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With an ever-growing number of Rap and Hip Hop Artists worldwide, there is no shortage of diverse sounds and new techniques that contribute to the vast catalogue of Hip Hop music. With sub-genres of the art climbing in numbers, Hip-Hop has become an exceedingly universal music accepted across the globe. Although the majority of Rap and Hip Hop Artists are generally unknown to the mainstream, many of these low key forerunners of the rap game are highly credited by the true hip hop heads and the underground scene.
Years after the founding roots were laid, the Hip-hop Culture became more than just a recreational activity or a reason to throw a block party, the music turned into an outlet for emotional release and freedom of speech. Many artists took advantage of this opportunity by addressing serious issues and started speaking to the public on a political level. On the single, “The Message”, by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The famous lyrics, “It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under”, are considered by many, to be at the lyrical forefront of conscious Hip-Hop music.
Many innovative minds have contributed both positively and negatively to the culture by attempting to convey deep emotions and the psychological effects that accompany life in the ghetto. Some Hip-Hop musicians whose substance has categorized themselves as revolutionaries, include: NWA, Common, Dead Prez, Tupac Shakur and the Outlawz, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Nas and Brother Ali.
The Modern Hip Hop Scene
As the art has evolved, it has become easier for fans to accept new techniques and styles that have previously been seen as negative or unusual. With thousands of rap music videos hitting the web weekly, gradual change in the dynamics of the genre is inevitable. Though many fads come and go, these innovative ideas lay the foundation for new rap and hip hop artists and different musical approaches.
Rap and Hip Hop Artists of the modern day have utilized social media as the main means of promotion and distribution. Although Cds still exist, they are simply not as efficient as downloading an entire album in a matter of seconds. With the highest ranking rap and Hip Hop artists in 2015 selling over 20,000 mp3 singles on I Tunes daily, in USA alone, one can imagine how quickly trends can catch on and how artists can become stars overnight.
In the early 1970’s DJ Herc developed the first break beats during dance parties and would perform simple lyrics over the looped pattern. Other credited forefathers of Hip Hop include: Afrika Bambaataa in 1976, SugarHill Gang in 1979, followed by Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
The first ground breaking mainstreamed rap feature was titled, “Rappers Delight” by the SugarHill Gang in 1979. With record sales in the millions, and 50,000 copies sold on a good day, Sugarhill Gangs 15 minute funkadelic super song landed itself No.04 on the Billboard R&B charts and No.36 on the pop charts in 1980.
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Who is the Richest Rapper?
Among the most wealthiest rappers are some of the hardest working artists in Hip-hop today. Not only are the highest paid artists filthy rich, but for the most part, they have become the most influential and iconic figures in the Hip-Hop world.
Beginning with the richest to the… least richest?
1. Sean Combs – Diddy $735,000,000
2. Dr. Dre $700,000,000$
3. Jay Z $550,000,000
4. Master P $350,000,000
5. Russell Simmons $325,000,000
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Although classic Old School Hip-hop lasted from 1979-1985, old school Hip Hop is commonly considered to be any rap music made from the early 1970’s – late 1990’s. Pioneers of the classic Old School scene include: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, Arabian Prince, the SugarHill Gang, DJ Kool Herc, Kool Moe Dee, Afrika Bambaataa, Doug E Fresh, Whodini, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Run DMC, Cold Crush Brothers, Roxanne Chante, Treacherous Three, Eric. B & Rakim, KRS-One, Fat Boys, Marley Marl, Biz Markie, Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, UTFO, Ice-T, Red Alert and Fat Boys.
Some Golden Age rap and hip hop artists include: Snoop Doggy Dogg, 2 live Crew, Vanilla Ice, South Central Cartel, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, Big Pun, Big L, Outkast, Jay-Z, Scarface, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Keith Murray, NWA, Queen Latifa, Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., MC Lyte, 2pac, De La Soul, EPMD, DJ Quik, Dr.Dre, the Roots, Salt’N’Peppa, Wu-Tang Clan, Will Smith, E-40 and Mobb Deep.
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