Essay on Rap Music
As mentioned and enforced above, rap has had musical impacts on it to make it what it is today. In the late 1980's rap took another step into gangster rap. Gangster rap today differs greatly from the rap that first came out. As rap first entered the mainstream of the music world, it was less violent. Pop rap for example appealed to mainstream America. It sold quite a few albums. These artists consisted of Will Smith, M.C. Hammer, Young MC, and Puff Daddy. These artists are considered cross over artists because they took rap from strictly rhyming to pop music.
"However, these same artists have also been accused of selling out because their music is seen as feel-good music that emphasizes danceability over rhyme skills" (qtd. in Keeley). Rap music took a step in a positive direction by the acts of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. These artists were the first group effectively use rap for a social and political message. The type of music they releases expressed Black Nationalist ideologies. It discussed racism and made reference to Martin Luther King Jr. "Chuck D is not the only person who believes that some rap songs successfully pass on a social or