Hip Hop Genres

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The 20th Century saw a lot of change for music. This wasn’t just for genres such as classical, minimalism etc. but for popular music such as; pop, rock, hip-hop etc. For this essay, I have decided to study the three genres of music; Musicals, Hip-Hop and Aleatoric Music. I have chosen to research Hip-Hop because I like the genre as a whole and I like listening to some of the songs in the genre. So, I think because of this, it would be interesting to find out more about this genre and say some of my opinions on it. I have chosen Musicals because they are very popular and I enjoy watching and listening to the songs. I’ve never really known what makes a musical song different to just any other song so I thought it would be interesting to find…show more content…
There are quite a few theories on where the term hip hop came from, but the most well-known is probably the song ‘Rappers Delight’ by the Sugar Hill Gang. The song, recorded in 1979, uses the lyrics ‘da hip da hop, da hippity da hip hip hop and you don’t stop’. Another theory is that Arika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation used the term hip hop to describe the block parties they were having in the South Bronx in the late 70s…show more content…
Rap is style that incorporates rhythmic and rhyming speech that became the movement’s biggest influence .

Even though hip-hop is quite similar to rap and is usually seen as the same thing, hip-hop is made up of four elements: deejaying (‘turntabling’) – a DJ is someone who plays a mix of ready recorded music either on its own or in the background of the singer/rapper, rapping (‘MCing’), graffiti painting (‘writing’) and B-boying (a type of dance that incorporates hip-hop style and attitude . B-boying is another term for breakdancing, a dance that requires the dancer to pay attention to the rhythm, using a lot of footwork. It also uses acrobatic and, occasionally, airborne moves, with head spins and back spins.

Hip-hop lyrics mainly include a style of allusion , which is an indirect or passing reference to something , and a sense of opportunity and freedom. The style usually uses culture and personalities as subjects. Writing about her research on hip-hop, Sarah Blake writes; ‘In 2010, I knew I wanted to write about hip hop. I love how hip hop is rooted in the present. I love its mixed diction, its humour, how it’s political, how much collaboration is involved… Kanye West’s life using a perspective distinct from his

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