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From Blues to Jazz to Rap American culture is based on numerous subcultures with each subculture having its own characteristics and traits Each subculture is characterized by its own type of music clothing and people A very important subculture in America is that of the African Americans Throughout history music has played a very important role to form the African American culture As the cultures and ideas of black community changed so did their music For the African American community the artistic and musical revolution started in the early 1900s with the Harlem revolution Harlem was a small community in New York that influenced writing dancing and music among the African Americans The Harlem revolution started new types of music such as the Blues and the Jazz Slowly as the blacks got more freedom they started making more music and their style of music changed from blues and jazz to rap and hiphop During the Harlem revolution in the early 1920s and 30s the African American culture started making great strides towards writing poetry and music The revolution inspired a new type of music the Rhythm and Blues The lyrics dealing with the basic problems and hardships of life such as poverty religion isolation loneliness work racism death and especially love provide an interesting perspective into the lives of African Americans However what makes the music fascinating is its broad spectrum of influences and very rich history The blues seem to be heavily rooted in African American work songs field hollers and spirituals dating back to the first days of slavery on this continent Influences can also be drawn from African tribal music and Caribbean music especially Jamaican and Haitian music Some of the famous artists include Bessie Smith Sonny Boy Williamson and Robert Johnson From rock n roll to pop to gangster rap to heavy metal American music is in many ways touched and influenced by the blues The blues were an
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