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Who started rap? A brief summary on the history of rap and hip-hop | Four Over Four
Rap music is undeniably one of the most popular genres in America today. It's birthed new subgenres, such as mumble rap, rapmetal and rapcore; it's infiltrated almost every genre at least once or twice (looking at you, disco, jazz, and reggaeton); it bridged the gap between spoken poetry and instrumentation.

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The Birth Of Rap

  • 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...

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The Loop

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 sa...

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Road To Mainstream

  • 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 acciden...

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Golden Era of Rap

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 ...

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The West Coast

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, drug...

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East Vs. West Coast

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 mur...

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Female Stars and Young Rappers

  • 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....

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