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From cool jazz to Chicago blues gospel to RB reggae and gangsta rap For a century African-Americans Blacks Negros and or Niggas or what ever label or category is decided this millennium have been in the vanguard of recorded music in every style imaginable Raps origins stretch far back to African oral tradition it has a more immediate predecessor in the spoken-word expressionism of 60s activists like the Last Poets or LeRoi Jones later known as Amiri Baraka who performed activist poetry over the New York Art Ensembles free jazz But it was in the early 70s in New Yorks inner-city neighborhoods in the Bronx and Brooklyn that mcs began rapping spoken rhymes about street life to the beat of dj-manipulated drum machines and turntables Break dancers and graffiti artists provided a dramatic and colorful visual style to accompany the beats and narratives and a subculture was born In 1979 the Sugar hill Gangs Rappers Delight produced its first hit single and rappers havent left the charts since From the late 80s and into the early 90s Hip-hop was off and running No this is not the history of RapHip-hop However it is about the significant history of how a young black artistic male communicated verbally and non verbally to the world through poems music and film Rap and hip-hops quotations evolved into an even more highly coded communications called Gangsta Rap Dr Dre ne Andre Young founded the Death Row label and released his seminal solo outing The Chronic Dre with his colleague Snoop Doggy Dogg blanketed the nation with gangsta attitude The rapping of this era is often edgy and political with grim stories fanciful and true about urban life and crime Living in the hood neighborhood or evolved environments is the focus of gangsta rap Developed in the late 80s as an offshoot from hard-core rap gangsta raps hard and antagonistic sound--and especially lyrics became the most commercially successful So began the
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