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Rap is a form of urban music which emerged from the hip-hop movement of the South Bronx New York in the early 1970s The hip-hop culture was comprised of the popular street activities of African-American youth during the 1970s such as styles of language street-slang colloquialisms graffiti break dancing music and their colourful attitude and fashion Rap music is therefor a subculture to the hip-hop movement or what many describe as the soundtrack to accompany the other facets of the hip-hop culture This means that any changes that take place within the hip-hop culture itself will be reflected in the subculture of rap music Since the 1970s styles of dancing talking and graffiting have changed not to mention the dramatically noticeable change in urban fashion So subsequent to all aspects of the hip-hop culture having changed since its advent in the 1970s it seems only logical that rap music to change also and evolve alongside the hip-hop culture In fact almost every aspect of popular rap music has undergone a huge transformation From the style of music and the intent of the lyrics to the culture gender and race associated with rap artists and their listeners rap has evolved quite dramaticallyThe origins of rap music may be traced as far back as some African tribes in which members used a style of trading tall tales handing out verbal abuse in rhymes providing their own rhythmical chest-whacking thigh slapping accompaniment This was known as toasting and signifying Where tribe members would display their power and dominance More immediately however modern rap was a bi-product of the another activity disk jockeying In the early 1970s disc jockeys or DJs were a common appearance at backyard parties and social events They played music on two vinyl record players mixing songs together and combining old songs into new danceable collages Using different techniques such as quickly changing play speeds and equaliser settings scratching records back and forth and
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