Rap: Then And Now Essay

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American rap has changed very much over time. A big reason for that was the work of Tupac and Eminem. Although Tupac isn’t around today, Eminem is still around changing the rap game forever. In the early stages of rap, it was mainly popular to african americans and performed by african americans but since the emergence of Eminem, rap music is more popular to all races and is being performed by all races as well. Rap has changed very much over time and the similarities and differences between Tupac and Eminem had a great impact on the American rap industry and American culture.
Tupac “Amaru” Shakur, also known as “2Pac,” was born on June 16, 1971 in New York, New York (Scott). According ...view middle of the document...

” He also asserted that “the most dangerous weapon is an educated black man.” (Scott). Tupac was shot and killed in a drive by attack on September 13, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Furthermore, Marshall Mathers III, (also known as Eminem), was born on October 17, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri (Newsmakers ). From the article, Eminem, Eminem spent his early childhood between Kansas City and Detroit (Newsmakers). He was raised by a single mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs. When Eminem was 12, they settled on the east side of Detroit permanently, but his life got no easier. Eminem never knew his father although his mother contends they were married at the time of his birth. Eminem attended Lincoln Junior High School and Osbourne High School where he started listening to LL Cool J and 2 Live Crew (Newsmakers). Eminem quickly gained a reputation for his ability of rhyming. Eminem’s interest in becoming a rapper started then and he never looked back. Eminem is one of the most popular rappers in today’s music culture and he got most of his ideas and inspirations from 2pac.
As said by the article, Music: Hip Hop Trends (1990’s), rap and hip hop culture started out in the South Bronx as a street born cultural movement grounded by what have become known as the four pillars of hip hop: DJing, MCing, (later known as rapping) breakdancing, and graffiti art (McConnell). By the end of the 1990’s many of the original elements of hip hop music had been stripped away, and rap music had emerged. West Coast Gangsta Rap, at the beginning of the 1990’s some performers decided to take rap back to the impoverished streets from which it emerged (McConnell). Street credibility became an essential part of rap music. East Coast Sound, at the same time gangsta rap arose in the West, another hip hop sound was emerging on the east coast (McConnell). New positive minded, afrocentric groups started to bring a jazzier, more intellectual style to rap music. Divisions, during the last half of the decade people who were concerned with holding the roots of hip hop culture began to call themselves hip hop artists to distinguish themselves from commercially exploitive “rappers.” (McConnell). Hip hop performers concerned with artistic skill were harshly critical of new rap superstars. A stronger divide also developed between East and West Coast artists. Conflicts between the two groups were even suggested as motives for the murders of two superstars, Tupac Shakur in 1996 and Notorious B.I.G. “Biggie Smalls” in 1997 (McConnell). The beginning of rap music was all about street credibility and it also involved more than just “rapping.” (McConnell). It involved DJing, graffiti art, and breakdancing. In todays rap, breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti art are not involved in rapping its more about the songs and lyrics (McConnell).
Today’s rap style is a lot different than that of the 80’s and 90’s. Rap music nowadays is more based on the listener’s opinions and what...

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