Popular Culture in Rap Music Essay

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Popular Culture in Rap Music

The history of rap music started in Africa with rhythmic beats using drums. From Africa to the Caribbean islands it came to America and started its influential change on American Music. The first rap song to take flight and make its mark on the up and coming rap culture was the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979. In 1986 rap music finally reached the top of the music charts and was show on MTV for the first time featuring Run-DMC. Continuing to change in the 90's in the east coast came the more harsh and raw of the rap music scene like Wu-Tang Clan and Notorious Big. As for rap music on the East coast rap music was mellower. When these rappers first started rapping the music videos were
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The beats are very simple and just keep repeating themselves over and over again. When they came out on stage it was just the three of them. There were just the two rappers and the DJ on the mix tables. In the video there were no girls shaking their butts, guys smoking or drinking, riding on the back of cars screaming at girls that are half dressed and no flashy life style (YouTube). This was what they considered real music back in the day when rap music was starting to get to the main stream.
When Notorious Big first came on the rap scene his videos were very simple only for the fact that he didn’t have much money to make the kinds of videos he wanted too. Once he got his first deal he started to make videos with the beautiful girls, nice cars, big chains and anything flashy he wanted. In his video “I love it when you call me Big Papa”, you clearly see the message he is trying to give without even hearing the words to the song. He’s walking to a dark club with girls all around dancing, he’s smiling, and he makes his way to his table. Once he gets to his table theirs a bottle of champagne, girls all around dancing, biggie’s talking to the girls as they’re smiling and continue to dance on him (YouTube). The whole video just glorifies the large, loud, sexy girl life style that is seen in so many videos today.
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