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Renaissance vs Rap Everything is relative In the latter part of the 15th century there began a cultural revolution known as the Renaissance This artistic rebirth changed the way people lived and thought for the next century and a half In the last decades of the 20th century a new voice in music has arisen This voice called Rap represents the cries that emanate from the urban areas of Western civilization Superficially no comparisons can be drawn between Rap music and the Renaissance but if there is an understanding of the cultural impact that each ascertained then the connection is clear The Renaissance began as a rebellion against the medieval church The church during the middle ages controlled every aspect of the people under its jurisdiction All forms of art from painting to music were evaluated using the churchs standards of acceptability Therefore if the church did not agree it was prohibited In an effort to escape this lack of creativity an explosion of artistic imagination occurred Secular music was no longer look upon as damned Courts often had two sets of musicians That way if the occasion called for holy music and secular music the feat could be achieved This creative overflow caused the production of more music that ever before And with the advent of the printing press music was now distributed by the masses The impact of the Renaissance was tremendous in making new boundaries and advancing music as a whole In the late1970s Rap was making its first strides in becoming a major music power in America Coming from humble beginnings it has evolved over the last two decades into a domination force in this culture At its early stages Rap was confined to exclusively to African Americans but that too has changed By the 21st century a substantial percentage of listeners of Rap are not black Due to its nature and content Rap has been heavily
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