I started listening to hip-hop music when I was in 7 grade. Hip-hop music back in the days was all about story telling and aggression which attracted me. Through, hip-hop you can able to tell what you are feeling inside. As a matter of fact, this genre of music started growing its roots and becomes one of the favorite music genres in the world.
In this post, I am going to discuss the reasons why hip-hop is becoming the rock & roll of the music industry.
1. African-Americans Heavily Influenced Both The Genres
Rock & Roll is a blend of blues, jazz and gospel music together with western swing. It became popular in early 1950’s. At this point of time, lots of black people were migrating and this is for the first when black and whites were living in close vicinity. This led to change both races imitate each other’s style of music.
On the other hand, hip-hop traced his roots in early 1970’s. Hip-hop music consists of four elements i.e rap music vocals, turntables which include musicians, breakdancing, and graffiti. According to several reports, hip-hop is the world’s favorite youth culture and each country is making its own rap scene like in India its Desi hip-hop. Firstly, hip-hop music was conquered by the black community. Now- a- days, you can see many white hip-hop artists in the scene and Eminem was one of them. Other white hip-hop artists in the scene are G-Eazy, Mac Miller, and Riff Raff.
2.Both Genres Of Music Changed The Fashion Of Youth Culture
Before the birth of Rock & Roll, there is certain look for boys and girls. Boys had their hairs short whereas girls always had a ponytail look. After the birth of Rock & Roll, there is an immense change in the boys look. They started wearing fitting jeans and white T-shirts and with a black jacket.
Likewise, in hip-hop, they promoted sportswear brands like Fila, Nike, and Puma because b-boys needed stylish, comfortable clothes to dance in. After that, rappers began to sport a more refined look that included Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. With rap have become the monstrous industry, rappers have so much influence that it makes more sense to start their own clothing line instead of promoting other brands.
3. Unethical Sampling Of Music
The music industry is a very complicated world. It appears that the artists are in control, it’s the label really conglomerates. It’s true for which songs go on the album, how much the music will sell, all these things are in the hands of these labels. But an artist can select his music for a track. It’s his choice from which producer he wants the instrumental for his next record.
Talking about the unethical sampling of music, world’s favorite rapper Drake sampled his hit number “Hot Line Bling”. It was sampled from Timmy Thoma’s “Why Can’t We Live Together”. Drake jacked his hit.
4. Old People Hates It
Reports say that Rock & Roll was the first music genre to define an age group. It created a generational divide between parents and their kids. In the 1950’s, the post-war baby boom babies were now entering their teenage years. As a matter of fact, the number of crimes committed by teenagers had been rising like never before, and officials didn’t know what the cause could be, so they blamed pop cultures such as comic books, movies, and rock & roll.
Similarly, rap music went through the same confusion. Rap music was not accepted by the generation before because of its violent and anti-feminist lyrics, glorification of material goods and more use of curse words. However, the violent lyrics are accurate as there is a certain story behind it. Artist records what they faced during that period.
Materialism is very common in the rap game. Nowadays, the hip-hop track is incomplete if there is no mention of bling, women, fast cars, and booze. I am waiting for the time when older generation doesn’t criticize hip-hop music. Music is a collection of sounds. When N.W.A was conducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Ice Cube said: “Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us.”