HIP-HOP THE EVOLUTION

my experience

 My experience with hip-hop started back in middle school in the early 80's,I use to stay up and watch this late night show that came on cable at about 2 in the morning.I think it was called wild side? I can't remember the name, all I remember is a train with graffiti on it and the theme song was planet rock.This show would feature graffiti artist,break dancers,and d.js they was called b-boys.I immediately fell in love I changed my style of dress from members only,penny loafers ,Izod sweaters and Levi jeans to a kango,bummer,three stripe adidas suit and tennis shoes.I used to walk around the neighborhood with a gigantic boom-box,a folded card board box under one arm and the boom-box on my shoulder looking for some one to destroy.Pretty soon I was in a B-boy crew and we would hit the skating rink every Saturday to battle other B-boys.That was my introduction to hip-hop,break dancing.From there I started djing with the two turntables minus the cross Vader,I was in my Jam master J phase.After a couple of years of djing,I started rapping,when I first started dropping lyrics my style was a lot like rakim(my favorite emcee at the time.)A few years later and a lot of emcee names(such as Big red,40oz,and Eskimo)I became a producer,I used to make the tracks,press the Cd's manage my artist and all that stuff,I even produced half of a gangsta movie along the way.At the age of thirty two I took a real hard look at  my entertainment enterprise and decided that since I had not made any serious progress (in other words I was spending more than I was profiting to keep it going)that it was time to let the dream go and find another path.

the beginning..

Hip-Hop was officially started in 1970 by a D.J.named Cool Herc,He used to throw block parties and house parties through out new york.The b-boys would come and Break dance at the parties,and the original emcees (now a days known as rappers) was the hype-man.The Hype-man would come on stage first to introduce the d.j or the dancers,it was the hype-mans job to get the party started get the crowd "hyped up".The emcee would say simple things like "the roof,the roof,the roof is on fire,we don't need no water let the motherfucker burn,burn motherfucker,burn!"or"throw your hands in the air,and wave them like you don't care,and if you got on clean underwear everybody say oh yeahhh!"and so on.The emcee's job was to control the crowd,introduce the d.j.or the break dancers.Breaking was the first out of hip-hop to cross over,from the late 70's through out the 80's breaking spread like wildfire.Several movies was made about break dancing from beat street to breaking 1 & 2 to a few others,everybody was break dancing.By this time the emcee, or "hype-man" had started to become more important,and instead of just hyping the party up,they started writing actual songs causing the d.j to fade into the back ground.Artist like Sugar hill gang,Kurtis Blow,Grandmaster Flash,Africa Bambatta,and others started crossing over from underground mixtapes to radio and television.Hip-Hop was rising fast.While hip-hop was rising and sales was good for hip-hop artist,hip-hop couldn't escape the gold standard and truly cross over into the mainstream until Run-DMC came on the scene.Run-DMC shattered the glass ceiling that was over Hip-Hops head,and in effect brought the money to the table.RUN-DMC was the first in hip-hop to go platinum,double platinum,and triple platinum.Run-Dmc legitimized Hip-hop as a real artform,like R&B,Blues,Jazz,Country,and Rock roll,hip-hop had arrived,and now it was here to stay.The flood gates was opened hip-hop became a chameleon,from RUN-DMC,to Big Daddy Kane,Eric-B & Rakim,Dougie-fresh & Slick Rick the ruler,LL.cool.J,De-la-soul,Tribe called quest,The Beastie boys,Third Base,and Too-short hip-hop was exploding.Boogie Down Productions,Public Enemy,Queen Latifah,Salt&Pepa,so many that I can't name them all,Hip-Hop was/is dance,philosophy,knowledge,political,partying,and whatever the artist could come with.Enter GANGSTER RAP:even through schooly D was actually the first Gangster Rapper,ICE-T was the one that crossed gangster rap over to the mainstream with "COLORS".And it was big,making the way for the super group NWA when NWA came out with straight out of Compton,gangsta rap assumed its domination over hip-hop,gangsta rap sold faster than anything on the charts and became a juggernaut,unstoppable,from schooly D to Ice-t to NWA came TUPAC, Biggie,Snoop Dogg,Jay-Z,Master-P,T.I,Young jeezy,and the list goes on and on.Gangsta rap became front and center and what the customer wanted.Rap with a hardcore edge.Hip-Hop music has faded all the way to the background simply because the Demand is not there for right now.Gangsta rap has ruled for almost 18 years.With signs of another change in hip-hop,on the horizon,what that change is I don't know but hip-hop has once again begin to change.I hope for the better,I mean I love gangsta rap but every rapper doesn't have to be gangsta,mix it up a little bit,try something new and fresh.What I'm really trying to say is that HIP-HOP is more than rap,its a lifestyle,a mindset,there are so many aspects to Hip-Hop that I just can't explain it to you,Hip-Hop is a journey,a opportunity,a passion,Its core elements are grafitti,breaking,d.jing,emceeing,but its so much more to it than that,its entrepeunurial,its creative,I could go own trying to explain but I'll just say that Hip-Hop is Deeper than rap,it's not just about hardcore rap,and dance music,its way more complex than that.

