Evolution of Hip Hop Part 1

Even I am sometimes surprised by the new genres of music popping out. The slides and accents of the melodies came in the new millennium with influences that go beyond music. There is the chill kind of sound that seems to mash the easy beat of ballad with the confusing sound of electronics. People don’t “move” to reggae anymore, it has transitioned fully to a music that even the hip hop embraces. Even Christian music has its own mixture of rock.

Some people, though, refuse to acknowledge these be a new genre. Christian music may have made its way with highly tattooed, eyeliner wearing, head banging bands like Creed but their bed of their sound comes from a drum set, a bass guitar, a lead guitar and a rhythm guitar. That is, bay any other name, still rock

That may be easy to settle when we talk rock but hip hop may be a little different. This genre has gone through so much change, it is actually hard to say whether there is a pure-blooded hip hop sound out there.

Some argues that this sound originated from Rhythm and Blues. R&B was the sound that they used for marathon parties during the 50s. The easy going base and acoustic sound allows them to extend the tune for as long as they want. When the need to have basement parties in New York started, the R&B melodies started getting faster. The lyrics started become more aggressive.

Some thirty years ago, the phenomenon started. The music started evolving as well as new hip hop artists come in aiming to make their mark in the music industry. As this genre spreads across Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia, U.S. artists were evolving the sound. They started using hip hop to express their views on different political and social issues.

That is where gangsta rap started. The lyrics delved on really serious matters like violence, racism, homophobia, gender issues, abuses, and others. Dance battles started becoming physical battles.