History Of Hip Hop And Rap Essay

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Owen Shields English IV 22 September 2015 The History of Hip-Hop and Rap The controversy of Hip-Hop and Rap being that it is “only about violence” or “uninfluential” is one that has been around since the eighties. But is it really all about violence, sex, drugs, or protest? Yes, there are rap groups that only rap about violence, sex, drugs, or protest, but that is a genre called “trap” music. When mentioning of the original artists in the trap music genre, rappers such as Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, and Lil’ Wayne come to mind which rap about sex, drugs, and violence. There are other genres that rap about enlightenment, good morals, and inspiration called “conscious rap.” Conscious hip hop or socially conscious hip-hop is a subgenre of hip hop that consists of political, religious, third-eye enlightenment, or philosophical relations. Most people only think there is one genre of rap and that is “trap” and that is the genre most people don’t realize even exist. With the rise of popularity of conscious rap hopefully people will have a second and better opinion of the upcoming genre. If you look back from the beginning until the present, the history of hip-hop spreads out in every direction you could think of. It dates back to the nine-teen twenties when the earliest form of hip-hop dance was first thought of. It includes the Jamaican dancehall toasting era of the fifties and sixties. It spreads to the Last Poets and Muhammad Ali and Gil Scott-Heron, who
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