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Name Justin Brown Date March 17th 2002 Course Section The History of Rap Music Specific purpose To inform my audience on the history of rap music Thesis Hip Hop has become like WWF Wrestling Central idea I want my audience to know and understand the roots of rap music Introduction I Hip Hop has become like WWF Wrestling There are few artists who can hold an audiences attention for more than one hit record There are even fewer who have the ability in this day and age to release an album that can be listened to and enjoyed in its entirety Its a small miracle in the year 2002 that an artist has a catalogue of music that can be looked upon as a complete body of work II Rap music wasnt even considered a category at the Grammys until the late 80s It is surprising to me because rap is a form of music and it took so long to be recognized in mainstream Body I A Its not a mystery its history and heres how it goes 1 Two years ago a friend of mine asked me to say some MC rhymes and since then Run DMC has never looked back The rap superstars have done it all and then some ever since they took the US music scene by storm with Its Like That and Sucker MCs in the early 80s 2 These guys werent the first rap group to exist but as Frank Owen said in New York Newsday they were the first rap group that really mattered Guys like Grandmaster Flash did a bit of the ground work but Run DMC were almost solely responsible for bringing rap music to the masses to enjoy the popularity that it does today B Some of the Run DMCs history-making achievements which changed the face of rap and popular music 1 Joseph Simmons Run
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