Rap music went from an underground movement from the streets of 1970s New York City to a massive force in the music industry, with rap singles topping the pop charts. Since its inception, people have been listening to rap music for its beats, lyrics and, some argue, for its glorification of American violence. Rapping is part of the larger growing hip-hop culture which also includes graffiti writing, break dancing, emceeing and DJing. Rap music, as opposed to pop music, generally relies more on lyrics than melody. People listen to rap music for its clever and poetic wordplay, cultural references and commentary on life. Much of rap musicБs appeal comes from its catchy beats. DJ Kool Herc invented hip-hop music by isolating the percussion on funk records, putting focus on the Бbreak. Б Rap songs also sample melodies and riffs from songs that people already like. People have been drawn to socially aware groups such as Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five which wrote songs about sociopolitical issues and black nationalism.
According to Jeffrey Mack, who taught a class on hip-hop culture, mainstream rap artists such as Snoop Dog, Eminem and 50 Cent became popular because they help perpetuate AmericaБs culture of violence. Have you seen some of the lyrics? Some of those rappers are EXTREMELY talented, and have a good control over the English language. YouБre obviously making a generalization after seeing a few crappy mainstream rap songs; all genres have good and bad. Oh, and not all rap/hip-hop is about crime and violence and sex and what have you; just a lot of main stream stuff is. Some rap/hip-hop is meaningful. A good example is alternative hip-hop, which intentionally aims to be pretty much the opposite of stereotypical rap/hip-hop. What is good music and what isnБt comes down to personal taste. Someone could say the same thing about any genre. I do enjoy rap/hip-hop myself, not because itБs cool (I donБt think itБs even popular where I live anymore, people rag on my taste of music all the time anyway, IБm use to it) but because I like the sound of it.
IБve listened to all types of music and I can appreciate most genresБ you shouldnБt be so judgmental over peopleБs taste in music.
ummmm I like rap music becauseБ. I play guitar, Ive been playing for about 5 years. Im nice, and I used to really like rock music. But rock music got really boring and predictable after a while. Im not sure if any of you understand music outside of lyrics, but a lot of rock songs sound very similar. Like, the same chord progressions the same shit, the same everything. Its getting wak. And Im a big radiohead fan btw, that is my favorite band (I know all of OK computer, dont test me). And I appreciate everything theyve done, from switching their style completely and still making beautiful music with it. but aside from them, there arent a lot of bands who can pull that off and get away.
So around May while I was starting to realize this about rock music, I listened to Yonkers. Yes YONKERS. and I slowly started loving odd future. I was skeptical to listen to put them on my iPod at first cause I knew I was just gonna like it more eventually. But eventually, I had no choice. Every night Id find myself youtubing some more crazier songs and I was just like WTFБ The thing rap has over rock is that, rock music depends a lot musically on different aspects to a song. A diff riff for a verse, chorus, and a breakdown. Rasp could have the same beat, or vaguely similar, and as long as its hot, you wouldnt notice. Cause rap is all about lyrics. And I love it for that. Where rock music would get predictable, you could hear a rap song plenty of times, know the words by heart, but it could still pack a punch. I dunno man, lyricism, great wordplay, witty remarks. I just love it