To begin with, Hip-Hop or Rap music was created to have lyrics with meanings. As all types of music, it was intensely a matter of expression’s freedom. Nowadays, there is nothing like a true voice from the past. Throughout the years, Hip-Hop and Rap music started being unique. It could be differentiated now as old school Hip-Hop, old school Rap, Classic Rap. Finally, it will differ on the evolution of the rhythm.
The colonized peoples throughout Africa and the New World gave voice to their experience, all too often carried with it a painful paradox ( James Spady 2013).
Hip-Hop Nation Language
James Spady quoted the following,
Since the days of Bim and Savacou, we had been attuned to the marvellous frequency of that Caribbean historian, poet, linguist, literary and music critic, Dr. Edward Kamau Brathwaite ( 1984) who defined “Nation Language” as “the language which is influenced very strongly by the African model, the African aspect of our New World/Caribbean [Black American] heritage.
English it may be in terms of some of its lexical features. But in its contours, its rhythm and timbre, its sound explosions, it is not English, even though the words, as you hear them, might be English to a greater or lesser degree… It is what I call, as I say, nation language.
It is a music type and culture developed during 1970s among African American from Bronx when block parties became popular in New York city. Let’s not forget the founding father of Hip-Hop called DJ Kool Herc.
There are other elements included such as, DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing and instrumental tracks.
”Hip-Hop’s early evolution occurred as sampling technology and drum-machines became widely available and affordable. Turntablist techniques developed along with the breaks and the Jamaican toasting vocal style was used. Rapping developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks along with an instrumental or synthesized beat” (Google).
Most of you must have not forgotten D.M.C and LL Cool J ! They created the Golden Age of Hip-Hop music which was an incredible period between mid 1980s and early 1990s. Other amazing artists were part of this era such as:
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