Popular Culture in Rap Music

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English Comp 1 4/21/12 Popular Culture in Rap Music The history of rap music started in Africa with rhythmic beats using drums. From Africa to the Caribbean islands it came to America and started its influential change on American Music. The first rap song to take flight and make its mark on the up and coming rap culture was the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979. In 1986 rap music finally reached the top of the music charts and was show on MTV for the first time featuring Run-DMC. Continuing to change in the 90's in the east coast came the more harsh and raw of the rap music scene like Wu-Tang Clan and Notorious Big. As for rap music on the East coast rap music was mellower. When these rappers first started rapping the music videos were…show more content…
They all had their own strengths but as a group they were unstoppable. It was said to almost be like a support system (wutang). They were from statin island, NY, known as the most revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s. Their music videos didn’t have any woman dancing or any kind of flashiness going on. It was very raw and real. It was shot on the dark street or in rundown buildings, with dark clothes, looked almost gang like because there were just so many people in the video and in the group it was just so raw. People loved this about the group and those rapping about what they felt were the real life issues they have dealt with and seen grown up in the streets. Even though the group broke up over the years and started to do things on their own they are still looked at as being one of the most influential hardcore rap groups (wutang). Next is The Sugar Hill Gang first came out in the 1970’s with the song “Rappers Delight”. Even though this was the one hit for the group it still made a huge impact on the rap scene. The song eventually went on to sell over 2 million copies, hit #4 on the R&B chart, and became the highest selling 12 inch single ever (starpulse). When the song first came out on the radio no one knew who this group was but none the less it blew up as a hit worldwide. In the video “Rapper Delight” the Sugar Hill Gang it is a very simple low budget video but they still manage to have girls dancing in bikinis and sitting by the pool and a

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