Do You Like Hip Hop? – Here Are 7 Facts You Didn’t Know About This Music Genre
When it comes to music, every individual is likely to have differing tastes from their neighbors and friends. Out of the multitude of genres that exist, though, it is the genre of Hip Hop that a great majority of people are unfamiliar with. How did it start? Where did it come from and how did it keep going?
Here is a list of facts that even fans of hip hop may not have known:
1. The Birthplace of Hip Hop
It should come as no surprise that Hip Hop would be born in a place like New York, where many musical artists got their start and earned their way to the top. It was at a birthday party in 1973 where Dj Kool Herc made musical history.
Herc got his start spinning at the beginning of the decade. But it was when he began to take notice of the dance floor’s occupants whenever the flow of music changed. Using two turntables, the DJ birthed the transition of hip-hop beats, sometimes extending the drum break people were so fond of.
The trick he used to extend smaller part of a song, he dubbed the ‘Merry-Go-Round.” You’ll be familiar with it today as the “breakbeat.”
2. The First Hip Hop “Hit” Was Released in 1979
Even during the 1970s, music artists couldn’t help but sample bits and pieces from some of the most popular songs that existed at the time. The hip hop group, Sugar Hill Gang, decided that Chic’s “Good Times” had such a great beat, they needed to include part of it in their hit “Rapper’s Delight.”
Nile Rodgers of Chic wasn’t too happy and made a motion to sue the group. Both parties were able to settle out of court and was gracious enough to allow Sugar Hill gang to sample 15 minutes of Chic’s music. That helped catapult hip hop into the American Pop culture scene.
3. Rum D.M.C. was The Face of 80s Hip Hop
If you are unfamiliar with the name Run D.M.C., then it’s likely you are not too into the hip hop genre. A trio made up of Jam Master J, Rev Run, and Daryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, the group shared what life was like in New York City through their music.
The honesty and intelligence they put into their music was part of their signature flavor, building them a reputation that landed them on the cover of Rolling Stones, the first rap group to have the honor.
Run D.M.C. is also able to claim the title of ‘first rap group on MTV.”
4. Beastie Boys Didn’t Start in Rap
The young rap trio of Jewish descent was a hugely popular rap group from the mid-80s to the 90s. I remember my brother first discovering the band and playing one of their albums till the CD was scratched.
License to Ill, while being their first album, is regarded high on the list of their eight total albums released. It’s surprising how well they did from the get-go, considering the group got their start in the punk-pop scene. It was that aggression they brought over to hip-hop to fuel their catchy sound.
5. The FBI Helped the NWA Gain Popularity
One of the most influential groups to grace both hip hop and rap, N.W.A. was known for their distinct non-conformist lyrics. Made up of artists Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Easy-E, Arabian Prince, and DJ Yella, the Southern California rappers eventually caught the notice of the FBI.
The letter essentially stated that the agency was promoting violence and hatred for police with their lyrics. Through a few connections to the media, the infamous letter only served to gain the NWA even more popularity for their controversial album.
6. NWA Made History
The group’s album Niggaz4life was in the top five of Billboard’s Top 200 and sold more than 600,000 copies in less than two weeks. With this accomplishment, the SoCal rappers struck it big for their fellow rappers and hip hop artists. They also did so during the height of MC Hammer’s career.
7. Deceased Rapper 2Pac Continues to Inspire
In less than a year, the still famous rapper released two albums with one spanning two discs. But in the 20 years since his death, the music of his has been slowly released by artists that worked closely with him.