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  • Rap is one of the most popular genres in the U.S., with many subgenres like rap metal, rapcore, and mumble rap.
  • Rapping is a delivery style that has rhyme and rhythm, along with spoken language (called MC) delivered over beat music (DJ), and is part of the hip-hop culture. The ele...

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The Loop

Modern Rap came from the place Hip-Hop originated: The Bronx.

DJ Kool Herc, a New York DJ kicked off this genre in his back-to-school parties in the 1970s. He used the repetitive beat samples to form a loop, combined with percussive elements from disco, soul, and funk. The place is a t...

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  • Artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, and Kurtis Blow were the DJs that flourished in the 70s and were signed by mainstream record labels.
  • DJ Grand Wizard Theodore accidentally popularized the ‘record scratching’ and needle drop effect of DJing. The 80s saw raps creativi...

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Golden Era of Rap

In the mid-80s, certain innovative rappers like Eric B. & Rakim, Run-DMC, and Public Enemy pushed rap music towards the Golden Era. 

They became key players along with Melle Mel and Duke Bootee to provide a polished yet rebellious sound to rap.

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As rap got popular, certain ‘West Coast’ rappers emerged from economically depressed areas including Too Short, N.W.A, Ice-T. These controversial rappers sang about their troubles, pimping, drugs, and other grey aspects of their lives.

The N.W.A. (which had Dr. Dre among others) son...

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East Vs. West Coast

The 90s saw a personal and musical rivalry between two hotbeds of rap, East Coast and West Coast, causing a national rift. 

Two famous artists, Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. were murdered in the violent clashes that frequently erupted in the inner-city neighborhoods.

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  • Female rap stars like Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Yo-Yo came in the spotlight in the 90s, and many like Lauryn Hill went on to record platinum albums and win Grammy Awards.
  • Young rappers too joined the bandwagon as new technologies like streaming of music made ...

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