An interesting focus in this article was dancing and how it has changed was dancing.
We all know the old school dances such as the running man, electric slide, and the cabbage patch. They came about because of the beat structure of the old school music and the flows of the artists.
The new school has incorporated new styles such as pop, lock, and dropping. Also the recent generations have changed in a mighty way with us being more provocative with our actions, such as our dancing.
This also ties into the variation and evolution of styles within the hip hop community.
Rap and hiphop history, the story of how it all begins and how it all became
Bryce Adair's insight:
This article was very interesting. It gave insight on the origination of rap, the definition of rap which is " also referred to as MCing or emceeing, is a vocal style in which the artist speaks lyrically, in rhyme and verse, generally to an instrumental or synthesized beat.", hip hop's definition " a musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, and is defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing.", and numbers that artists have provided to the industry.
Rap and hip hop is a very demanding piece of the pie when it comes to the music industry. Respectfully it demands 44% of the pie and that's a decline of 10% of what it used to be.
This article contained an article that had ideas that we use today. If you can appeal to other genres while staying true to hip hop you will be successful. Just look at OutKast going diamond with their album Speakerboxxx
In the early 1970's hip hop was created in the ghettos of the Bronx of New York. Over time this new phenomenon spread across the country like a wild fire, creating new opportunities for businesses and new artists to come up.
This article talks about the basis of rap, a steady rhythm to rap over and the culture behind it all . Also gives little background on some influential artists who paved the way for young artists such as myself to be able to pursue a dream.
This article supports my community because it states the foundation and the origination of a preferred genre of mine being in the music community.
This article had many points incorporated in it. Some of the main ones would be style, art, graffiti, and female rappers
Hip Hop is a culture not just music. Different cultures have individual things to them that make them unique ... Culture is art. However as stated in the article, Hip Hop is not really looked to be an art here in America.
Style has always been changing in the community ever since Hip Hop was made in 1973. If every artist had the same style and same sound, there would be no versatility and no one would be appealing to anybody because they all sound and act the same. Style is a key attribute to an artist, the more you standout the more attention you get. Whether it be your flow or your appearance people will notice.
Graffiti was something that the Hip Hop community was known for. You think of Hip Hop graffiti will later come to mind. It's an art, just not words but actual art. However, as stated in a previous paragraph, America doesn't look at the Hip Hop culture as a whole to be a art. There were graffiti artists that painted on subways, and it was them expressing themselves and telling you (America) about their environment.
Female rappers were ground breaking MC Lyte, Lil Kim, Salt-N-Pepper, and more opened so many doors for the female artists of today such as Nicki Minaj, Eve, Trina, and several others.
Hip Hop as a whole has changed. Some for the better but also in a negative light.
The success of hip-hop-centric sightseeing tours in Harlem and the Bronx is a sign that hip-hop has become part of New York's official cultural heritage.
Bryce Adair's insight:
This article was based on Grandmaster Caz, an influential groundbreaking artist back in the days of the origination of rap. It also contains little information on how the artists of today have it a little better than the founders. However, they pay homage and "resurrect the sonic past to serve the present."
Grandmaster Caz is now a tour guide in New York and gives historical insight on the past and the evolution today.
He contributes to my knowledge of my community by giving specific years and places where certain events in the rap community occurred.
Also on these tours he predominately receives international visitors. I learned that older DJ's and Artists have longer tenures in Europe because the struggle back at home to find a decent paying gig.
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Bryce Adair's insight:
Each individual artist has a commitment to their own theme that they want to project out to their fan base and the rest of the hip-hop community. Early hip-hop artists spoke on political, racial, and social issues that impacted the people that listened to their music. This was known to be message rap or conscious rap .
Some artists today still partake in the message rap movement, but other than the select few, that movement is over. Artists today appeal to the "finer things" in life such as drugs, money, and power. They have changed the structure of hip-hop that we once knew. That's another reason many artists say that hip hop is dead.
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