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May 30 2016


Music History - Hiphop, Rap, R&B

J Young

Hip hop music has its own roots from West African music and African-American music. The initial rap song being put onto a vinyl record was, "Rapper's Delight", an audio lesson by the Sugarhill Gang during the 1970s. This is when block parties started becoming typical in New York City, which gave hip hop and rap the chance to explode in popularity. Hip hop's instrumentation came from funk, R&B, and disco, when used together make this dynamic kind of music. When the DJs at these block parties learned what the people liked, they began mixing these vinyl records and created music that played continuously with amazing transitions between
songs. Hiphop was actually created by a DJ named Kool Herc, a Jamaican which had moved to the United States having a style that consisted of mixing music through the use of two copies of the identical record. Many of the poor Jamaican's inside the town could not afford vinyl records, so huge home theatre systems were set up in order that many could here the rhythmic beats. These stereo systems were the kick-off for the beginning of the
evolution of block parties. So using the musical talent of such amazing DJs, with the use of vinyl record mixing, the culture of hip hop and rap music was created.

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History of R & B

R&B, which means Rhythm and Blues, was the highest influence on music around the globe for most of the 20th century's second-half. Rhythm and Blues can be a term with a broad sense, but typically recognizing black-pop music. This kind of music was unveiled in the world by artists' combining the music styles of jazz and blues. R&B is actually what was later developed into what we know as rock 'n roll. In the 1970s, the phrase R&B was being used to describe soul and funk music styles, which today we all know it describes Rhythm and Blues. Along with being influenced by jazz and blues, R&B also had influences from gospel and disco music. Disco's downturn within the 1980s opened the doorway for R&B to truly take-off in popularity.

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