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Hip Hop The Origin of Rap Music Nowadays if you ask most people to give a definition of rap theyre likely to state that its the reciting of rhymes to the best of music Its a form of expression that finds its roots imbedded deep within ancient African culture and oral tradition Throughout history here in America there has always been some form of verbal acrobatics or jousting involving rhymes within the Afro-American community Signifying testifying Shining of the Titanic the Dozens school yard rhymes prison jail house rhymes and double Dutch jump rope rhymes are some of the names and ways that various forms of rap have manifested Modern day rap music finds its immediate roots in the toasting and dub talk over elements of reggae music In the early 70s a Jamaican dj known as Kool Herc moved from Kingston to NYs West Bronx Here he attempted to incorporate his Jamaican style of dj which involved reciting improvised rhymes over the dub versions of his reggae records Unfortunately New Yorkers werent into reggae at the time Thus Kool Herc adapted his style by chanting over the instrumental or percussion sections of the days popular songs Because these breaks were relatively short he learned to extend them indefinitely by using an audio mixer and two identical records in which he continuously replaced the desired segment In those early days young party goers initially recited popular phrases and used the slang of the day For example it was fashionable for dj to acknowledge people who were in attendance at a party These early raps featured someone such as Herc shouting over the instrumental break Yo this is Kool Herc in the joint-ski saying my mellow-ski Marky D is in the house This would usually evoke a response from the crowd who began to call out their own names and slogans As this phenomenon evolved the party shouts became more
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