The seeds of Hip Hop were first sown during the early 70s by DJs such as Cool Herc in the Bronx, U.S.A.
DJs would play parties with twin turntables and soon realised that by using two copies of the same record they could prolong their favorite breakdowns to the further enjoyment of the crowd.
Over these extended breakdowns MCs could tell or rap stories along to the beat, whether it be about a woman they liked or about what they had for breakfast, it all added to the effect of the records and sometimes added a touch of light hearted entertainment in an otherwise difficult ghetto life.
Eventually the DJs started making their own records to rap over. By using Roland drum machines and electronic synthesizers that could be synchronized together, a new sound called Electro Hip Hop was formed.
Breakdance & Graffiti
This music craze was accompanied by another new art form.. Spraycan Art or Graffiti Art which also originated in the Bronx but quickly spread across America and eventually Europe and the world.
Gradually a new way of dancing accompanied Hip Hop and Electro, it took wild moves from Jazz, disco and other street dance forms and became known as break dancing and body popping (inspired by robotic movement). Breakers would form crews and use linoleum sheets or card to battle each other, sometimes in front of passers by.
The fashion was also important, b-boys would wear designer sports labels such as Nike, Puma, Adidas, Fila and Elise.. from head bands to trainers and caps to shell tracksuits.
The popularity of the sampler allowed hip hop producers to sample old funk and soul records to further experiment with break beats. By the late 90s Hip Hop was reaching its zenith and artists such as BDP, Mantronix, Eric B & Rakim and De La Soul were finding great popularity.
Even white punk and rock bands tried getting in on the act with artists such as Aerosmith and The Beastie Boys turning to Hip Hop, with their fanss normally into heavy metal wearing lace-less shell toe Adidas trainers.
Hip Hop has since remained popular in two forms, on a commercial level which is more commonly associated with R&B and the likes of MTV but also it carries on in a more underground fashion and there are new sub genres constantly emerging such as grime and garage. Hip Hop style rap is also used over certain dance music records, some better than others.
Hip Hop will always be around thanks to a rich heritage laid down by such luminaries as Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force, hip hop continues to evolve.
It’s a question we’ve all pondered over at some point or another: should I learn to play an instrument? For some people, musical talent seems to come naturally, while for others, the word ‘tonedeaf’ might spring to mind. But it’s not just our innate musical abilities (or lack thereof) that could be stopping us from becoming the next Beethoven – age and temperament may also affect our ability to learn an instrument. So, if you’re in two minds about whether you’re ready to start making music or quit while you’re ahead, here are some things to bear in mind.
Are we born with a musical ability?
While there have been studies to suggest that musical capacity is down to genetics, skills can still be learned. As instrument specialists Caswell’s Strings points out, some form of practice and instruction is still beneficial for development. Ok, so you may not have an instinctive grasp of musical structure or be able to tell the difference between an accelerando and an allegro, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Of course, some people will develop much quicker than others and reach higher levels of achievement, but even the most advanced musical mastermind still needs to put the work in.
Am I too old?
It’s commonly believed that the brain loses its plasticity as we age, making it difficult to learn something new. In this case, the well-known proverb ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is false. In fact, the brain actually maintains its ability to adapt and respond to new experiences, meaning it’s never too late to start playing an instrument. Although you may not be able to pick it up as well as you would if you were learning as a child, it can still be done.
Do I have the right temperament?
When starting out, it’s important to bear in mind that becoming a skilled pro won’t happen overnight. Of course, we all want to sound like a prodigy from the get-go, but it’s just not realistic – you can expect a lot of squeaking, screeching and shrill notes in the first few months. Starting with the basics can be frustrating, especially for adults, but it’s necessary if you want to enhance your skills and see your ability play grow. It takes a lot of dedication and patience, but for those who are willing to put in the effort, it can be extremely rewarding experience.
At the end of the day it’s all about your dedication and passion for music. Weather you are an aspiring rock star who wants the party limo lifestyle or just someone who wants to learn and play music for themselves. Just remember if its something you enjoy then you are more likely to succeed and become the musician you want to be.
