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The first rap recording was made in 1979 Rap originated in the mid 1970s in the South Bronx area of New York City This recording was rappers delight performed by the sugar hill gang During the early 90s there was an up roar in whats was called gangsta rap Although rap originated within the African- American community the style gradually attracted white musicians for example a white group from NY the Beastie Boys A rap group consists of at least one rapper a disk jockey or two or more rappers The rap often uses a call and response format typical in much African-American music Rap vocals emphasize lyrics and word play over melody and harmony Lyric themes can be categorized under three headings Those that concern human relationships those that concern the so-called gangsta lifestyle in the inner cities America and those that deal with contemporary political issues or aspects of Black History 1978 DJ Grand Wizard Theodore introduced the technique of scratching to produce rhythmic patterns Since the mid-1980s rap has greatly influenced both black and white culture in North America Much of the slang of Hip-hop culture have become a regular part of the vocabulary of a great number of young people of many different ethnic origins Many rap enthusiasts feel that rap functions as a voice for a community without access to the mainstream media They also feel that rap serves to create self pride self help and self improvement communicating a positive and fulfilling sense of black history that is absent from other forms of other American institutions People who defend the gangsta rap argue that no matter who is listening to the music the raps are justified because they accurately portray life in inner city America Gangsta rap was a form of rap I seen to mostly come from west coast artist like DrDre Easy-e da lench men
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