Hip Hop influence final draft

Hip Hop influence final draft - John Fulkerson 11/21/07 Hip...

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John Fulkerson 11/21/07 Hip Hop’s Influence on the World Hip Hop has taken many strides through its short history. It has also influenced countless people since it began. From New York City to England to Palestine, hip hop has made its mark on every culture. With hip hop artists speaking about important issues from poverty to racism to rising above it all, they influence and speak to many people across the globe. While hip hop has influenced the world, it is hard to ignore what kind of things influenced hip hop itself. Some say it was disco, blues and jazz. Others point to Muhammed Ali and his rhyme styles. In reality, hip hop was influenced in large part by Jamaican toasting, which is the pairing of rhymes and teasing friends or enemies. Rap was also influenced by disco, and characterized by fans and detractors of it. Disco did though, have an undoubtedly big influence on hip hop, clearly seen in the first hit rap song “Rappers Delight” which had a funk beat and the video featured clothes and dancing associated with disco (Wikipedia). Musical influence helped shape hip hop into what it is today, but without more help from other factors it would have died a long time ago. The factors in question that accelerated the rise of hip hop, which include political and social events, would have helped the demise of other types of music. So with all of the big influences that hip hop has had on people, it is clear that hip hop has been influenced by many other factors and cultures.
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When hip hop was originated in the early 1970’s, it was used almost exclusively as a type of music to dance to. Arguably one of the most popular hip hop songs in history was one of the first hip hop hits, “Rappers Delight.” Created by The Sugar Hill Gang, this song is still heard everywhere rap is popular, and to me seems like one of the biggest reasons hip hop has survived as long as it has. Other very popular songs created in the late 1970’s and early 80’s that have undoubtedly influenced people are songs like Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks” and Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message,” which could be the most popular song in the history of hip hop. The line “It‘s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how I keep from going under,” are just one showing the struggles and frustrations of living in the ghetto. Being one of the first hit hip-hop songs to talk about economical and political hardships, this songs influence can be seen in any records that followed it that talk about similar matters. While hip hop was still growing in the 1970’s, it started gaining national popularity in the 80’s, and thus started to speak to more and more people on a personal level. With many more people becoming inspired by hip hop, the sound grew and grew and created more legends of rap, which are all influencing the hip hop artists of today. Many early rap groups that created a big influence, such as Kool Herc and the Herculoids
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