Bad label contracts in the music industry is as old as music since it could start making money. To this day artist still forget the greed label companies possess when signing onto a contract. Lil Uzi Vert a Philadelphia native rapper has topped the charts with hits like XO Tour Lif3 and while that song has generated a whopping 5 million dollars in revenue Uzi himself got to only bring home 2 million. This disparity is rampart throughout the music industry as the labels in most cases fairly take credit for promotion of the artist, his singles, albums and tours while the artist gets to make music and bask in the glory. The artist makes himself and is the one to attract a fa base but the label often puts them in a position where there actually are in front of audiences. It’s a tricky trade off with most artist after ‘making it’ growing salty towards their label for taking from their final cut.
Lil Uzi Vert is most likely in this situation with his last album Luv is Rage 2 dropping in 2017 and no studio album since. Singles have been rare and even guest verses were denied by his label but now his label has given him permission to drop Enternal Atake it is still absent from fan’s library. Uzi is most likely using this to drum up attention and hype for his album. It was only earlier this year he made multiple posts on Instagram claiming he was completely done with music and that he was going to go back to the 2013 version of himself. He claimed he deleted his whole hard drive and fans expected were shocked by the sudden and explosive decision. Uzi tried for months to drop Eternal Atake, we already know all the cover art for it but it still hasn’t hit our shelves. This was most likely an honest expression of his anger with the situation but fast forward to now, he has full permission to drop albums and still has not.
Multiple singles have been recently released by him so either he was being truthful when he deleted his whole hard drive or he still refuses to release Eternal Atake. Either way it sucks for all Lil Uzi fans as we have been waiting patiently for his studio album return. Not as sucky as what Uzi went through but in the end he has a full house studio kitted out by the best music-electrician experts.
Music is something which is very dear to us. We all love music, and there is always something for everyone. Above all the music and other things, there are some hot news which is happening in the music industry and the following are some of those.
Machine gun Kelly got booed on stage as he rapped his Eminem diss song:
The world was taken back when machine gun Kelly dissed the greatest rapper of all time. Eminem recently released a new surprising album kill shot where he dissed many rappers. The album had many brilliant lines but it did put a lot of rappers down and one among those was Machine Gun Kelly who went on to release a Eminem diss: the rap devil. MGK was reportedly booed while performing his Eminem diss track on the fall out boy concert.
The audience who saw this live are constantly commenting on social media. The crowd booed him off stage as he swore about Eminem on the stage. Now we clearly know who no to diss.
Taylor Swift has got a restraining order on a stalker:
It is reported that the stalker has told that he is the soulmate of Taylor Swift and that he wants to rape her. He has also said that he will not hesitate to kill her and there is nothing her lawyers can do about it. The lawyers are pretty much worried about the entire thing as they think that the stalker might actually go ahead and complete his threats.
Selena Gomez is happy to sing for a Bollywood film:
When Selena Gomez was asked if she would be willing to sing for a Bollywood film, she said that she would be happy to do it. She is quite popular for making hits like “Come and get it,” “Back to you,” “Bad liar,” “Wolves” etc.
Ariana Grande remembers her ex-boyfriend:
The rapper Mac Miller was found dead in his apartment this September, and he used to date Ariana Grande. The couple broke up a few months back, and due to a drug overdose, Mac Miller passed away. Grande was blamed for the same, but there is pretty much nothing she could have done about it. She recently shared a black and white picture of the couple without any caption.
Elton John plays a tribute to Mac Miller:
Elton John, the veteran singer, pays his tribute to the rapper by dedicating a song named don’t let the Sun Go Down on Me. He said that he couldn’t believe that a man so young had to pass away so soon. He added, “Mac wherever you are now, I hope you are happy.” If you’re ever feeling depressed or suicidal then there are a lot of professional agency that can help with support. Also visiting your local home doctor can point you in the right direction
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin might get married the coming week: