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The Origin of Hiphop Music

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Did you know Hip-Hop music was greatly inspired by Gospel music? When slaves came to America from Africa, they brought much of the culture with them, including their music. This music flooded into the streets in the 1900s and evolved into Hip-Hop. Hi everyone, my name is Jaden Sharp and this is my podcast on the History of Hip-HopHip-Hop became widely popular in the 20th century. Hip-Hop gained its name when MC Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins was mocking his friend who joined the army. The phrase somehow got into one of his stage performances and caught on. No one person can be accredited with the creation of HIp-Hop. While Afrika Bambaataa is known as the Godfather of Hip-Hop, he had little to do with the creation and development of the style.

Hip-Hop has roots in Africa, by slaves who put words to song and the beat of their bodies” labor. This was a means of relieving themselves of some of their pain. Through this, the style came to America where it became popular, as mentioned earlier. As it became popular, Hip-Hop inspired other styles of music. R&B and Soul are two examples of styles inspired by Hip-Hop. R&B is a mixture of Jazz, Blues, and Hip-Hop. Commonly used in R&B music are percussion and string instruments. Soul music is similar to R&B, but is more derived from Gospel music.

Hip-Hop music has many qualities unique to it. Most songs in Hip-Hop have melodies that stick with you and stay in your head after listening to a song once. Others may have melodies that are vague and confusing. Most Hip-Hop songs have a thin texture composed of 3-4 instruments. The texture may be composed of individual notes/instruments or many at once. Common instruments used in Hip-Hop music are the bass, sampler, synthesizer, and vocals. In many Hip-Hop songs, there is a chorus and or bridge that repeats every so often. Many songs repeat their theme/message in the chorus. The same rhythm occurs while the chorus goes on. There are also parts of the rhythm that change, usually when there is a verse or a featured artists going on a track. The chorus usually leads to a verse. Most songs have a fast tempo. There are some points where the tempo may slow down during the song. This is also when a featured artists gets on the track.

Important artists of the 20th century include Jay-Z, Ice Cube, and Tupac. Jay-Z released many albums including Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime Vol. 1, and Kingdom Come. Ice Cube albums include Lethal Injections, Featuring Ice Cube, and Greatest Hits. Tupac’s best albums are Greatest Hits, All Eyez On Me, and Me Against the World. Popular artists in Hip-Hop of today are Famous Dex, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. In the future, we are most likely going to see more and more people with different views on everything and expressing those views in different ways than today’s popular artists. We can still expect to have songs that stay on repeat and make us think differently about everyday things.

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