Hip-Hop/Rap: Music Appreciation Essay

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Hip-Hop/Rap is one of the biggest growing genres of today. From its early stages in the 1970’s to today’s pop culture, it has grown quite a lot. Unfortunately, it has developed a terrible reputation of drugs, violence, abuse, and gangs. When people associate Hip-Hop with things it is usually a negative image that comes to the person’s mind. Which is sad, Hip-Hop/Rap has a great artistic quality to them that gets so easily overlooked. There is true poetry and emotion behind these lyrics and beats, but not everyone is willing to sit down and listen to it. They quickly judge this music genre and the immediately dislike it without giving it a second thought. Rappers pour their emotions and their souls into their songs and it really speaks to …show more content…
That also can set rappers apart from each other. If one could create their own flow and their own style, than they could go far in Rap music. Music is also another major thing that has changed throughout the years of Hip-Hop/Rap music. Most of the music today is electronic and they can pull up whatever instrument they want to use whenever they want. Whereas back in the 70’s most DJ’s, or Disc Jockey, used to scratch records on a turntable and that was how they used to make their music and get their beats. Psychologically, though Hip-Hop/Rap has its advantages and its disadvantages. One positive thing is Hip-Hop/Rap gives kids another outlet and another way to express themselves. But a major disadvantage is that kids want to become like the thugs these rappers are rapping about. There is a difference between Hip-Hop and rap but they go so well together that people often just put them into the same category. The best way to describe it is rap is what you are saying and it is what you do. Another way to look at rap is thinking of it as a verb. For instance, one could say “Go ahead, rap.” And that would be present tense where as someone could say “Did you hear what he just rapped?” and there is also a future tense “I’ll start rapping right after you are done.” That is what rap is. Now Hip-Hop is something else. Hip-Hop is a

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