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Ice Cube Speaks About the Rise of New LA Rap Talent

ice cube Ice Cube Speaks About the Rise of New LA Rap TalentGangsta rapper Ice Cube may have slowed down in his music production over the years due to his mid career lust for making Hollywood movies and comedy sitcoms, but the rap pioneer is still very much aware on what’s happening around the music world. In a recent interview with MTV, Cube was asked to give his opinion on the recent surge of Los Angeles MCs trying to break out on the mainstream rap scene. The Anaconda actor replied that while he thinks upcoming rappers are being deprived of some much deserved airplay, they are doing all the right things to get noticed.

The rapper Ice Cube, otherwise known as O’Shea Jackson, expressed his unhappiness with the current radio stations. Cube thinks that apart from stations like KDAY, others have stopped supporting the hip hop community like they used to do in the late 80s and early 90s when Cube got his big break with N.W.A.

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Themed Musical Jewelry

diamond Themed Musical JewelryMusic has had a huge impact on jewelry design, with musical artists influencing the styles that become popular overnight. Hip hop music, for instance, made bling jewelry studded with diamonds a must-have accessory for any up-and-coming rap artist. However, not every musician can afford to load down on gold chains and diamond jewelry, and there are still other ways to express their musical talent choosing themed musical jewelry. page go Themed Musical Jewelry Continue reading Themed Musical Jewelry »

Five Favorites from Hitz and Mix Internet Radio

Hip hop originated in New York City, the results of the creative endeavors of the Latino, Afro-Caribbean and African American artists living in the South Bronx during the 70’s. This music genre is made up of sampling, rapping, beat boxing and scratching.

Before the 80’s, the hip hop genre was mostly limited in scope to the borders of the United States of America. During the 80’s its popularity started spreading to other countries. Presently, hip hop enjoys a large following in every modern country on the globe.

black eyed peas Five Favorites from Hitz and Mix Internet RadioThe influence of hip hop music has transcended genres and can be found in many different types of music; we’ve selected five songs from the Mix and Hitz Station lineups that are standouts in their fields, and whether or not they fall under the heading of hip hop, we play them side-by-side with hip hop tracks on the Hitz and Mix stations:

California Gurls
This song was performed by Katy Perry, featuring the famous hip hop star, Snoop Dogg. In this song, the amazing sounds of the guitar beats used in the 80’s can be heard clearly among the summer-themed lyrics.

Imma Be
This song by the Black Eyed Peas starts with a moderate tempo linked to urban beats, then somewhere in the middle of the song, it turns into a dance track of the fully loaded funk house type. It also boasts a music video that is a mix-up of Imma Be and another song, Rock That Body.

kesha Five Favorites from Hitz and Mix Internet RadioYour Love Is My Drug

This number by Kesha is one of the songs in her debut album entitled ‘January’. Its soundtrack is reminiscent of the 80’s feel with a chorus is all about fascinations of adolescent love, playful in nature. This song features auto-tuned vocals, and is spontaneous, lively and informal.

Airplanes

This song is by B.o.B, featuring Hayley Williams. Most of the melodies of this song are basically from the piano with an outstanding clapping backbeat. The song is one of the many from B.o.B’s debut album called ‘B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray’.

Need You Now (2010 Pop Mix)

A unique song by Lady Antebellum about yearning for late night friendship, this hit is written in the form of a beautifully composed ballad. By November, 2009 it hit No. 1 on the Country Charts and then migrated to pop radio. In recreating the 2010 version, which is a pop mix, the country guitar that was used previously was substituted with an electric guitar. Very delicate, but then it has the magic.

Telephone

A song by Lady Gaga, she first showcased this amazing song in ‘The Fame Monster’, prior to its January 26th release. A song for the club, even though the use of a harp was integrated into this top song, this piece includes rapping performed by Beyonce Knowles. The song was originally written for Britney Spears, but was performed with great results by Lady Gaga after Spear’s recording label rejected it.

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90’s Hip-Hop Music

public enemy 90’s Hip Hop Music Hip-Hop, also known as rap, is a musical genre that was derived from the hip-hop culture. It originated in the 1970’s in The Bronx, New York. Hip-hop became a famous musical genre because it allowed the urban youth to freely express themselves. The 1990’s were the Golden Age of Hip-Hop in a way, so let’s take a look back at the 90’s and reminisce about this genre’s success during that era.

Hip-hop in the 90’s was all about expressing politically conscious views in a manner that was smooth and effortless and was assisted by soft bass beats and melodic synthesizers.

In the mid-90’s, a rapid change in the hip-hop culture occurred, and some of the purists saw it as degenerating to the hip-hop culture. This rapid change was the transition into “commercial hip-hop”. It was slowly deteriorating what the emcees in the 80’s built – a culture of music, creativity, artistry and dance wherein they expressed themselves and delivered a clear and positive message to the world. page go 90’s Hip Hop Music  Continue reading 90’s Hip-Hop Music »

Hip Hop Music: Then and Now

Hip hop music has been with us since the 1970’s; since its early years, the genre has been an evolving art form spanning a variety of styles inhabited by some interesting characters. Let’s take a look at the significant years in the development and growth of hip hop.

1970-1973

  • The Grandfather of Hip-Hop; Afrika Bambaataa started to DJ. He is also known to many as the Godfather of Hip Hop culture. As the founder of the Universal Zulu Nation, Afrika is also a visionary, historian and is recognized as the “Master of Records”.
  • Kool Herc, the Father of Hip-hop also known as Clive Campell DJ’d his first block party.

1974

  • Graffiti Art became widely visible in around New York’s subway cars.
  • Caz, Bambaataa, Herc and Flash played at block parties, house parties and were visible all over the Bronx neighborhoods.

1975

  • The art of “Emceeing” started to evolve in parties.
  • Kool Herc and the Herculoids was formed and its members Coke La Rock and Clark Kent formed the first emcee team.

1977

  • Hip hop focused its attention on the MCs while other DJs such as Disco King Mario, Casanova Fly, Disco Wiz and DJ Bam continued to perform around town .
  • Herc was stabbed three times in his party one night, and his career took a beating from which he never recovered.

1983

  • Gangsta rap came into play with Ice T as the pioneering artist. His singles “Body Rock” and “Killers” were released in the West coast.

1986

  • The Geto Boys was formed. It was founded by James Smith who was a native of Houston, Texas. Its original lineup included MCs Raheim, DJ Ready Red, Sir Rap-A-Lot and Jukebox.
  • The Geto Boys were the authors of the evolution of southern rap.

1993

  • “36 Chambers” was released by the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre reached multi-platinum status.

1996

  • Jay-Z launched his highly-anticipated album, “Reasonable Doubt”. He started the “charismatic rapper” theme thus earning lots of admirers and inspiring many wannabes.
  • A new award-giving body was formed in the UK. It was called The Music of Black Origin and The Fugees came away with two trophies for that year.

2001

  • In an MTV show, Puff Daddy announced that he would change his name to P. Diddy.
  • Eminem pleads guilty to two charges of felony in an incident in 2000 where he caught a man kissing his wife, Kim Mathers. He was charged for pistol-whipping the man.

2005

  • In a Power 105.1 concert in New York, Jay-Z and Nas ended their long time feud.

There you have it; Hip-hop highlights through the years. It may be the same as before as it is now. But along the way, there are lots of personalities, happenings and events. All of these events helped shape hip-hop, and the hip-hop culture is still growing strong after all these. Listen to 977music’s very own DJ Tremble on demand here, or every weekend on the Hitz station mix shows.

 
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