Rap Research Project
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The History of Rap Music.
Rap is a genre of music that emerged in 1970s New York City, it is heavily influenced by earlier African American musical forms, including blues, funk, and jazz, as well as by disc jockeys in Jamaica who "toasted," or talked over, the music they played.Rapping essentially involves the speaking or chanting of rhyming lyrics, often set to a beat. The rhyming created by rappers is considered by many to be one of the most sophisticated styles of poetry.
The origins of rap and hip-hop are the subject of much debate among popular music experts, but most agree that the genres evolved from the work of street poets, including the Watts Prophets and Last Poets.
Rapping first gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1970s as a kind of street art, especially among African American teenagers. But it wasn’t until 1979, when the Sugarhill Gang released their breakaway hit, ‘Rapper’s Delight, that record producers took notice of this emerging musical genre. once they did, numerous rap acts, including Run-DMC and N.W.A., surfaced, and rap’s audience began to swell.
By the 1980s, white rap bands such as the Beastie Boys and female rap bands such as Salt-n-Pepa were reaching the top of the charts.By the 1990s, rap matured from an old-school-style – which was based on relatively simple lyrics – to a new-school-style, which was louder and included more complex lyrics. Artists such as The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Tupac ruled the charts during this time, as did Eminem – one of the most popular white rappers of all time.
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