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How Rap and Hip-Hop plays a major impact on Youth, Society and American Culture
Nas - It was written
Rap makes it's presence felt
For many years I been writing rap lyrics for the sake of getting stuff off my mind, & as a cool hobby to add for my poetry writing. My version of rap is something quite different to that of the more well known type of explicit lyrical rap, which has been used by many people in the music industry to get known, as well as becoming very wealthy & famous.
I never really took any of it seriously until I was in college, and the rapper Biggie Smalls aka Christopher George Latore Wallace had gotten murdered back in March 9, 1997.
This moment marked a time period where rap had wen't from cool joking, and wise cracking on people in music form. Then suddenly transformed into a very sad display of horror, and human tragedy, which made many people like myself truly sad about it all.
This unfortunate event eventually made global impact, which turned into a graphic news story that had stretched all across the entire surface of the globe using the media. What a price to pay for fame, fortune & glory I thought to myself back then.
Somehow this sudden tragic occurrence had inspired me to become a conscious rapper someday myself. Especially since this sort of happening started to become a new trend of criminal behavior of many inner city youth, that were feeding off of these turn of events, dramatic displays of wrongful acts being done to others in real life, and not just on the silver screen.
In memory of Biggie Smalls R.I.P.
Hip-Hops Origin- Hollis Queens
Rap's Humble Beginnings, Bumps & Bruises
Growing up in the inner city of New York was tough, many differing things had occurred throughout the years, anywhere from people loitering in the streets, to people buying and selling drugs to feens, robbery, and much worse crimes.
My personal youthful experiences were definitely not a pretty sight to envision for a child that's for sure. As for the music that developed out of that sorta boiling pot I grew up in, has become known worldwide and originated in a little place called Hollis Queens, New York.
All the negativity in Rap music wasn't present back when it all started many years ago with African Bam Batta, Jam Master Jay, Run DMC, and Cool & the Gang. All the madness that was breaking out in differing occurrences in the city itself, was the fuel that brewed up this negative form of rapping to eventually sprout itself onto the music scene. Many of the rap artist that seemed to turn up around those times appeared to be displaying a sorta anger, or frustration after a while with the way the World was responding to it's new uprising into the music industry as a whole.
Public Enemy #1 - Flavor Flav
Many Conscious Lyricists
The Inner City made them rebellious it seems
Some of the rap artists actually were tough young people trying to display hatred towards others like them, some showing resentment towards the state & local law, and some disgust towards the government, which had appeared to not care much back then about poor folks. There were also many artist that seemed to go with the consumer trends of our society, and actually were reason for some trends getting started in the US and eventually worldwide.
Now I wasn't like that myself, I figured that all those trying so hard to fight against something that was out of their reach, and in a negative way would only land them into a self destructive resulting life. There was a few rap artist that every now and then, would come out and create their songs filled with positive conscious lyrics, but unfortunately it wasn't many or enough to put a stop to the abundance of negative gangsta rap that was surely to storm the music industry. I tended to lean towards the more positive lyricist, and towards those who always seemed to leave a great message to the people.
My favorite artist of all time is Nas or Nasir Jones he's one rapper that transcended from the negative to the positive form of rap. He and Biggie both were friends and grew up in the City as well. As for Biggie's arched rival Tupac Shakur, was also slain for reasons undetermined according to police reports. His life story turned out to be the opposite of the cinderella type, yeah he wen't from rag's to riches, but it sadly ended in tragedy just as Biggie Smalls fate was. At the same time these two guys were at odds with one another I also grew to love Wu Tang Clan, they were a powerful lyrical group that made their mark felt in rap.
The Triumph - Lyricism Evolved
Tupac cared a great deal
Tupac's Life - the truth is always far from being told
Tupac's life, was one that ended in rebellion against the world itself and tragedy as well us as Biggie who appeared to be his enemy to the rap scene, but it was definitely associated to him becoming anti-american in many ways through his lyrics & social movements he got started. Him and Biggie Smalls we're actually friends long ago and we're going to unite their music movements prior to being persuaded, and misled by instigators on the ground to begin waring and fighting verbally in lyrics against one another back in the late 90's.
He began a movement of his own through his music which stirred up a huge uproar from as far as the west coast of the US, to the East coast, from inner city to inner city, and even reached many rural communities.
His music was very serious at times, and was loaded with tremendous passion about many deeply embedded inner city stories of lives that were shaken by poverty & harsh living conditions. He was angry for sure, and after getting shot in the head by who he thought had shot him, which many falsely accused Biggie of doing as well as him. His once strong alliance and friendship of him & Biggie had been severed.
Many people never knew that Tupac grew up in a nice educated family who were once members of the Black Panther Party, and he was into drama as a child and young adult. He was trying to become an actor, but eventually turned towards a rapping career. I watched his autobiography movie, which details this footage of his many decisions he made to change his life.
For some odd reason though the negativity of his social counterparts seemed to gravitate towards him, and I think it's because of all the social activism he was engaging in, besides the stardom he was gaining progressively. There was also hidden jealousy between people who never had the taste of the high life, and becoming rich, or viewing a peer actually become one in such a dramatic way as Tupac was becoming, and eventually did become.
My generation will make a change
Rap Today after the 90's- Millennium 2000 'Y2K'
Fast forwarding to today's rap music which was a stem from the obvious spoils that occurred in the late 90's and heading into the early to mid 2000s. Many artist sprang into action after the ruins of rap's most abrupt developments and growing pains, Artists like Little Wayne, Nikki Minaj, Common, Mos Def,Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West & many more.
These newer artists for some reason had learned from the past rappers mistakes and all trended away from only focusing on negative theme's and today are on the top of most music charts each time their songs get released. Today the music industry pretty much depends on the online users to make artists or break artist, which is a sorta dilemma in many ways for both the artist and the record companies that push them all fourth to stardom.
Words he never said - Powerful Rap Lyrics
Lupe Enters the Stage
Today's rap artist have seemed to really discover innovative way's to make statements, whether it's political in nature, philosophical, for self recognition, party songs, attracting the opposite sex, ego driven, or plain old just for fun to get rich. The songs that tend to get played the most are the one's that spark the most controversy it seems.
One rapper that has taken it all to the next level is Lupe Fiasco, in my opinion he has achieved the full expressive level of freedom of speech. He use's positive words, but focuses currently on what's the climate of the current world views.
Just look at what he's stating in his latest video he launched on Vevo & Youtube. Amazing is all I can say with lyrics such as this, he's definitely on the way towards the top of the music industry, but unlike his predecessors, he has been consistent in his artfulness of positive messages & the delivery of spoken word or rhyme scheme. Now that's a "Rapper"
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