Hip-hop is an influential form of music that displays an artist’s honest and revealing story that many of the general public can relate to. One of the many songs that I can relate to is “Love Yourz” written by J Cole. The song talks about how Cole reflects on the most important things in life such as love and happiness. He realizes that the money and fame didn’t bring him the happiness he desired. To gain true happiness, he needed to appreciate himself and those that love him.
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.
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.
The African American community has not gained full equality to this day. Even after fighting for many years this present day issue has come to light in Hip-Hop artists songs like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song, White Privilege II. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are respected in their line of work because they have become very popular in today 's Hip-Hop music. Hip-Hop has been the newest way of news being broadcasted. As many artists like Macklemore have become more of an activist in this day and age.
Rap music and its culture has its influence on the world in various ways. It possesses a significant influence on people, particularly its younger audience. Nowadays we live in a time where everyone wants to be alike and you can see the similarities in mainstream music. Most rappers have a unique style in which they wear their clothes, and people copy them. Rappers use their words and talk in their own lingo, teens mimic them.
Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, Makaveli, or Pac was an iconic American Rapper, Actor, and Social Activist. Shakur's image as a Goon and his Thug-Life persona appealed to fans across the nation and around the world. He is one of the best merchandising music artists worldwide, and considered as one of the best and the most influential Rap artists ever. Tupac's life was unfortunately cut short, after he was shot to death in 1996, at the age of 25, but his legacy lives on to this
Elvis was looked at in both positive and negative opinions due to his gyrating hips and how they were too sexual and some videos of him dancing had to be of only his waist up. Presley chose not to get affected by the people’s opinions and decided to express himself no matter what others thought. This inspired people of all ages and taught them that you can express yourself in anyway you want. Elvis was named The King of Rock and Roll, but the name wasn’t just given to him, it was earned. Elvis had several life accomplishments that helped him earn the title, because of this Elvis had a large impact on America when it came to being an inspiration and knowing how to ignore the hate in the world.
Even though my parents listened to KRS-One and Public Enemy, while my sisters engaged in Kanye West and OutKast, both eras of the hip hop genre purpose were to discuss economic problems and push people toward the right path of life. In Yan Dominic Searcy’s article, he says, “Many rappers grew up amid violence, police harassment, poverty, drugs and promiscuity. Rappers will tell you they rap about what they know. If the community wants to change rap lyrics, the community must change reality.” (Searcy) In this quote, the author is details that the only reason hip hop artist write about things that are real and actually going on in the world, so we should put blame on the community on violence. Searcy goes on to
Have you ever heard of N.W.A, Ghostface Killah, Kanye West, or Wiz Khalifa? These are all rap artists that have a message in their lyrics and the message isn’t a good one. Rap broke out in the 1980’s and is still alive today. Many people today listen to rap music and there are many different rappers now and they are making a lot of money. Everyone of all races and culture listen to rap.
What ironically leads the author to want to emphasize the ideas of his beliefs into the truth about reality and perception. The voice for each poem become me bolder and it emerges from a belief system growing up. During his time, Tupac Shakur was one of the most prominent rappers of all time, notorious for his radical lyrical content and impressive vibrant sound; making a deep change in the hip-hop scene. Shakur’s internalization of the complexity of society stems from a deep involvement of the Black Panther party, though his mother (Afeni Shakur) and stepfather, (Mutulu Shakur) know affiliates about the party. In the poems “In the Depths of Solitude”, “Ambition over Adversity” and “Untitled2”, Shakur expresses the mood of conflict and concern of the reality of what should become the person he wants to become.
Without all of the other artists sampling the song, it would have just been another ordinary song from two rap legends. So in this case, one could argue that sampling not only did other artists a justice, but it also did the creators of the original song
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.
Not everyone thinks this is a problem, but more of a solution to help promote their thoughts and opinions about major issues occurring in the world. For example, hip hop artist Drake is known for his music about the heart and love. Another artist by the name of Kendrick Lamar sings more about deep thoughts and the soul. Not only did a great message of a song allow hip hop to spread, but who was rapping the lyrics had a major effect on the hip hop
All I Want Is Power and an Empire Televised series such as Empire and Power, have widely become popular in our youth and it’s no secret that they correspond in several ways. Empire is an American drama based on a hip-hop entrepreneur, Luscious, who started his own record label company under illegal drug money. As a young juvenile, Luscious devoted his life to running the streets and producing music. His mission is to bolster the Empire he created, but during this process, there are prisoners, old street thugs, the wealthy, and even family eager to take it all down. Power is a drama series as well, and is based on a drug-dealer named James, otherwise known as "Ghost."