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Rap Music Its impact on society since its birth The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines rap as a rhythmic chanting of usual rhymed couplets to a musical accompaniment The purpose of this paper is to show how rap music has come to be Also citing the many performers who have mad this form of music what it is today Rap is a large part of our society and its evolution is proof that this personal style of music will be around for a very long time Rap music as a musical form began among the youth of South Bronx New York in the mid 1970s Individuals such Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash were some of the early pioneers of this art form Through their performances at clubs and promotion of the music rap consistently gained in popularity throughout the rest of the 1970s The first commercial success of the rap song Rappers Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang in 1979 helped bring rap music into the national spotlight The 1980s saw the continued success of rap music with many artists such as Run DMC who had the first rap album to go gold in 1984 LL Cool J Fat Boys and west coast rappers Ice-T and NWA becoming popular Today in the late 1990s rap music continues to be a prominent and important aspect of African- American culture Rap music was a way for youths in black inner city neighborhoods to express what they were feeling seeing and living and it became a form of entertainment Hanging out with friends and rapping or listening to others rap kept black youths out of trouble in the dangerous neighborhoods in which they lived The dominant culture did not have a type of music that filled the needs of these youth so they created their own So rap music originally emerged as a way for black inner city youth to express their everyday
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