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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 tourist attraction even now at 1520, Sedgwick Avenue.
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.
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) song F... Tha Police instantly made them ‘Public Enemy Number One’ and in effect, popular.
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.
Drake, the rapper-singer, single-handed changed the rules of what it meant to be a rapper.
Before Drake, rapping was about narrative and singing about pathos, joy, or sensuality. In 2009, Drake exploded that notion, blending rap and singing into a fluid, hip-hop tone, making his pleasant and creative sound the norm in global pop.
Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music popular in the late 1960s that was largely inspired by hallucinogens, or so-called "mind-expanding" drugs such as marijuana and LSD, and that reflected drug-induced states through the use of feedback, electronics, and intense volume.
As 2020 settles, we look at the eclectic, vibrant music trends in the last decade, when the music turned truly global, glossy and digital, and when the iPod generation turned to stream endless playlists on their smartphones.
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