Rap / Hip-Hop

Rap / Hip-Hop

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This Is Hip Hop


Rap is a popular music genre throughout the world that usually consists of rhythmical lyrics. It has become extremely popular since the late 20th century and become one of the most popular mainstream genres. There have also been many parodies of the genre in various shows, such as South Park, the Simpsons, and Family Guy.


Rap is one of the main genres of music. At first, rap didn't mean what it means today. Rap is a word that is speculated to be first used in 1541 simply as the meaning, "to utter sharply", in short. Four centuries passed and the meaning was changed to "to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow". However, these meaning were quickly forgotten by the media, as rapping is almost always associated with rhymes.

No one has really confirmed when rap started. Some people say centuries before the 1900s, some people say in the 1920s and some people say in the 1960s. But some people simply think that as long as rhymes in songs existed, rap has existed.

The origins of what is today known as "hip-hop" can stylistically be traced back to funk, soul, Jamaican music (i.e Reggae, "toasting", dub, ska) and disco (musically), spoken word music, scat singing and a tradition among African-Americans called "The Dozens", where two blacks insult each other until one side gives up (lyrically).

The prototype of hip-hop music can be found on what is known as "disco rap" in the late 70s, where the lead singer performs a rapid-fire vocalization that became the base of all modern rapping. One of the most famous example is Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight in 1979 and also Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's singles, among others.

DJ Kool Herc and Run-DMC are both credited to have popularized hip-hop in the early 1980s. Kool Herc, in particular, pioneered the "Deejaying" style of hip-hop while Run-DMC pioneered the image and lyricism.

The Golden Age

The two albums that were considered to have kick-started this era was Eric B and Rakim's"Paid in Full[6] (1987) and N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton[7](1988), both credited to have popularized the rap-over-beat-sample style.

"The Golden Age" of rap is what most people talk about. This spanned from the mid 80s to the late 90s. Many big name rappers and groups such as N.W.A., Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Notorious B.I.G.[1], Tupac Shakur[2], and others were well known. To this day, many people praise these musicians for their influence on others' lives.

West Coast vs. East Coast

During the mid to late 90s, when Tupac Shakur (West Coast) and Notorious B.I.G. were the big rappers back then, there was a scuffle between the two coasts. The fans of the two labels, Bad Boys Records (East) and Death Row Records (West) were feuding over Control of the mainstream radio.

The participants of the feud created tracks insulting the opponents and their affiliations.

A full description of the drama is here[9]

Alternative Hip-Hop

Aside of hardcore hip-hop and gangsta rap that dominated mainstream hip-hop throughout the golden age, there was also the critically acclaimed but less commercially successful alternative rap subgenre which entails hip-hop music that eschews the then-popular gangster themed lyricism and are usually more sample heavy on the beats, led by artists such as Mos Def, The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest. Alternative, sample heavy rap is considered to be the precursor of experimental hip-hop artists such as Madvillain, Deltron 3030 and even Death Grips.

Modern Rap

With Modern times, and the rise of Party Rap and Trap Music, mainstream hip hop has changed its bombastic style and replaced it with a more cold, electronic one, focusing on drugs and gang violence, often praising it, modern Mainstream rappers include Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.

However, due to the experimental nature of hip hop, it has allowed it to branch out into more subgenres and create more diverse sounds, drawing influence from other genres such as jazz, soul, funk, metal, rock, electronica and chillwave, popular experimental rappers and producers include Flying lotus, Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, and Kid cudi.

On 2011, the hip hop inspired band Death Grips, released their first mixtape titled "ExMilitary", a combination of punk, metal, electronics and hip hop that received rave reviews by critics, Death Grips would then be launched to stardom with the release of their album "The Money Store" on 2012. Death Grips has since then become popular on he 4chan board /mu/, and they often placed on the end spectrum of experimentalism in rap.

On July 24, 2014, Reddit user qazaibomb submitted a chart featuring essential classic and modern hip hop albums to the hip hop subreddit r/HipHopHeads, which has gathered 707 upvotes.

