Rap/Hip-Hop

Overview

Hip-hop music busted out of New York City in the 1970s. Many young African Americans found their voices after stepping up to the mic. In the decades afterward, rappers and DJs took over the airwaves and transformed American music. In the twenty-first century, hip-hop is a global sensation.

Learn what inspired hip-hop's earliest rappers to start rhyming over beats, as well as the stories behind hip-hop legends such as Run-D.M.C., 2Pac. Lauryn Hill, and Joy-Z. Follow the ...

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Overview

Hip-hop music busted out of New York City in the 1970s. Many young African Americans found their voices after stepping up to the mic. In the decades afterward, rappers and DJs took over the airwaves and transformed American music. In the twenty-first century, hip-hop is a global sensation.

Learn what inspired hip-hop's earliest rappers to start rhyming over beats, as well as the stories behind hip-hop legends such as Run-D.M.C., 2Pac. Lauryn Hill, and Joy-Z. Follow the creativity and the rivalries that have fueled everything from party raps to songs about social struggles. And find out how you can add your own sounds to the mix!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
In 1978, Sugarhill Gang became the first band to score a hit using rhythmic spoken lines, or rap. A group of DJs from the Bronx in New York changed music forever with this new sound. Dancers began showing off fancy moves during instrumental breaks. Producers perfected the art of sampling, or using clips from popular songs in another song. Scratching, spinning a record against the turntable needle, turned the record player into an instrument of its own. Rappers created rhymes often depicting harsh realities of urban life. Hip-hop rose to its golden age in the late 80s and early 90s with new sounds and controversial groups. As rap reached the west coast, rivalries between artists came to a head, and more than one life was cut short. Hip-hop continues to grow in popularity as artists continue to entertain and challenge listeners. American Hip-Hop gives a quick but comprehensive overview of the progression of hip-hop across the last six decades. Each chapter focuses on a particular period of development and the artists with the greatest contributions and ends with a list of must-have tracks from iconic artists, perfect for anyone looking to further explore the genre. A glossary of terms, mini-biographies, a succinct timeline of important milestones, and a more comprehensive list of recommended music finish this great resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761345008
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: American Music Milestones Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Busting Out of the Bronx 4

2 Old School to New School 14

3 The Golden Age of Hip-Hop 24

4 Bigger Business, Bigger Beefs 34

5 The MP3 Revolution 46

Glossary 56

Timeline 57

Mini Bios 58

Hip-Hop Must-Haves 59

Major Awards 60

Source Notes 61

Selected Bibliography 61

Further Reading, Websites, and Films 62

Index 63

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