The Evolution Of Rap Music

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The Evolution of Rap Rap music is undeniably one of the most popular music genres today. What is rap? Rap is really a very old word. You can find the term popping up as early as the 15th and 16th century in Britain. The word rap actually meant to strike or to hit. After a few centuries a slight variation of this definition appeared which meant to speak or talk. In America around the 1960’s it began to pop up in the black community and was used as a slang word to mean that someone was talking or having a conversation. On August 11, 1973 in the Bronx, New York history was about to be made. (Known as the first Dj and the founding father of hip-hop) Dj Kool Herc and his sister Cindy began hosting back to school parties in the recreation room of their building. It was these gatherings that would spark the beginning of a new culture we know today as Hip-Hop. During one night during his set, he tried something new he called “merry go round”. Herc used two turntables playing the same break beat section of the James Brown record “clap your hands”. When one turntable finished playing the section he would switch to the other turntable and play the same section. This allowed him to extend that section of the song as long as he wanted. This technique is referred to as looping. This technique is used by record producers in almost every beat today. Over the next couple of years Djs and rappers were popping up at every block party to showcase their talent. Rap companies considered rap

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