Sympathy for the Devil “Sympathy for the Devil” qualifies as a neighborhood narrative for various reasons. In the article written by Kelefa Sanneh, she discusses the evolution of Eminem 's career. Eminem became a sensational hip-hop artist in the early 90’s, becoming one of the first popular white rappers. He was popular for using graphic lyrics, using an original style, and his race. This gave him recognition.
What West is doing with music production is impeccable. “Kanye remains popular because he is truly one of the best rappers of all time. His music resonates.” (Tamara Conniff, Mini Bio- Kanye West, biography.com ). Kanye West’s music has set the basis for hip hop and R&B for a decade now. “Speaking of hip-hop, with 21 awards, Kanye West is the rapper who counts the most Grammys.”(Alex Frank, The Biggest Hauls in Grammy History, vogue.com).
After watching a portion of a movie called Wild Style during a class session, I couldn’t help but rent it out afterwards and watch the whole thing, twice. When analyzed as a basic movie, Wild Style is less than mediocre. As a document of South Bronx culture in the early 1980’s, it is beyond priceless. The producer Charlie Aheard captured the hip-hop culture right before it became a nationwide phenomenon; Wild Style portrays a first person experience of when it all began. Legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones plays the part of Zoro, the city 's most elusive graffiti writer.
Bob Marley, although he cannot take credit for the creation of reggae music he is known as the face of the genre. If the topic of reggae music he would be the first person we would think to mention. Bob Marley was a phenomenon because of his words in music Vinay Advani of telegraph magazine says “he tied to use his music to bring peace, mend fences and unite his countrymen.” (august 10,2015) for this reason he was a national icon and deserves to be on my Mount Rushmore.
Although they are not from our time, Elvis Presley and Michael Jacksons’ names are known all over the world. These two are arguably the most influential artists in music history. Elvis was an actor, singer and dancer, while Michael chose to focus mainly on his music and dancing. Despite their differences, both helped sculpt the music industry into what it is today. The popularity of Jackson and Presley causes many to ask “Who was more influential?” While Elvis Presley was mostly known for rock, he also gained recognition for his work in the country and gospel genres.
Intro: In recent years, rap music gradually accepted by people, especially the youth. In all types of rap, West Coast Rap and East Coast Rap are the most distinctive styles. They had an important impact on future generations. It is thought that rap could date back to the time when the black music appeared. Until the 1970s rap formally established his own style, in which the main credit should be attributed to the popular disco DJ who mixed black funk with popular rhythms.
They referred to a drug called LSD in one of their songs and it became widely popular. It was a legal drug at they did it often and wrote about it. A quote from one when they were referring to the drug was “turning off your mind” in their song “Tomorrow Never Knows”. “The Beatles appearance with the with the “moptop” hair set them aside from the other bands”(biography.com). “Every record was a shock when it came out” (Simon&Schuster).
The author remembers how everyone in his high school loved the song when it came out, but in hindsight the song is too closely similar to their earlier work. While the song was fine it neither inspired nor lived up to the magnitude of their early 1990s work. However if the author looks at it though for the time the Peppers did release a good song seeing that the album went quadruple platinum. The author is just trying to insinuate that while it was a good song, Californication was on the downward slope of the Peppers. The Peppers early 2000 song Californication was a Grammy winning song highlighting the dark side of Hollywood.
In a society where songs with meaningless lyrics and repeated phrases gathers the most publicity, it is surprising to find songs that exhibit meaningful lyrics and thoughts. Unlike most hip-hop songs that contain useless repeated lyrics, Kanye West’s 2008 hit “Heartless” contains lyrics full of meaning. After producing this song, he was starting to approach the zenith of his career. This song became an instant hit for not only its soothing beats or sounds, but for its impactful lyrics that take the listener multiple attempts to really understand. This song tells the story of a tragic breakup between two individuals that cannot seem to get along.
In the early 1990’s, the hip-hop and rap genre was largely dominated by sounds originating in the West Coast, specifically the South Central Los Angeles area. Artists such as Niggas with Attitudes (N.W.A), Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg were associated with the rap scene to a strong extent. A major reason as to why West Coast hip-hop was a more popular subculture than East Coast hip-hop was its use of G-Funk and party style beats, creating grooves that were easy to dance too (Brackett 483). Despite its beats however, West Coast hip-hop had a very distinct and controversial lyrical style to it. A major component of its lyrical style was the artist’s sociopolitical oppositions and their “criticism of social institutions” (Brackett 471), specifically those associated with police brutality against African-American men.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are” are two of, 90’s grunge band Nirvana’s songs that are still commonly known and popular today. “The unexpected success of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in late 1991 propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of 19912, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream” (Erlewine). “Come As You Are” kept the band’s popularity consistent, however, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” made the band’s popularity sky-rocket (Azerrad, p. 227). When, where, why, and how did this legendary rock band come about? Who is the mastermind behind this so called “Nirvana?” The answer; Kurt Donald Cobain.
Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are two African-American rappers regarded as some of best hip-hop artists of this generation. J. Cole is regarded as the “Biggie” of this generation, and Kendrick is considered the “Tupac” of this generation. While born on opposite sides of the country, both J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar share a lot of similarity in the early part of their lives. Each rapper is known for his storytelling ability in his songs about their previously harder times or certain political issues he believes needs attention. In addition, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar were both known for their early maturity, which gave them an easier route to more fame.
He achieved huge fame for the first time by being featured on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddy’s Home. He has been widely reputed as Big Daddy Kane’s hype man during this time. But Kane claims that Jay did not meet the traditional role of a hype man. He actually made cameo appearances on the stage. After working with several famous singers, Jay finally released his first official music video named “In My Lifetime”.