Rap Music History and Genres

Those who are young or fairly brand-new to the HipHop culture do not understand that Rap Music has various genres:

East Coast: The East Coast, most especially New York City, was the genesis for rap music striking the mainstream. Run-D.M.C. led the pack, with Rakim and Big Daddy Kane also breaking through to make rap become a national phenomenon.

West Coast: While HipHop was cooking in the East, West Coast rap music acquired nationwide recognition in the mid-1980s with performers like Ice T and Too $hort.

Dirty South: While most of the music world's attention concentrated on rap coming from New York and Los Angeles, HipHop artists in the South were counting on independent music labels to release their work. Geographically, the Dirty South category incorporated places as varied as Houston, Birmingham, and Miami, and was greatly influenced by Ghetto Mafia in the mid-1990s. Musically, Dirty South rap is known for is danceabilty and rhythmic shipment.

Gangsta Rap: Some say Gangsta Rap first emerged on the West Coast with N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" release, while others credit Ice T with taking Gangsta Rap to nationwide recognition. Defined by lyrics glamorizing elements of a criminal way of life, violence, indiscrimination, materialism, and misogyny, Gangsta Rap's debate capped with the murder of the West Coast Tupcac Shakur in 1996, and the subsequent murder of the East Coast's The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997.

Pop Rap: Known for its prevalent, traditional appeal, Pop Rap's first breakout star was LL Cool J. The Fresh Prince and MC Hammer rapidly increased to the top of the Pop Rap scene and the music charts with lyrics that were less controversial than those of the Gangsta Rap genre, and thus were more likely to get radio airplay.

Christian Rap: While HipHop was gathering a credibility for less than savory lyrics and artists for doubtful activities, other artists were expressing their faith through HipHop. Christian Rap took off in the late 1980s and early 1990s with rap groups like P.I.D. and S.F.C.

Jazz Rap: Although Jazz Rap has actually never ever enjoyed mainstream commercial success, the category commonly includes Political and afrocentric styles. Gang Starr and Gil Scott-Heron are commonly cited as two of the first Jazz rap artists.

Aware HipHop: Similar to Jazz Rap, Conscious HipHop has actually never ever enjoyed mass office success. With a focus on social issues, Conscious HipHop isn't overtly political, however rather handles problems such as poverty and religion.

Electro HipHop: A combination of dance music and rap, Electro HipHop initially emerged in the 1980s on the West Coast from artists like Arabian Prince and Egyptian Lover. By the mid-1990s, Electro HipHop had basically run its course.

Dirty South: While many of the music world's attention concentrated on rap coming from New York and Los Angeles, HipHop artists in the South were turning to independent music labels to release their work. Christian Rap: While HipHop was garnering a track record for less than savory lyrics and artists for questionable activities, other artists were revealing their faith through HipHop. Christian Rap took off in the late 1980s and early 1990s with rap groups like P.I.D. and S.F.C.

Jazz Rap: Although Jazz Rap has never has actually never ever delighted in success, the genre often incorporates Political includes commonly themes.

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