “Eventually, "rap music" was refined to become a mixture of rhythmic poetry, and rappers were getting noticed by 1979 and some commercially successful records were selling locally, though rap had hardly made an impact on the U.S. mainstream.” As the eighties went by, hip hop got more popular and we had some station that would play our music such as BET, but MTV only played everything besides African American music.
The roots of Hip-Hop can be traced back to the early 1970’s in New York. It was a movement that developed and quickly spread throughout the African American community of the South Bronx. Hip-Hop was way more than just a style of music, it became an entire subculture consisting of four elements. 2 The graffiti artists, who would provide visual arts in various forums, the break dancers or B-Boys, who would perform complex dance moves to a rhythm, the DJ, who would and blend the background music, and finally the MC, or rapper. The MC began as an individual who would announce the DJ and hype the crowd, but over time developed into the rapper who would grow to play a much larger role in the production.
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.
Clive Campbell, known as DJ Kool Herc, is the credited as being the pioneer of hip hop in the United States. “Kool Herc was inspired by the Jamaican tradition of impromptu poetry during toast, and thus decided to accompany it with rhythmic beats generated by sampling. “ (Chan) Hip hop offered the youth a way to express themselves and bought forth new ideas. Hip hop was a way youths in black inner city neighborhoods to express what they were feeling, seeing, and living and to many it became a form of entertainment. Back in the days as some people may call it hip hop was a way that a certain person felt and the things that they would say was things that happens in real life everyday situations.
This forced Kool DJ Herc to find another appealing sound in order to please his audiences, which he did. Kool DJ Herc adapted a new style, which involved him by chanting over the instrumental or percussion sections of the popular music of the day. He learned that by taking two identical records using an audio mixer, that he could play any segment over and over, there fore extending one segment for entire song (Light, 1999). In the early 1970’s and with the emergence of disc jockeys such as Kool DJ Herc, hip-hop began to spread through urban areas of New York like “wild fire.” Kool DJ Herc, who actually coined the term “hip hop,” began to realize that this was the beginning of a new genre (Light, 1999). As this phenomena evolved the party shouts became more elaborate, d jays began to incorporate little rhymes such as “throw your hands in the air and raise ‘em like you just don’t care.” With regards to Kool DJ Herc, as he progressed eventually turned his attention to the complexities of d-jaying and let two friends Coke La Rock and Clark Kent handle the microphone duties.
B. Credibility Statement Tupac’s music has made an impact on modern day Hip-hop that he has become very well known throughout America by many of his fans and many young artist today who admire his music. I. Rollingstone.com states examples of highly appreciated artists of present day society that also started their music careers in the 90’s that were influenced by Tupac’s originality in his music. Famous artists such as Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Chamillionaire are a few of the many who respect his success. (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 .
Ronnie Brown 6/10/11 How Has Rap Impacted Society It is safe to say that Rap music has been an influence to society, and still is influencing society as we speak. How Rap music has influenced society can be examined from both good and bad angles. Rap is known to be a controversial topic, and will immediately ignite conversation. Evolving and changing over the years, Rap has been able to affect the entire world in more ways than one. Good or bad, it is still pretty impressive to witness how one of the youngest genres of music has grown and is still growing.
Hip Hop music and its culture has crossed cultural, racial, geographical, and religious lines around the world. In order to understand the significance of this phenomenon, we must first explore the origins of hip hop and the obstacles it faced over the years. Hip Hop music, as we know it today, first began in the mid 1970s in the Bronx, New York. During hot summer days it was not uncommon for inner city neighborhoods to have block parties. The parties served as a way to bring people together after being shut in all winter long.