Throughout the history of this country, the music of African-Americans has had a strong influence upon our society as well as our culture. This music started by carrying the slaves from Africa and is still with us today. The youth of today have retained certain elements within the music to form other unique styles of music. Jazz and hip-hop are two of the most widespread and popular forms of black music ever created. They were both strictly created by black musicians.
Such problems remained prevalent throughout the Harlem Renaissance, though their effects were limited by the sheer size and power of such a movement. Such a movement changed the lives of African Americans throughout the country as their culture was, for the first time, taken seriously by the general population. This movement should be studied because of the changes it brought about to African American culture on a wide scale and because it represents a large
Following the evolution of blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, came the introduction to many more genres established by African Americans, such as, Hip hop, R&B and Rap. Today, the musical genres created and influenced by African Americans are top sellers in the country, though jazz isn't as popular today it will remain a big part of American culture and history. ("20th Century Music," n.d.). The unfortunate circumstances of the slave trade introduced America to unique sounds, rhythms and song structures of African tradition and influenced the creation of blues, jazz and many more musical genres. Although racism deemed the early development of African American music “immoral”, the lively and diverse music thrived and spread American culture around the world.
A man from Pennsylvania named William Franklin Goodling reported, “African American music has influenced all aspects of our society in the form of dance, fashion, language, art, literature, cinema, media and advertisements. All in all African American music has made a positive impact on and a broad appeal to diverse groups both nationally and internationally” (Goodling, William. House Resolution 509 speech). Very few people understand how America was highly impacted
Hip hop has become popular, not just in America, but worldwide. Hip hop has expanded itself into music, fashion, advertisement and movies. It’s given many rappers, and those associated with the genre, the chance to branch themselves out into other ventures and create their own brands. Also, it has allowed them to bring hip hop to other communities through organizations and fundraisers as well. Hip-hop has gone through many changes that some people do not agree or identify with.
Since then though, it has branched out more sub genres in different parts of the world, but its true purpose has remained the same, which is to represent a culture. Now even though it no longer solely represents the same culture it was started in, it still represents a culture, no matter which. I believe that the start of hip-hop in the Bronx was more of the foundation that was laid out, and allowed more MC’s from different parts of the world to show their talent and their message to their specific culture that they were raised
Scholars such as Carl and Virgil Taylor emphasize “Hip-Hop is not only a genre of music, but also a complex system of ideas, values and concepts that reflect newly emerging and ever-changing creative correlative expressive mechanisms including but not limited to song, poetry, film and fashion.” Hip hop includes, rapping, graffiti, breakdancing, and DJing. It grew in popularity after a lot of house parties and basement parties. DJ Hollywood and DJ Afrika Bambaataa are known for coming up with the term "hip-hop". What Hip hop containes, is considered “artistic variations” of street gang competition and one’s ability to be better. Hip hop is broken down into four main subgroups Rapping or MCing Graffiti Breakdancing DJing Rap is when a person is MCing or rhyming, it is considered a form of poetry, and it focuses mainly on the flow, delivery and lyrical content that is being said by the MC.
Hip-hop is a subcultural movement formed, during the early 1970’s by African American, Latino, and Caribbean youths living in South Bronx, New York City. Hip-hop did not become popular outside the African American community until the 1980’s, but by the 2000’s hip-hop was the most listen to musical genre in the world. The hip-hop culture is rooted in four foundational elements: graffiti art (visual), turntablism or DJ’ing (aural), breakdancing (physical), and last but not least rap music (oral). While hip-hop is continually developing, these elements provide coherence to hip-hop culture. In the 1970’s a new music culture emerged from the predominately African American neighborhood of Bronx, New York City.
Hip Hop and rap are a music genre consisting of a styled rhythm music that commonly accompanied by rap. Rap is a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted, during rap artists usually speak about society, what wrong, or what bothering the individual. Hip-Hop and rap started in The Bronx, New York by among African American youths that as well resided in the city. However, as music and more artists started coming out becoming fairly known the expansion and genre of what we call hip hop and rap expanded and many started getting influenced by the words that artists sung and begin following dreams of their own in becoming artists. On May 7th I attended Buffalo State College Spring Fest concert at the sports arena.
Hip-hop and fashion have merged together to create something to be an inspiration on the runway and on the streets. Language has also evolved from hip-hop creating new ways for youth to express themselves. The University of Illionois defines slang as the “non-standard use of words in a language and sometimes the creation of new words or importation of words from another language”. Ebonics is scholarly research to explore the relationship between hip-hop slang and African American English. “YOLO” was popular slang for ‘you only live once’ made famous by Drake in 2011.
Long Island, New York has cultivated many hip-hop talents in creating masterpieces of hip-hop songs. For example, rap crew Public Enemy’s Fight the power, hip-hop trio De La Soul’s Me, Myself and I, and Eric B and Rakim’s Follow the Leader. All of these songs had great influence over the future hip-hop generations, yet the ones that stood out to me were Public Enemy’s Fight the Power and De La Soul’s Me, Myself, and I. Fight the Power was produced by Public Enemy’s production team The Bomb Squad, and Me, Myself and I was produced by De La Soul and Prince Paul. Although two songs were both released in 1989, they offered different insights for listeners.