Classics PUN The Low End Theory Tribe Called Quest Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dang.. Mos Def& Talib Kweli Are BI.. Black Star E. 1999 Eternal 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul Deltron 3030 Tribe Called Quest Beastie Boys Bi EMINヨM DMX IRONMAN CHRONIC 01 are Its Dark And Hell Is Hot The Chronic Dr. Dre The Slim Shady LP The Marshall Mathers LP aid In Full The Score Moment Of Truth DJ Shadow The Message AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted Ice Cube The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill The Infamous Mobb Deep Black On Both Sides Mos Def Method Man MF DOOM Was Written Life After Death Return To The 36 Chambers:T Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik Bizarre Ride The Pharcyde Ol Dirty Bastard THE ROOT PAC Things Fall Apart The Roots Takes a Nation of Millions Only Built 4 Cuban Linx The Great Adventures Of Slic Me Against the World All Eyez on Me Ridin' Dirty Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chamb. The Roots Snoop Dogg Wu-Tang Clan Modern DANGER DOOM CAMRON god HA Get Rich Or Die Tryin 50 Cent Purple Haze God Loves Ugly Sir Lucious Left Foot.. The So… Big Boi Below the Heavens The Cold Vein Lord Willin' Hell Hath No Fury Be The Mouse & The Mask DEE Danny AY Brown. EMINAM The Money Store Death Grips Take Care The Eminem Show The Blue Print The Black Album The College Dropout Danny Brown The Game ACRIS Late Registration My Beautiful Dark Twisted F good kid, m.A.A.d city Man on the Moon: The End of Tha Carter Lil Wayne Tha Carter Ⅲ Lil Wayne Word Of Mouf Food & Liquor Kid Cudi Killer Mike NE-RD The Cool MM.Food MF DOOM The Ecstatic Mos Def Modal Soul Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II NE R D ndur SCARFACE T.I: I KING UGK JEEZY How I Got Over The Roots Trap Muzik Lefs Get It Thug Motivation 101 The Roots The Roots Ta Waka Flocka Flame

On March 15th, 2015, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released this third studio album "To Pimp A Butterfly"[4] which got rave reviews from all critics as well as positive responses from all over the internet, Internet personality "Anthony fantano"[5] gave the album a 10/10, his third 10/10 on the whole run of his channel.

The album has been considered a modern classic by many dispite the short time it has been released, as wikipedia wrote "To Pimp a Butterfly received rave reviews from music critics, with some even hailing it as a "masterwork" of the hip hop genre, while other publications billed it as an "instant classic"

Popularity in Black Social Networks

Modern hip hop has had a big involvement in modern black internet culture, with multiple rap songs being referenced on tweets as punchlines, as well as multiple rappers, this has become popular on Vine, a prominent black site.

I Was Going To X, but Then I Got High

"I Was Going To X, but Then I Got High" is an image macro that came from the 2001 Afroman song, "Because I Got High". The image macro usually talks about how the person was about to do something, but then ends with "But Then I Got High" or something similar.

The original video is here

Smoke Weed Everyday

Smoke Weed Everyday is a part of lyrics from Snoop Dogg's song "The Next Episode"[3]. It's usually accompanied with a dance by snoop dogg seeing on the video "Drop it like its hot" featuring pharrel williams.


In December 2001, New-York based rapper Nas released a diss-track directed at Jay-Z titled "Ether". The song is well known today as the one that won the feud between the two rappers at the time, and the song today is held in a legendary status along the likes of Boogie Down Productions' "The Bridge is Over" and 2Pac's "Hit 'Em Up". Today, the name of the song, 'Ether', is used to refer to verbal humiliation, similar to burning.[10]

Satirical Hip Hop

Satirical Hip Hop (often referred to as Ironic rap or Meme Rap) refers to a sub genre of hip hop that is created with the intention of becoming viral, normally as a joke and/or a parody of prominent genres such as Gangsta rap[1] and trap music[2]. The satirical nature of an ironic rap song is often intentionally left out of its title, cover image, and description, in order to catch listeners by surprise. Meme rap typically features lo-fi cloudy production[13], simplistic music videos, lazy rhymes, and intentionally stereotypical lyrics, with humor as the goal.

