The Civil Rights Movement: The Evolution Of Hip Hop Culture

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Chapter two Hip hop throughout the years Hip hop culture rose out of disappointment and frustration. In the seventies the Civil Rights Movement ended but African American in some parts of the US still struggled. Out of troubled urban centres came hip hop. Hip Hop has changed significantly throughout the years and today it is a prominent part of popular fashion as a whole across the world and for all ethnicities. Over its history Hip Hop has taken many forms. From New York City’s obsession with fresh sportswear with Outcasts gangster-meets-avant-garde under Hip Hops broad banner. Hip Hop is a global culture with a variety of styles that all stay true to personal style and swagger. Hip hop fashion challenged dress codes by adopting a more sophiscated,…show more content…
In the early 1980s, rappers began appearing on MTV and gained more exposure. Run DMC began appearing on the charts in the mid-decade. Hip Hop did not truly become a major force of music until Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer got impressive sales and chart success. Hip Hop began as an underground movement in New York in the 1970s. People began combining Jamaican and West Indian with funk music. Hip Hop emerged and people embraced the music. In the 1980s the Hip Hop genre developed more complex styles. Example of one in Grandmaster Flash’s – The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel (1981) which consisted entirely of sampled tracks. As well as Afrika Bambaataa – Plant Rock (1982) which created the combination of Hip Hop Music with Electro. The lyrical aspect of Hip Hop evolved. The early stages in the 70s were replaced with metaphorical lyrics to more complex ones with mute layered instruments. Prior to the 1980s Hip Hop music was confined to the US but during the 1980s it spread and became part of the music scene in many countries. Greg Wilson, a DJ, was the first to bring electro Hip Hop to the UK club in the early…show more content…
It reflects the violent lifestyles of American Black Youths. The genre was created in the mid-1980s by rappers. Well known by the group N.W.A. founded Gangster rap with their violent, confrontational and shocking lyrics. Golden Age of Hip Hop is the name given to the period in mainstream Hip Hop music. Usually from the late 80s to the early 1990s. The artists well known in this phase are Run DMC, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Eric & Rahim, A Tribe Called Quest and Slick Rick. N.W.A N.W.A (Niggers with Attitude) the unapologetic pioneers of Gangster Rap. Emerging in the late 1980s whilst Public Enemy had rewritten the rules of rap by providing ingredient, revolutionary and socially aware lyrics. N.W.A capitalised on Public Enemy’s breakthrough, while not taking notice to their messes. The five piece crew celebrated violence of the criminal life, with blunt, harsh language. In 1986, O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson met Andre “Dr Drew” Wright. They started working with Eric “Easy-E” Wright. HBO rejected Cube and Dr Drew’s song ‘Boyz n The Hood’ so Easy E recorded the song himself and the three of them started working together. In 1988, their album Straight Outta Compton went double platinum, they bought Gangster rap mainstream. The song ‘Fuck Thai Police’ foreshadowed the 1992 LA

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