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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Yo Bill! I remember rap already being gangsta before Colors and NWA released an earlier album than SOC. They were NWA and the Posse then. Also I think, to me, Too Short was as OG on the West Coast as it gets. I think he's the one to really set it off as hard core but you know he had that pimp style to it.


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bill yon 7 years ago from sourcewall Author

yeah too short was out a while before NWA,he started the nasty rap along with 2-live crew(from florida)but NWA made the darkside of rap popular.


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The Shark 7 years ago from Hampton, NH

Why not do something productive with your life? Hip Hop other wise known as rap, other wise known as gansta rap, other wise known as ghetto music brings nothing of value to young people. It certainly diminshes and cheapens the view of young woman in society. It gives young people nothing to aspire to and nothing to look up to. Instead it promotes the opposite, violence. I seriously doubt it was what Dr. King had in mind for young Black people.


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bill yon 7 years ago from sourcewall Author

hip-hop has nothing to do with gangsta music,that's like saying hollywood is connected to violence,sex,and drugs.movies like scarface,goodfellas,friday the 13th,silence of the lambs,and porno flicks like debbie does dallas,would you say that hollywood promotes violence,brings nothing of value to young people,cheapens the view of young people in society,and that it gives young people nothing to aspire to?would you say those things?no,you wouldn't you would say it's just entertainment,and that people with common sense would know the difference,am I right?hip-hop provides a path for young entrepreneurs to express themselves and get paid for it,hip-hop is rap,movies,industry,and many different things rap is just the face of hip-hop, and yes it came out of the ghetto,but it's not ghetto music,its music for everyone,there is no discrimination in hip-hop,unlike some other forms of music,the only thing that matters to the hip-hop base is is the song good,is it rocking,it doesn't matter what race you are or what background you are from,all that matters is can you move the crowd can the people feel what you are saying,if they can,then guess what?you're a star,if they can't then see you later,look at eminem,,ashton kusher,3rd bass,the beastie boys,limp biscuit,the gorrillaz,lincoln park,fat joe,big pun,pit-bull,jin,and so many others that I don't have the space to list,hip-hop is a clay that is molded by its creator into the form that they desire it to be,yes hip-hop is from the ghetto,but it's for everybody,you understand what I'm saying mister "taking a bite out of liberalism?"


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The Shark 7 years ago from Hampton, NH

Yaughn, I'll say it in words that even you can understand, Hollywood sucks. They turn out junk, which is why the number of tickets sold are falling. The supposed big moveis in the past 7 months that "starred" giants like Baldwin, Aflick, Penn and that type of  ilk made less than 50 mil.

Hip hop, rap what ever you want to call it is pure garbage. You have to have the intellect of a rock to enjoy that crap. Most of the fans of that crap are victims themselves---victims of an inferior government education. But of course John Kerry did say he was "fascinated" by Rap.


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bill yon 7 years ago from sourcewall Author

the intellect of a rock,huh?well I guess the whole world has an inferior government education,because hip-hop is the #1 selling music has been for about 15 years now.so tell me,please,mister "taking a bite of liberalism?" if Hollywood sucks and hip-hop is pure garbage,what do you like? Oh,by the way I'm a vet served 90-93 13/bravo/77/foxtrot,with two years of college under my belt,and a I.Q. of 126,so I think I can "understand" pretty much anything that you have to say.go and pop some pills with your big mouth supreme leader.


