Rap Research Paper

Rap Research Paper

“Walk This Way” to “The Show Goes On”: The Progression of Rap

Compared to other genres of music, rap is considered to be pretty new.   Rap, or hip-hop, is constantly evolving, as do other types of music.   Rap is simply described as, “talking in rhyme to the rhythm of a beat” (Hip Hop).   When rap was getting started, it only consisted of DJs mixing some beats together along with beat boxing and sampling other songs.   As the years went on, people decided to rap over the beats and create a perfect rap song.   Some rappers are lyrical geniuses, while others make music purely for a good party song.   The radio does not do a good job of playing a variety of rap, now a days mainstream rap that is only good for dancing is being played on the radio.   Mainstream rap, to some, would not be considered good music purely because the lyrics are extremely basic.   Artists like Run-DMC first started the phenomena, Tupac and Biggie Smalls made rap extremely popular, and present day rappers like Lupe Fiasco keep advancing the music.
Run-DMC was not the first rapper to start, but he is a big reason why rap is so popular today.   Run-DMC was a hip-hop group located in Queens, New York, and is widely known to be the most influential acts in the history of the hip-hop culture.   They were the first group in the genre to have a gold album, and to be nominated to the Grammy Awards.   In 1982, Run-DMC released “Sucker MCs” which was a huge hit.   Allison Smith illustrates, “This blast of rhythmic minimalism establishes rap’s ‘new school’” (Smith).   Run-DMC was also the first to collaborate with a rock song, “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith, which certainly blew up very quickly and is generally known to the rap culture.   Run-DMC was a huge part of what hip-hop is all about.   The genre was quickly on the rise, and new styles were becoming popular, including gangsta rap.   Jelani Sims pointed out some of the problems of gangsta rap, “this style of rap displayed vividly the violence of the streets in...

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