This new sound was a far cry from what we know today as rap music, nonetheless, this is where it began.
Essentially, it was a DC playing a record and “mixing it” and combining this with the recitation of rhymes. This primitive form of music came to be known as Hippo as it percolated throughout the city; every racially and culturally unique neighborhood putting on it it’s spin. The first hints of any mainstream success within the genre came with sass’s “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugar Hill Gang which reached #36 on the Billboard 1 00, thus demonstrating hippo’s ability to achieve commercial success.The diversity of New York City cannot be overstated, and this is an important aspect of Hippo’s maturity and evolution. Within each borough there is a generalized dominant racial group or combination of groups. With names like Acquaintances, its not hard to tell which ethnic groups dominate each of the five boroughs. Statistically Speaking: Majority Minority groups as follows: The Bronx : Puerco Ricans, other Latino groups. (43%) Brooklyn : Africanizing (37%) & Latino (10%) Manhattan : Latino (25%) Asian (12%) African American (13%) QueensLatino (27%) Asian (22%) Africanizing (20%) Staten Island As hippo progressed through the ass’s and became popular throughout the country, artists from all over the United States accomplished success; Hippo had matured and was becoming rooted in pop culture.
While it’s certainly true that rap music had long left the confines of New York City, it was still New York from which most of the popular rappers and group hailed. The 1 ass’s as w the emergence of The Beastie Boys, whose albums Licensed to Ill achieved critical acclaim and huge commercial success.This coincided with the growth f rock music’s popularity. The best example of this exists with Runner’s collaboration with Aerostatic on the track ‘ walk This Way’ in 1986.
In the muss ICC video was a visual representation of what this record accomplished in mainstream America; the two bands are performing, separated by a brick wall the two conflicting sounds,and naturally conflict arises. This is resolved when the wall is broken down and the two bands join forces and perform the song it is heard.This is an obvious metaphor exhibiting the popularity of rap music throughout white America along with black culture. This undoubtedly opened the world to hippo leading to an explosion of its popularity and the emergence o f new sounds from different regions in the united States. The late ass’s and into the early ass’s was dominated by socially and politically conscious rap groups. (It is important to note that it was groups that tended to gain celebrity more often than individual rappers during this period (N. W.
A, Around, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Get Boys, De la Soul) to name a few).New York City specifically curates numerous young talents that would grow to beck me legendary performers that remain influential till this day. Mid sass’s A major turn came in the mid sass’s as popular music began to move away FRR mom politics and social issues, shifting instead to content based on street culture, drug culture, sex, violence and status. To me, this marked the beginning of modern rap. To explain this sentiment, I present a analysis and description of several popular rap singles and the general content of each eve r the period between 19891993 : (Note the dominance Of the U. S.
Hip Hop Charts by New York City based artists) 1989 De La Soul,(Long Island): “Me, Myself, and l” (8 weeks at #1) The general tone of this and all of De La Soul’s songs was quirky, contained social commentary and an overall “hippie” sound. Me, myself and l, that’s all I got in the end That’s what found out and there into no need to cry I took a vow that from now on I’m gong’ be my own best friend” 1990: Public Enemy,(Long Island): “911 is a Joke” (3 weeks at #1 on Rap Singles Chart). Public Enemy had reached popularity through a previous single e “High the Powwow which came to one of the defining records of early politically charged hippo.This same theme was evident in “91 1 is a Joke” in which paramedics were shamed for evidently arriving much later than nee deed at the scenes of medical emergencies in urban, Black, projects and neighborhoods. “With an autopsy ambulance just to dissect yea They are the kings ’cause they swing amputation Lose your arms, your legs to them it’s compilation I can prove it to you watch the rotation It all adds up to a funky situation” Although different in many ways than previous records, the same sociopolitical elements reflecting undeserved issued in Black communities imprisoned the foundation of this record.East Coast hippo had yet to fully evolve into its modern form. 1991 . Naughty by Jersey): “O.
P. P. ” (Other People’s Property)4 weeks at #1 on Rap Singles Chart. Aggressive lyrics paired with a light catchy percussive beat with a background chorus; in fact, O. P. P. Was based on the Jackson five record “A. B.
C” (1970). “O. P. P.
” embodied the East Coast sound of the time as well as any other record.The content of the song took the idea of infidelity and presented it in an ambiguous context that ironically used no refine language instead opting for clever metaphors, resulting in the songs meaning being initially cloudy. “It’s POP, time other people’s what you get it There’s no room for relationship there’s just room to hit it How many brothers out there know just what I’m getting’ at Who thinks it’s wrong ‘coos I’m splitting’ and chitin’ at Well if you do, that’s POP and you’re not down with it But if you don’t, here’s your membership” The popularity of the song spurred the catchphrase “You Down With O.P. P.?! ” and the corresponding response: ‘ ‘Yeah! , You Know Me! ” to become a regional ND generational cliche’. (At 4 weeks at #1 , “O.
P. P. ” was only rivaled by Queens native AL Cool G’s “Around The Way Girl” for most popular rap single of 1 991) 1992 saw the emergence of popular and independent sounds coming from areas outside of New York and Southern California.
To be sure, this only catcalled the progress Hippo and its rise in popularity as areas such as Atlanta (Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew, Arrested Development), Houston (Get Boys, GIGS) and the Midwest (Bone Disharmony, Twists) began producing talent that would m aka a splash on the American Rap Charts. Its critical to note that Rap had by no means been exclusive to California and New York, however in it’s infancy, Hippo was divided into the East Coast and West Coast divisions that rappers , pop culture, and mainstream media primarily acknowledged.Consistent with the emergence of artists from varied regions, the two most successful records on the Rap Singles Chart was “The Paunchy Feel One” by Cypress Hill (California) and “Jump” by Kuris Cross (Atlanta) with each spending 5 weeks respectively at #1 . The early ass’s ushered in hippos platinum era, albeit having gone through mom labor pains; violence, controversy, developing coastal rivalries. The middy’s saw a hippo that was matured and by then becoming the axis of you the culture.