The New Era of Hip-Hop and Rap

10 Dec

By Myrlande “M.C” Charelus

                                                            The New Era of Hip-Hop and Rap

           Is it Hip Hop or is it Rap? Music lovers tell the differences between the two.

            Fort Myers, FL— Music is something most everyone enjoys. It is a way that some people use to express their feelings; also it can be defined as a place others go to find comfort. There are a variety of types of music genre; pop, country, alternative, blues, hip-hop and rap, etc. Some people like them all and others have their own preferences. For example, someone who likes pop music may not like hip-hop. Someone who likes hip-hop may not like rap.

            When it comes to hip-hop and rap, it may be difficult to differentiate between the two. It is also clear that a lot of listeners do not know there is a difference between them, (rap and hip-hop). Hip-hop music was originated in the African-communities in New York City during the late 1970s. It was created by DJ Clive Campbell, commonly known as Kool Herc, who was an immigrant from Kingston, Jamaica.  Campbell created the blueprint for hip-hop by taking ideas from the Jamaican tradition of poetry and speech to create hip-hop.

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            In comparison, rap music is defined as a mixture of rhythm and poetry. According to HiphopComesUp’s website, rap music can be traced all the way back to spoken-word artists of pre-slavery in West Africa, the griots.  The first rap song which gained mainstream notice in the American music media was “Rapper’s Delight”, performed by the Sugarhill Gang. However, the movement did not receive nationwide recognition until the early 1980s. In addition, by the late 1980s, rap music had played a major part in the American mainstream musical landscape.

 “I have been listening to rap and hip-hop music ever since I was born; that’s the culture I was brought into; also that’s my culture. However, I started to understand the genre when I was seven years old,” said Dezmond Wheeler, a rapper and student at FGCU.

            Although both hip-hop and rap seem to be the exact genre; there are some slight differences.  When it comes to rap, there are no set rules except to be original and to rhyme to the beat of the music.  Rap is vocal delivery; one could rap about the issues pertaining to his or her life or something else such as: politics, religion, etc. Hip-hop consists of rap music, beatboxing (when the voice is used to simulate percussion instruments), graffiti, DJing (disc jockey), MC’ing (master of ceremony), fashion and break dancing.

“Rap is when you’re going into details or talk about a subject that needs to be discussed, whereas hip-hop is more in depth. It is more like a culture,” said Nixon Joseph.
Joseph is a DJ, MC and one of the lead rapper from the group “Knight For Christ” (KFC), a Christian hip-hop group.

            Although rap is part of hip hop; however, hip-hop is not part of rap. It is easier for someone to refer to him or herself as a rapper instead of a hip-hop artist, unless that individual is truly an artist.  Hip-hop is a lifestyle, whereas rap is speaking words.

“Hip-hop is melodic, it is more encouraged to see, it is as art; while, rap is all lyrical and it is not really worldwide,” said Sammy Rigaud, a radio personality and hip-hop artist from Boca Raton, FL.

“Rap is real stuff! However, I am a hip-hop artist!” said Joseph.Dezmond Wheeler (Photo: Rapper Dezmond Wheeler)



***Did you know “Rapture” performed by the band Blondie, debuted in 1981, was the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV?

Well-known rap artists:
Dr. Dre
50 Cent

Well-known  Hip hop artists:
Salt N Pepa
Queen Latifah
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Wiz Khalifa


9 Responses to “The New Era of Hip-Hop and Rap”

  1. shaquill January 20, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    “Rap beats” This is freaking insane!

  2. nando February 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I think you should reconsider your hip hop artists list… -_-

  3. Paris Chanel April 4, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    There are parts of this article where you make it seem like Hip-Hop is a genre. Hip-Hop is not a musical genre, although it’s been pegged as one, or used interchangeably with the term ‘rap’ by the mainstream. Hip-Hop is a culture made up of various artistic expressions that started in the South Bronx in the early 1970s. Rap, on the other hand, is the musical genre within the culture of Hip-Hop.

    All of those artists on your list (whether bad or good) are rappers, or considered hip-hop artists (again, interchangeable by the mainstream). However, based on their incomparable delivery―lyricism, flow, presence, etc―some of them are considered emcees (i.e. Queen Latifah, Common, Tupac).

    • mcthewriter April 4, 2013 at 12:43 am #

      Agree with everything you have to say; however, I never said Hiphop was/is a genre; but rather is culture.

      • Paris Chanel April 4, 2013 at 12:46 am #

        From the post:
        “There are a variety of types of music genre; pop, country, alternative, blues, hip-hop and rap, etc.”

        “Although both hip-hop and rap seem to be the exact genre; there are some slight differences.”

        • mcthewriter April 4, 2013 at 1:16 am #

          Yes! Exactly… That was the point I was trying to prove. A lot of people are calling themselves rappers; but it takes so much more for Hiphop. Like we have discussed it’s culture. It is not just about the music, but the contents that come with it.

  4. Cherie April 26, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Hi there, all the time i used to check weblog posts here early in the daylight, as i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

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