Rap Music And Hip Hop

1560 Words May 31st, 2016 7 Pages
“Gangsta rap” has been around since the late 1980s, and has been categorized as a specific type of hip hop. Reflecting the violent lifestyles of many black American youths living within the inner cities of the West and East coast, gangsta rap became a voice. The genre reflected on and spoke about the harsh realities of what life for a black person during the 1980s. One of the most prominent rap names during this era that became the voice for many people throughout the nation was the N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitude) rap group. Originally from the streets of Compton, California, these teenagers decided to take on a risk, tackling the music industry head on, publishing their own works that spoke out against corruption. The creation of hip hop’s sub genre, “gangsta rap” during the late 1980s not only sparked widespread controversy, but also gave black communities a prominent identity within their hip hop movement of the arts; it offered the nation an understanding of the “black struggle” through lyrics and went against established culture.

“Hip Hop is the only genre of music that allows us to talk about almost anything.”(Flash. Foreword) Dating back to the late 1970s, hip hop originated within predominantly African-American neighborhoods. The youth, who resided in communities throughout the South Bronx, sparked a movement and developed a culture within this genre that has had a lasting effect for decades. What made this genre an aspect of everyday life for these New York…

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