About Rap

Rapping (also rhyming, spitting, emceeing, or MCing) is a musical form of vocal delivery that incorporates "rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular", which is performed or chanted in a variety of ways, usually over a backing beat or musical accompaniment. The components of rap include "content" (what is being said), "flow" (rhythm, rhyme), and "delivery" (cadence, intonation). Rapping is distinct from spoken word poetry in that it is usually performed in time to an instrumental track. Rapping is often associated with and an ingredient of hip-hop music, but the origins of the phenomenon predate hip-hop culture. The earliest precursor to modern rap is the West African griot tradition, in which "oral historians", or "praise-singers", would disseminate oral traditions and genealogies, or use their formidable rhetoric and knowledge of local history and politics to comment on local affairs. Griots of West Africa are a caste of professional storytellers and musicians who have been playing since the 11th century. 

In the 1970s, hip-hop culture developed in block parties thrown by New York City DJ Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa in the Bronx borough of New York City. Hip-hop music has been a powerful medium for protesting the impact of legal institutions on minorities, particularly police, and prisons. Historically, hip hop arose out of the ruins of a post-industrial and ravaged South Bronx, as a form of expression for urban Black and Latino youth, whom the public and political discourse had written off as marginalized communities. One of the earliest mainstream successes in rap music was Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" in 1982, which became the first rap song to be nominated for a Grammy Award. In the 1980s, rap music was influenced by disco music, as evidenced by the popularity of songs such as Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" (1982) and Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (1979), which was the first rap single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

In the late 1980s, gangsta rap became the focus of West Coast hip-hop music, with groups such as N.W.A and its leader Eazy-E. G-funk dominated mainstream hip hop for several years during the early 1990s, with artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Warren G. East Coast hip hop in the early to mid-1990s was dominated by the Native Tongues posse (consisting of groups like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, and Leaders of the New School) and the Bad Boy Records label, founded in 1993 by Sean "Puffy" Combs. The mid-1990s saw a resurgence in East Coast hip hop, led by Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. In 1996, Puff Daddy had the top-selling album of the year with his debut album No Way Out, which was certified seven times platinum by the RIAA. The album featured the number one single "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down". In 1997, Puff Daddy released his second album, Forever, which was also certified seven times platinum and featured the number one singles "Been Around the World" (featuring Mase and The Notorious B.I.G.) and "I'll Be Missing You" (featuring Faith Evans and 112). 

The late 1990s saw the rise of alternative hip hop, with artists such as Moby, Beck, Fatboy Slim, and The Roots. In 1999, The Roots won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for their album Things Fall Apart. In the 2000s, a new wave of alternative hip-hop emerged, led by artists such as Outkast, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco. In the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade), crunk music developed out of Southern hip hop in the southern United States, with artists such as Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins. Crunk is often up-tempo and one of the fastest subgenres of hip-hop. In North Carolina, Master P developed a form of rap known as bounce music, which was inspired by Miami bass. In the mid-2000s (decade), Atlanta became a hotbed for rap music, with the rise of Atlanta-based record labels such as Disturbing the Peace, Ludacris' label, and Outkast's Aquemini Records. The city also spawned other popular rap groups such as G-Unit, Shop Boyz, Travis Porter, and Young Jeezy.

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