Ever think that all popular music is rap nowadays? This article will explain why rap is the most popular genre around the world today.
It started as a way for teens to express themselves. Rap was created in the late 1970s, and it was considered extremely controversial and now considered a “new sound.”
It was a music style that was based on an R&B feel to it and was limited in its commercial success because “rappers” in those days just rhymed and did not have vocalists with complex and powerful vocals. Rap was also seen as underground and “street.”
It’s interesting how it has evolved over the years. The current style is now very commercialized, which is part of why so many people like it.
It’s easier for people to listen to and understand than other styles. But in many ways, it has not evolved at all.
It still uses slang and uses very minimal guitar riffs. I originally thought that if rap had evolved to the point that it needed to evolve, it would have done so by now.
But I think it actually has not really evolved at all, and in a sense, has reverted to the way it used to be.
Everybody has a go
This is one of the first words to come out of the mouth of any aspiring rapper. But what does it actually mean to ‘go?’
Well, according to Psychology Today, “It means ‘to join, to participate in an organized, competitive venture.'” Well, it’s pretty much the same thing as “joining” in the old-fashioned definition, but a lot more fun.
Well-known rappers include the aforementioned Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, but there are also plenty of amazing new acts too, including this dude:
So, you’re probably asking, how is all this possible? Well, a lot of it has to do with how we were taught to think about music.
As I’m sure you’re already aware, in the ’80s and ’90s, the music industry thought it was totally cool to send a track that you had written to a record label. The first time you sent a song to a label, they would listen and give you negative feedback; the second time, they would listen and give you positive feedback.
Once you had gotten several negative feedbacks, your songs would then get rejected. It wasn’t perfect.
Music isn’t sent to record labels anymore
The label does the listening and giving, and the artist has all the control. Now, it’s your song.
What’s more, some artists have been known to get more money from streaming than selling an album. So, that means people like a lot of rap because it’s the type of music you can listen to while on the move.
And let’s be honest: you wouldn’t want to put on a Metallica record while you’re hiking. In case you didn’t notice, this article will be about rap, so it’s not like rap is ever going to get old.
Like any other genre, there are subgenres of rap, and in the past, rappers have made music that appeals to various demographics. Some of these subgenres include New Wave Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap, Punk Hip Hop, and South Central Rap, to name just a few.
The only thing that truly makes rap ‘rap’ is the lyrics. They have to make you laugh, cry, dance, think, get angry, get pumped or depressed, or at least lose your shit a little.
And if you’re wondering if that works for everyone: no. Not everyone can appreciate rap music, no matter how catchy it is.
But it’s a totally understandable and completely logical reaction to any music that has lyrics that are plain and simple.
The beauty of rap
Rap is a popular music genre that originated in the African American communities in the United States of America. Rap first appeared in the 1920s, which then became the first form of rap music to reach the mainstream media.
It includes musical instruments such as the bongos, ad-lib, poetry, storytelling, and so on. It also includes a rhythm of your body in the form of bouncing the head or tapping the feet.
However, rap music wasn’t even known as a music genre until the early 1970s when New York rap duo Kurtis Blow and Afrika Bambaataa started making their music, although it was still viewed as a combination of traditional dance. It wasn’t until the early 1980s when it was accepted by the public and media as a form of musical genre and saw huge global success.
As a result, people started identifying rap as a music genre and stopped associating it with street culture.
Rap music was seen as more of a hip hop, dance, and lyric than the street culture’s violent music recorded on a few commercial records from DJ.
As a result of rap music’s huge success, most rappers began to view themselves as successful, which led to a decline in the popularity of the gang culture. Some rappers started to produce music in the line of a positive nature instead of their “gangster” songs, which is why they eventually became the “positive rappers” and hip hop legends.
This is because they could comdevelopre and more “positive” content without having to resusegative content, as it caused a bad image of their music.