Perhaps the earliest Meme Rap albums, or the albums that laid the groundwork for Meme Rap were Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988) and De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising, which were famous for their pop culture-heavy and absurdist lyrics and samples, the first recognized satirical rapper has been kool keith[6], considered to be one of hip-hop's most eccentric and unusual personalities

Satirical Hip Hop and its popular artist are recognized as the mayor outsider artists in hip hop, and as well as being placed on an experimental label, popular Satirical rappers include Lil B, Yung Lean and Viper.

Essential ironic/meme hip hop artists Honorable mentions: Lil B "The BasedGod" ane Chance The Rapper Yung Lean The original meme rapper The inventor of ironic rap who paved the way for all the other ironic meme rappers to come. White meme rapper from an upper class background. Notable for mocking the "90s memphis rap sound" through irony. Known for his "Acid Rap" mixtape and for ironically encouraging people to take acid and other mind-altering substances. Ironic Swedish meme rapper with "ironically bad" pictures and videos. Some say that he's the Lil B without the realness or ng. Clams Casino Buzzproducer who helped pioneer the sound of ironic hop. Proto-ironiccore rapper and a former member of cLOUDDEAD, notable for his stream of consciousness verses. SpaceGhostPurrp Tyler, The Creator Recognized by some as "the last trunigga" SGP is a meme rapper from Miami, famed more for Twitter rants and hatred for "fake ass n-----' than for his mildly successfl revival of "Memphis rap. Once known as the de facto member of the A$AP Mob crew Leader of the post-ironic self proclaimed "art buzzcollective Metro Zu. Among others, he collaborated with a fellow contemporary ironic rapper Yung Lean. Tends to write purposely dumb" lyrics. Pitchfork approved rapper from Harlem and a slightly more serious version of Lil B Known for ironically shouting "I be that pretty Leader of a hip hop tumblcore collective Odd Future. Best known for writing "edgy lyrics and his gimmicky image of a rebellious teenager. His fanbase mostly consists of teens who are trying to rebel against their parents by playing his music. Was involved in a beef with indie legend Steve Albini in 2011 MF DOOM Meme rapper best known for his intentionally goofy and corny personas and overly-dramatic lyrics. Killer Mike P4kcore meme rapper, some claim that he is the Alex Jones of hip hop calling on and betraying SGP. Some argue that his music is only worth listening to because of El-P White ironic rapper and a frequent Killer Mike collaborator Joey Bada$$ Up-and-coming buzzrapper who tried to make a name for himself by dissing the god of ironic meme rap UCC Vi Ironic rapper and the leader of the now defunct altemative hip hop p4kcore buzzgroup Das Racist. "Das Racist, we kinda like rap-noise-pop Member of the Odd Future collective, also known as the edgy teen version of MF DOOM Highly prolific meme rapper from Houston. Praised for his ironic hyrics regarding various aspects of the world of the Houston drug dealer and for his tireless work ethic. Pitchfork approved meme rapper anda self-proclaimed genius. Known for taking his music very seriously Riff Raff Riff Raff is a tumblcore rapper with interesting hooks and ironic lyrics. Keyboard Kid Ironic rap producer and one of the most loyal followers of Lil B. Ethel Wulf MC Ride Da Up-and-coming meme rapper from Miami, best known for the ironic use of Japanese characters and anime imagery in his music. Once described by his former mentor SGP as "the ungrateful ass hipster n---- who bit the hand that fed him Former member of SGP's Raider Klan, Three 6 Mafia worshipper and one of the best friends of another ironic rapper, Lofty305. "N64 will change the rap game Meme rapper and a felilow Lil B appreciator, Danny Brown combines self-deprecatory wit with ironic stereotypical braggadocio punchline rapping. Best example of the ironic parody of modern hip hop culture. MC of the popular meme buzzband Death Grips. Some say that he is just a grown-up version of Tyler, The Creator. Note: The main difference between "ironic rappers" and "meme rappers" is that "meme rappers" don't necesarily make ironic music, but people listen to them ironically whereas "ironic rappers" are just that- ironic rappers. The two are not mutually exclusive but inextricably intertwined

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