Rap Music History

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Even though many of us are familiar with rap music, most of us don’t know its origin. Rap music began in West Africa. It started out as a story that was turned into rhymes. All they had for a beat were drums and made up instruments. In Africa, griots began telling stories about their home and family. Griots were the West African historians and storytellers who kept all the records throughout the village. In the 1970s, rap music started becoming popular in the U.S as street art among African American teenagers. A popular rap group gain their popularity in 1979. This group was known as ‘The Sugarhill Gang.’ They are mostly known for their single “Rapper’s Delight” that made producers realize how big rap was getting. As rap began expanding, African
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