Essay about American Rap

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American rap has changed very much over time. A big reason for that was the work of Tupac and Eminem. Although Tupac isn’t around anymore, Eminem is still changing the rap game forever. In the early stages of rap, it was mainly popular to african americans and performed by african americans but since the emergence of Eminem, rap music is more popular to all races and is being performed by all races as well. Rap has changed very much over time and the similarities and differences between Tupac and Eminem had a great impact on the American rap industry and American culture. Tupac “Amaru” Shakur, also known as “2Pac,” was born on June 16, 1971 in New York, New York (Scott). According to the article, Shakur,Tupac by Cathy Scott, Tupac …show more content…
Tupac was shot and killed in a drive by attack on September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Furthermore, Marshall Mathers III, (also known as Eminem), was born on October 17, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri (Newsmakers ). From the article, Eminem, Eminem spent his early childhood between Kansas City and Detroit (Newsmakers). He was raised by a single mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs. When Eminem was 12, they settled on the east side of Detroit permanently, but his life got no easier. Eminem never knew his father although his mother contends they were married at the time of his birth. Eminem attended Lincoln Junior High School and Osbourne High School where he started listening to LL Cool J and 2 Live Crew (Newsmakers). Eminem quickly gained a reputation for his ability of rhyming. Eminem’s interest in becoming a rapper started then and he never looked back. Eminem is one of the most popular rappers in today’s music culture and he got most of his ideas and inspirations from 2pac. As said by the article, Music: Hip Hop Trends (1990’s), rap and hip hop culture started out in the South Bronx as a street born cultural movement grounded by what have become known as the four pillars of hip hop: DJing,

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