Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American hip-hop rapper and songwriter from Compton, California. Lamar is a member of the hip-hop collective Black Hippy, which is a part of the TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) label. Lamar is known for his storytelling, imagery, wordplay, passion and varied song structures, Kendrick brings hard-hitting lyricism with narratives to the West Coast, not traditionally known for its lyricists but for gangsta rap. Kendrick Lamar 's third studio album "To Pimp a Butterfly" is a wild ride of stimulating lyrics, jazz-like sounds, and Pac-like rebellion. Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, doesn’t explicitly bill itself as a movie like good kid, m.A.A.d city (Lamar’s first mainstream album) did, but the network of interlocking dramas explored here feels like a movie nonetheless, and a variety of characters appear across the album’s expanse.
Historically, the music of N.W.A provoked great discussions when they released Straight Outta’ Compton in 1988. They were one of the first hip hop groups that made headlines because of the use of profanity in their songs (Ogg and Upshal 1999, p.118).
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.
Hip Hop was the wildfire that started in the South Bronx and whose flames leapt up around the world crying out for change. James McBride’s Hip Hop Planet focuses on his personal interactions with the development of Hip Hop culture and his changing interpretations of the world wide movement. Many of his encounters and mentions in the text concern young black males and his writing follows an evolution in the representation of this specific social group. He initially portrays them as arrogant, poor, and uneducated but eventually develops their image to include the positive effects of their culture in an attempt to negate their historical misrepresentation. McBride begins his essay in high contrast to his intended purpose with an anecdotal discussion of his first encounters with Hip Hop music that inevitably represents black men as arrogant, aggressive, and poor.
Listening to songs like "Warning" and envisioning a giant super hero defending himself from evil. "Big Poppa" had me waving my hands in the air when I still thought girls had cooties. It wasn't until I was older that I truly realized the greatness I was witnessing. The "Ready to Die" album in my opinion is a top five rap album of all time and I'll
In 1986 Run DMC (a hip hop group from Queens, consisting of Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell) released the song “My Adidas,” which was the third song on their album Raising Hell. Due to the rise of rap music in the 1980s, the song, along with the whole album developed to a success and landed at number one in the Billboard charts. The song “My Adidas” was obviously an attempt of commercializing the shoe company Adidas. One important factor appeared during the hype of the song. Hip hop culture has developed to a profitable “source of influence in market economics” (Miner 75).
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.
WE FINNA TURN UP! YA READY? !” The sold-out stadium exploded as Chief Keef performed “Love Sosa”, a song which references misogyny, violence, drugs, and materialism, elements of most popular Hip-Hop today. Probing for an exciting occasion, adolescent suburban white kids paid to see yet another black man make a mockery of himself and his own race as Keef
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.
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.
Both groups are excellent with samplings. At the time in which sampling became the mainstream, people worried that whether this will lead hip-hop music to innovation or regression. According to Perry, “hip-hop music concerns itself with both the self and the we” (Perry 31). I think both group presented their creativity in their songs. In Fight the Power, Public Enemy uses samples from Different Strokes by Syl Johnson, Funky Drummer by James Brown and Fight the Power by The Isley Brothers (“Public Enemy - Fight the Power”).
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
Along with the numerous themes seen throughout the movie, the cast and storyline play a pivotal role in the film. Each of the cast members gave a very compelling performance that provided the audience with a unique look into N.W.A.’s world. O’Shea Jackson Jr. was phenomenal in his acting debut playing his father, Ice Cube. Being unfamiliar with N.W.A.’s career, Straight Outta Compton was a very thorough introduction into the hip hop group’s journey from inception to retirement. During N.W.A.’s reign, civil unrest was rising as instances of police brutality against African Americans rose.
Tupac inspired the youth to stand up for their civil rights Tupac Shakur is one of the most prominent figures of the 1990 's rap and hip-hop scene. Through his gang relationships, fascinating lyrics, and his very mysterious death in 1996; Tupac became an "Internet Icon" and is still very known and talked about. His words and actions helped to grow the rap and hip-hop scene of the time. Young black were taking Tupac 's rap lyrics for truth, and started joining gangs, representing their rap hero 's actions. He showing injustices that have been done to him or his friends in his songs; showing the world that even after discrimination was ended, racism was still prevalent towards young black men and that something needed to be done about it.