unit 3 - Terms Artists\/Groups Song Titles Section 1 New Styles Artists Introduction 1987-1995 many new artists launched regional national careers West

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Terms Artists/Groups Song Titles Section 1: New Styles & Artists Introduction: 1987-1995 many new artists launched regional & national careers West Coast Expansion: Gangsta Rap origins Reviewed: Trace origin to LA mid 1980s NYC primary production center for rap in 1985 Spurred by the introduction of turntable techniques LA hit hard be regression in the Reagan era of 1980s which cut public spending on education & infrastructure Rather than working with the poverty of the neighborhoods LAPD took a more military approach viewed as “war zones” Local MCs addressed these changes in 1985; Toddy T- “The Batteram” about gangs & police brutality o Addressed problems of the local ghetto as expressed by a resident o “Drug busters you better be…..” o did not receive much national attention but showed that as early as 1985 LA MCs were addressing local topics 1986 Ice T made song modeling the rhymes of poet Iceberg Slim by offering first hand accounts of these issues o uses slang & violent terms o songs like “6 in the Mornin” Combo of words & violence to establish gangsta identity Iced T shed the synthesizer chords used by Toddy T in favor of a stark & laid back beat o Album received national attention in 1989 but even in 1986 he had local attention o Ice Cube was inspired & wrote NWA’s “Boyz in da Hood” in 1986 Founding statement of gangsta identity Easy E matter of fact delivery style & nasally timbre Jeff Chang has noted that it can be seen as a mask of the terror & anger of armed youth in 1980s West Coast Expansion: Gangsta Rap Goes National: “…Chicano I’m brown & proud….” 1989 gangsta rap broke into the mainstream due to: o venues to support & major hub with investors o LA had talented local artists with extreme lived experience 1991 electronic purchase tracking was first used, gangsta rap stood at the top of pop charts
Kid Frost worked with Iced T & released “Hispanic Causing Panic” o “Larazza” became a symbol of chicano identity Ghetto boys from Houston Texas drew influence from LA rappers first album 1988 but 1990 album produced by Rick Ruben

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