King Kunta: The Rise of a Kid That Had Nothing The song “King Kunta” by rapper Kendrick Lamar is very catchy song about Kendrick’s rise to the top of the rap game and the his resistance to selling out like many rappers do. He really uses ethos strongly in this song to get people to listen to what he is saying and to get his message across to those people. His audience is mainly young people between the ages of 15 and 30, but his music reaches a very wide spread community of people. The name of the song, “King Kunta”, is an oxymoron - Kendrick thinks he is still being oppressed like a slave, while still being dominant and rich like a king. It contrasts the lowest and the highest levels of society.
Music has been the blood of our pop culture since the first signs of sounds made by our cavemen ancestors. It had been a huge influence in our culture like our lifestyles, fashion, attitudes, and language. But one genre in music has created an impact in our history, especially the American history for it paved way to the Civil Rights movement. It was through combining African American and white music that created a spark in that movement, and without The King none of this spark would have ever light up in the first place. And this “King” is none other than, the king of rock and roll, Elvis Aron Presley.
Or he would beatbox the rhythm. That’s how we would come up with most of the songs on The Bachelor.”(Brydon, 2015) By the 1990’s Timbaland was one of the most sought after hip-hop and rhythm and blues artists in the music business. Unlike some producers Timbaland was one of few who created his own beats rather than using samples, creating complex and syncopated rhythms usually complemented by obscure sounds and rapping. In an interview on January 2004 Timbaland described his producing style as “My producing style is this: ‘I am the music.’ The artist is the front man for the producer.” (Timbaland, 2004). Timbaland is an extremely talented in the music industry as a producer, singer, songwriter and DJ at the age of 15 creating mixtapes as DJ Timmy Tim.
BOB FOSSE’ STYLE REVOLUTIONIZED THE WORLD OF JAZZ The subversive and prodigious choreographer Bob Fosse had a style that not only astonished the American dance scene of the time but sent shockwaves across the globe. He pioneered a progressive technique that changed the music theatre scene indefinitely, which led to the birth of Broadway burlesque. Fosse’s style incorporates sharp agile movements that display the body in a way that shows off rather than disguises. The dance community was immediately sceptical of his approach but began to grasp the fact that Fosse’s technique could one day be popular amongst the dance society. Fosse’s roots in childhood formal dance training provided the framework of his career which helped land him jobs in local nightclubs and later Broadway musicals.
His singular style of play brought joy to millions, and has likewise led to the spread of cultural acceptance mentality that is present in his songs. Dave Matthews was an exceptional player who brought something fresh to the table where the music industry was dominated by rap and grime music. His music, instead of containing lyrics that hold contempt for others, preached acceptance of all polishes. Matthews was also an incredible success with successful multiple visits and a great fan base that allowed Matthews to achieve four platinum albums, and one independent album gold. The music of Dave Matthews preaches acceptance of cultures, and I think Matthews intends to shift the point of persuasion of people about different cultures through his speech.
The “Rolling Stones”, the “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World”, or the “Stones” are all names of which the influential bad boys of Rock ‘n’ Roll go by. The well deserved and hardly argued title of the “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World” was first bestowed upon them in the 1960s. Although there were other Rock ‘n’ Roll bands rising to fame at this time, almost simultaneously, the Rolling Stones graciously accepted the title and carried it to the top along with them, taking no breaks from the spotlight. The Rolling Stones left a lasting impression on the music industry as well as on most, if not all, of the people that have had the pleasure of enjoying their music, including myself. I was first captivated by the Stones as a kid
However, in this particular commercial the author’s main purpose is to persuade his or her audience to purchase the soft drink Sprite. In the Sprite commercial ad, the author uses two of the three basic rhetorical appeals, ethos and pathos. Ethos is a tool used to persuade an audience by using credibility of an author or speaker. Within the commercial, Drake, an infamous Canadian born rapper is used due to his credibility. Because Drake is a world renown rapper, producer, and
Gates, “I Don’t Get Tired” Kevin Gates is an inspirational artist. He went from living down in the streets to making his life as a successful artist. From his first song successful song “Get in the way” to his last top hit “I Don’t Get Tired”. Gates is continuing to make his singing career more successful, and making rap look even better. Kevin Gates was born on February 5, 1986, in Baton Rouge, LA.
On January 8th, 1935 one of the greatest influences to pop and country was born. Elvis Aaron Presley changed the way people heard and saw music through his songs and the way he performed them. Elvis’ music was stunning, he had eighteen American No. 1s and hundreds of gold records from around the world. He brought a way of performing that people had never experienced before, he was electrifying when he performed on stage.
Elvis Presley’s personalized creation and performance of rock transformed the style as a white genre. Elvis credited the musical influences of blues and jazz for the creation of his unique approach to rock and roll. Not only did the early 20th century music inspire Elvis Presley, but well-known, successful groups such as the Rolling Stones and Beatles credit the blues for their inspiration. ("20th Century Music," n.d.). 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.
James Nugent 16 July 2015 The Legitimacy of Sampling Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, two of hip-hop 's biggest legends collaborated in the early months of 1984 to create one of the most influential songs ever. Released in 1985, on the B-side to The Show, "La Di Da Di" garnered considerable media attention, making it one of the earliest rap songs to blow up nationwide. Instead of it playing on just black music radio stations, the song played on Pop music stations. The song has an everlasting legacy and influence on all genres of music, not due to the original song, but rather the hundreds of mega hits through the practice of sampling. The practice of sampling was discovered by early 1970’s DJs who played around with manipulating vinyl on two turntables
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.
Some of the most well known musical artists was Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Hendrix and even Bob Dylan. (“1960s/’70s Timeline) These artists shaped music into what it is today. The motto of this generation was “Peace, Love and Rocknroll.” (“Hippie”) It wasn’t just musical artists who brought this generation up, but also painters and illustrators. Andy Warhol, for example, brought a new form of art to life. It’s called pop art, which is still used today in modern art.