I now have a new respect for Rap Artists. During my monthly meeting with the grand children, the discussion turned to the gangster lifestyle portrayed by some rappers.
I told them that was all commercial but I had to research this for myself, so I did a little homework and this is what I found.
Rap music came out of a few different realities. Back in the days of the house party, Before DJ’s had two turntables, the DJ would rap, talk jive while he was setting up the turntables. Jive basically means he would talk garbage, in a rhyme following pretty close to the beat of the music, just to keep the party going.
Ya ‘ll remember the basement house party. The young people saw that they could make some money and gain some local popularity by dj’ing house parties and that was the beginning of rap.
Rap became an artistic expression of a less than perfect reality. In the 70 and 80 era a lot of the rappers did come out of ghetto situations and used rap as a vehicle to success.
They are not the hard core gangsters that they portray themselves to be. Most of the contemporary artists today are trained or educated in music no matter whether they went to school for it or learned it standing at the side of other people in the business.
True, some of the hip hop culture elements came from prison culture and yes they did have rap competitions in jail.
Most of the successful rappers, did graduate high school, most of them were not deeply involved in the Gansta World. Some did have various convictions.
Some of them were born in the projects, but raised in the suburbs. Some went to private or parochial schools.
Some are ministers, Little league football coaches, most of them appear to have a social consciousness. One was an English Honors student.
But the most important thing to take away from this lesson is that they were all intelligent deep thinking people who were, industrious, motivated and hard working.
You do not get to that level of success by accident.
From plasticlittleraps.com a history of rap music.
Rapping first gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1970s as a kind of street art, especially among African American teenagers. But it wasn’t until 1979, when the Sugarhill Gang released their breakaway hit, ‘Rapper’s Delight, that record producers took notice of this emerging musical genre. once they did, numerous rap acts, including Run-DMC and N.W.A., surfaced, and rap’s audience began to swell. It wasn’t just African American male rappers getting in on the act, either: By the 1980s, white rap bands such as the Beastie Boys and female rap bands such as Salt-n-Pepa were reaching the top of the charts.
Over the next few weeks I will feature a brief bio on a few of the rap artists.