Rap Music, and the culture that surrounds rapping itself, hip-hop, is a genre of music and a lifestyle which originated in the housing projects of New York City, New York in the late s but which now has global influence. While not without controversy and numerous critics, rap music has emerged as one of the most popular musical forms in the world. Its reach and longevity have been much greater that most expected when it was a New York City street phenomenon in the late s. Although no single individual can claim credit for the founding of rap music or the hip hop culture, New York DJ disc-jockey Kool Herc is generally considered the most important figure in the early years of the genre. As a DJ Kool Herc would sample the danceable parts of jazz and funk records, typically the parts featuring drums and a consistent rhythm. These parts were inspired by and helped inspire a new kind of dancing called break-dancing.
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This paper explores Black and Asian American racialization within the multicultural neoliberal state. Looking at Los Angeles in the s and early s, I examine the rise of multiculturalism and neoliberalism within the US, as it parallels the rise and commercialization of hip hop music sub-genre, gangsta rap. Moreover, I contend that the multicultural neoliberal state relied on popular constructions of Asianness and Blackness in order to maintain whiteness, conceal state-violences, and define its national borders of inclusion and exclusion, and gangsta rap provided an ideal space for this. My project also explores progressive rap and the ways in which it manifested from the same conditions of gangsta rap, yet managed to produce itself differently. Skip to main content.
2021 in hip hop music
In the later half of the s, hip-hop music officially became the most dominate genre in America. And meanwhile, the line between hip-hop and pop has become almost non-existent, as pop music adopted the production, writing, and vocals of rap. But, this year marked a time when the wide influence of hip-hop went even wider.
It's impossible to overstate how golden hip-hop shone in — the shattered Billboard records , the most-streamed genre recognition from Nielsen. Industry hype aside, rap reflected our collective conscience, and national crisis, like never before. While the power of playlists and the ability to juke streaming stats with song loops set new standards, the long-play album remained the definitive format for artists intent on making timeless creative statements. And artists got pretty DAMN.