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Rap Controversy

Rap lyrics face much controversy in the society today and earlier years of rap. Rap lyrics are about the problems rappers have seen or faced, such as poverty, crime, violence, racism, poor living conditions, drugs, alcoholism, corruption, and prostitution. These are very serious problems that many of the rappers in the rap culture believe are being over looked and ignored by America.
The beat of rap music has listeners dancing and the words have them thinking. In rap the vocalist tells a story and the jockey or DJ provides the beat or rhythm. Scratching is well known in rap history it is where a DJ rapidly moves the record back and forth under the needle to create a scratch sound. The beat in rap can be anything from funk to heavy metal, and they put a lot of time and thought into them anything goes. The beat is important, but the most important thing in rap is the rapping the people want to here the lyrics. During every generation some old fashioned ill- humored people have become frightened by the sight of kids having a good time and have attacked the source of their pleasure. In the late 1950ís the target was rockíní roll. Some claimed that the new type of music encouraged wild behavior and unhealthy thoughts. Today rap faces the same controversy. Rappers donít just walk on stage and talk off the top of their heads.They write their songs, and they put a lot of time and thought into them.
Rap endured a lot of hostility from listeners many found the music to harsh and lacking in the traditional melody. However millions of others found an immediate connection with the style. It was poetry of the street, directly reflecting and addressing the day to day reality of the ghetto in a fashion not found in any other kind of music. The mid and late 1980ís saw rap continue to explode in popularity with the birth of superstars like LL Cool J and MC Hammer. Although most of the early rap originated in New York the music took hold as a national hit. The increase on electronic based beats lead to the popular term Hip-Hop.
Rap endured a lot of hostility from listeners many found the music to harsh and lacking in the traditional melody. However millions of others found an immediate connection with the style. It was poetry of the street, directly reflecting and addressing the day to day reality of the ghetto in a fashion not found in any other kind of music. The mid and late 1980ís saw rap continue to explode in popularity with the birth of superstars like LL Cool J and MC Hammer. Although most of the early rap originated in New York the music took hold as a national hit. The increase on electronic based beats lead to the popular term Hip-Hop.
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