Essay on Rap Music

2271 Words Feb 20th, 2012 10 Pages
Rap is a popular type of music in today's society, but it didn't just come to be. In the 1970's rap emerged from other types of music to become what it is today. Rap is influenced and inspired by other types of music. Its influences are closely related to each other. Rap music has derived from various types of music. In a world in which people are constantly confronted with violent acts such as rape, assault, murder, school shootings and other violence's, society is eager and anxious to find and remove all causes of these cultural ills. All the blame can not be put on one particular thing but a heavier degree of blame can be put on one thing. Some of the violent acts listed above are expressed through music. Gangster rap, which followed …show more content…
The content of raps and toasts were also similar. When you look back on hip hop and Jamaican music, they are greatly similar to rap and you can understand how rap came to be. Granted they had their own styles, speeds and sounds of there music but the general ideas of Jamaican, hip hop and rap are the same.

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

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