Hip-Hop By: Crystal Martinez

When did Hip-Hop began? It began in the 1970s, an underground urban movement known as "hip hop" began to develop in the South Bronx in New York City. It focused on emceeing (or MCing) over "breakbeats", house parties and neighbourhood block party events, held outdoors.
Kool Herc—Jamaican born DJ Clive "Kool Herc" Campbell is credited as being highly influential in the pioneering stage of hip hop music
In the 1980's the genre developed to use funky house, rap vocal,variety of beat mixes. One of the most popular artist in this time was Run d.m.c
 Some of the Most popular artists who helped define the era include: Run DMC,Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakim, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane,salt&pepper
In the early ’90s, hip-hop was going through a series of changes. It had grown significantly Internationally becoming one of the popular genres listened to.IT HAD DEVELOPED TO TELL STORIES ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES. decade after its birth, the genre already had a handful of big hits and a variety of bona fide stars—N.W.A, notorious big, 2pac and countless others.
N.W.A (an abbreviation for Niggaz Wit Attitudes)was an American hip hop group from Compton, California. They were among the earliest and most significant popularizers and controversial figures of the gangsta rap subgenre, and are widely considered one of the greatest and most influential groups in the history of hip hop music
Tupac Shakur, known by his stage name 2Pac, was an American rapper. Shakur has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He made an easy transition to music and theatre giving one of the best performance by a rapper in a movie.
In 2000, the successful jay-z continued to grow tremendously and decided to expand on the numbers of collaborated songs he produced in order to create a diverse and new vibe of hip-hop style.
Hip hop TODAY has changed dramatically over the decades. Rap lyrics at first was about political and social issues, but to many critics today, it has changed into a corporate money making business with no message or deep meaning. It seems that many labels tell their artists what to wear and what to rap about in order to sell more albums.

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Created with images by Petteri Sulonen - "I Love Hip Hop" • BLACK NICK - "24hour hip hop mag shoot" • edenpictures - "Kool Herc" • urban_data - "nwa_CD_LABELS"

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