Rap Hip Hop Tickets
Hip hop music, interchangeably used with term rap music emerged in the United States in the 1970s. Hip hop and rap go hand in hand since hip hop involves stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping. Rapping is “spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics.”
Rapping is different from spoken-word poetry since it involves performing in time to a beat. The two are used interchangeably, but the history of rapping predates hip hop. Rap and hip hop tickets are high in demand and that is because of the artists that keep performing all year round.
The creation of hip hop is credited to Keith Cowboy, a rapper. However, there are two other rappers who can share the credit along with Cowboy; DJ Hollywood and Lovebug Starski. It is often believed that Cowboy coined the term hip hop because he thought that the rhythmic cadence of soldiers marching sounded like “hip/hop/hip/hop.”
Afrika Bambaataa of Universal Zulu Nation is credited with first describing hip hop as a subculture. Although in those days it was considered as a derogatory term. Hip hop was first used in print by The Village Voice by Steven Hager, who would later go on to pen the history of hip hop.
Hip hop as culture and music has roots in the 1970s block parties that used to take place in the New York City. More specifically, it was the era’s African-American block parties in the Bronx area of New York City. The DJs at these block parties played percussive breaks of popular songs using two turntables to extend the breaks. As sampling technology and drum-machines became easier to buy, they played an important role in the evolution of hip hop music.
Rapping developed as a singing style in which the singer spoke along with an instrumental or synthesized beat. Artists who led this music in the 1970s were: The Sugarhill Gang, Spoonie Gee, The Fat Boys, Warp 9, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Kool Moe Dee, Afrika Bambaataa, Marley Marl, Fab Five Freddy, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, and DJ Kool Herc. It was The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” which was considered the first hip hop song to get widespread popularity.
In the 1980s, hip hop gained more mainstream acceptance. Hip hop artists developed more complex styles. In addition to that, hip hop also became popular in the rest of the world during the 1980s. During this decade, New School hip hop emerged, which was essentially the second wave of hip hop music. Rappers such as LL Cool J and Run-D.M.C. are widely credited with ushering in hip hop’s second wave.
The second wave was followed by hip hop’s Golden Age. This was between the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Artists and bands like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy and Justice Crew all played their part in taking hip hop further than it had ever gone before. Hip hop’s Golden Age was all about innovation.
Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop. Its lyrical emphasis is on the plight of inner-city youth and violent lifestyles. Rappers such as Geto Boys, Ice Cube, Ice-T, N.W.A, and Schoolly D are widely considered to be the ones who began gangsta rap.
Hip Hop in the 1990s
In the 1990s, hip hop further evolved into Atlanta hip hop and Southern rap. It continued assimilating into other genres of pop music such as Neo Soul. By 1999, hip hop also became the highest selling music genre in the US. Its popularity continued into the 21st century as hip hop influenced mainstream popular music. Crunk, a music style, also became famous largely due to the influence of hip hop. This style of music emphasizes music and beat, rather than the lyrics.
Hip Hop in 2000 and Alternative Hip Hop
Hip hop record sales declined in 2005. This is when alternative hip hop started to enjoy mainstream success. This is largely due to the music of artists Kanye West and OutKast. Alternative hip hop was inclusive of many different genres such as rap, gospel, electronica, pop, country, indie, jazz, punk, R&B and rock.
Alternative hip hop is not confined to the US; it has following in the rest of the world too with prominent rappers such as M.I.A., K’naan and Shing02, representing different countries and cultures.
The genre is nothing short of a global craze, with its artists equally popular all around the world. You can now book your rap concert tickets and see the biggest names in the business step it up, live.