Hip Hop By: Matt Salamon
Origins • Hip Hop was created around the 1970s. • It was created in the districts of New York City by African American and Latino teenagers as part of a hip hop scene that also produced breakdancing and graffiti art. • some found work as DJs in discos where they learned deejaying techniques like how to use two turntables and a DJ mixer to play records non-stop. • Sometimes they'd also deejay at free block parties in their neighborhoods where they'd play funk and disco tracks non-stop and ask a friend to act as their MC. • The MC would introduce the DJ and encourage everyone to dance and have a good time. Some MCs tried to be more entertaining by talking in time to the beat of the music and using rhymes, and by doing this they invented rapping.
Old School Hip Hop • As rapping became more popular, more DJ and MC duos formed. As the competition grew, DJs began improving their beats by using techniques like sampling short drum breaks and scratching. • MCs also began improving their raps by using more complex rhymes and by developing flow, or the ability to rap with a good sense of rhythm and a natural flowing style. • Hip hop music was only performed live at first, but in 1979 a hip hop single called Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang was released, and to everyone's surprise it became a top-ten hit worldwide. •
• Most of these songs were about having fun, but in 1982 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released The Message, an early example of socially-conscious hip hop.
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- Spring '13
- Music, Hip hop music