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rapmanual 7 years ago from Hubpage Island, Squidoo Land

Good job showing us the history of the hip hop and your experience with it. Hip Hop is an outlet for young people who want current music and for those brave enough to make money from it.


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bill yon 7 years ago from sourcewall Author

thanks for dropping in.Hip-hop is alot of different things,besides rap,and gangsta music is not the only thing that hip-hop has to offer that's really what I'm trying to say.


jt93 6 years ago

yon i believe u jus wrote the truth


PoorRighteous Teacher 5 years ago

Ignorance from people like the shark is exactly why true hip hop artists get no recognition. They're modern prophets with the message of equality, knowledge, wisdom and understanding, but no ones see's that.. it's evident that stupid people listen to the rap music on the radio these days but thats mainstream hip hop and infact you can't even call it hip hop anymore its hip POP.. these cats are puppets with no lyrical content recruited to keep people ignorant and obsessed with materialism. Dont get it twisted real hip hop was created to teach the youth and liberate their mind states from this brainwashed society..


tugbo200-5 5 years ago

I'm with The Shark.

Hip Hop SUCKS


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bill yon 5 years ago from sourcewall Author

Sucks in money like a hog with a vacuum you can't understand hip hop because you are doomed with a closed mind way behind the times can you follow the rhyme? Hip Hop sucks? but you had to journey to this hub to hate? whats really up? tugbo200-5 maybe its you that sucks.


curveball 5 years ago

I for one happened upon this hub to read

the comments that are against Hip Hop aka Rap

Those comments I like the best.


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bill yon 5 years ago from sourcewall Author

So you confess you like comments that are against hip hop the best Why waste your time reading a hub based on music designed for rhymes? If you don't like then don't buy it and don't listen to it now thats laid down plain as cement....I don't like house music do you think I am going to search out a house blog just to place a negative comment? no of course not I spend my time on the web searching out things that I like and I'm about. Get it? I hope so really I do if not go find the riddler so he can leave you a clue.


cureball 5 years ago

you Sir///Are A dilusonal person

seek help as quick as you can ,that said as a concered

sane person.RAP SUCKS.PERIOD


curveball 5 years ago

I never said I buy them,never will,as far as listening

to them they jam it down our throats with TV commercials

and movies


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bill yon 5 years ago from sourcewall Author

O.K. curveball back on the scene being ugly and mean no creativity maybe a mental midget roaming the net to complain about this and that widget what is it that makes you waste your time to journey back to this hub of mine to tell me that rap sucks? Whats up? don't you have something better to do? Yo RIDDLER give this clown a CLUE!!!!


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bill yon 5 years ago from sourcewall Author

Funny how someone claims to be sane but yet they spend their time searching for things they do not like just to leave a negative comment.


J.long 5 years ago

I would like to know the best website to go to so I can get the 80s oldschool rap collection


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bill yon 5 years ago from sourcewall Author

J.Long Itunes would be the best site in my opinion.


Mike 4 years ago

I liked reading this article and I agree with you.There are only a handful of good artist that are mainstream, why the others just sucks. There are alot of artist with lyrical talent underground but you just have look for them. The whole hip pop just created a negative image for people to see or hear. People who don't likevthis genre good for you but keep the comments to yourself if you can't put up a good argument. Thanks to the internet we have people on here that likes just put negative image message just to be doing it.


Mike 4 years ago

My bad on writing the earlier comment it sucks typing on the phone.


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bill yon 4 years ago from sourcewall Author

sup, Mike sorry so long for the response. I feel that mainstream rap is fading. I think that hip-hop is just about to explode off the underground and take it back the mainstream, I give it five years and gangsta rap will be dead.


lagunabc 4 years ago

I give it five years and gangsta rap will be dead

Lord lets hope so


Lybrah 3 years ago

Really good and thoroughly researched hub. I enjoyed it very much. I've written a few hubs on hip hop...check them out if you have time. :)


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bill yon 3 years ago from sourcewall Author

Sorry for the late response thanx and I will make my way over to your blog to see what is popping.

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