(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.
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.
Instilled with a real hustler’s ambition, Pyrex Jones has been making buzz locally with mixed tapes such as Microwave Music 1, Mafia Muzik, and various videos and performances. Even though Hip Hop has secured its place in the mainstream pop since the late 90s; recently it has seen an era of decline. Pyrex Jones is hopeful to revive Hip Hop music through his own novelty and variety; securing fame enjoyed by 50 Cent or Akon, in the foreseeable future. He is expanding his buzz by currently working on “Block Boy Shyt: the Mix tape” featuring Lil Roc. He also has a leading role in the upcoming “Son of the Mob”.
The fact that this album birthed an entire rap genre is an accomplishment in itself. Nevermind the actual songs, just the presence of Chuck D and Flav was enough to revolutionize a nation. They had the perfect approach from the start; everybody wants to be apart of a revolution and rebellion. From their very first single - Rebel Without A Pause - the image of Public Enemy suddenly shifted into a rebellious, black rap group. They were the same group they were on their debut, but now they were louder.
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.
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.
Berry Gordy was an American record producer and songwriter. His claim to fame was the establishment of the renowned Motown record label and its affiliates. Motown became one of the most eminent music companies in the history of the U.S. Berry Gordy was born on 28th November 1929 in Detroit, Michigan and was the seventh child in a middle class family of Berry Gordy Sr. Berry’s siblings were all educated citizens however Berry wanted to become very rich very quickly so decided to drop out of school and become a professional boxer. He got interested in music by writing songs and soon opened the 3D Record Mart which was a store that featured jazz music. Unfortunately this venture was not successful.
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.
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. Figure 1: The 4 Elements of Hip-Hop Over the past forty years Hip-Hop has gone through some drastic changes in all of its elements. Hip-hop has evolved from a New York City past time to one of the biggest businesses in the world today. In this paper I will pay attention to the more musical elements of Hip-Hop, focusing solely on the DJ and the MC and how their roles have completely changed over time. With specific example from the Hip-Hop industry and the elements of both the MC
One of the fastest growing types of music in the world, dubstep is a new form of electronic music that combines heavy bass with samples, synthesizer, keyboard, turntables and hard-hitting drum tracks. Dubstep originated in South London, but has quickly spread to other areas of Western Europe and North America after initially getting some publicity on BBC Radio… and is fast-becoming a mainstream form of dance music around the world. According to AllMusic, dubstep is described as: “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals.” More accurately, dubstep is simply dub music set to a two-step beat. The usage of samples laid over low-frequency (and typically oscillating) basslines is really what defines this type of music. While historically, dubstep has been described as dark & deep… there are now many forms of dubstep that have elements of trance music, electronica, hip-hop and even pop.