Who Invented Rap – how this style was invented in a first place?
Who Invented Rap : Rap is definitely one of the most popular music genres today. One of the biggest audiences that listen to this music is teenagers but also other generations enjoy it. Thus, who invented rap?
First, we should explain what the word ‘rap’ means. It is, in fact, quite an old term. In the 15th and the 16th centuries, the term ‘rap’ was already used in the United Kingdom. At that time, the word was used to say ‘to hit’ or ‘to strike’. A few centuries after that, ‘rap’ gained a new meaning – to talk or to speak. In the 1960s, the word ‘rap’ was introduced to the American society, where it first was used by African-American communities and meant to talk or to have a conversation.
The origins of rap can be traced back to Africa, where people would tell stories using rhythm and adding drums to it. In addition, people from the Caribbean also liked to tell stories rhythmically. These kinds of stories are considered to be the basis of the modern rap. In general words, rap is a music style, where a person chants or says lyrics rhythmically, accompanied by music.
In the 1970s, rapping started to gain more and more popularity in the United States. At first, it was considered to be a street art and was popular amongst African-American teenagers. In 1979, this genre of music started to get more attention from record producers when a record by Sugarhill Gang was released, called “Rapper’s Delight”. Seeing that it can become quite popular, record producers realized that rapping could become a new and successful music genre. Rap was given more attention and many new acts of this genre emerged, such as N.W.A. and Run-DMC. These artists began to gain quite a huge following, as well.
What is even more interesting is that not only African-American males were performing this genre, but also white artists and even female musicians, such as Salt-n-Peppa and the Beastie Boys. Many singles released by these musicians landed in the top of the charts, showing the growing popularity of rapping. In the beginning, rap songs were about simple topics, whereas in the 1990s, the lyrics became more complex and included more serious topics. During this time, many new rap stars emerged, such as Snoop Dogg, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac.
Also, at this time, one of the most popular rap stars became known, and try to guess who was he? Of course, Eminem. He became a worldwide phenomenon and his rapping style has been praised by many music critics. Even today, this music genre is still popular and the artists that became known for their rap records include Jay-Z, Ludacris and 50 Cent. Also, more and more record labels, which featured only rap artists, were created with the increasing popularity of this music genre.