Facts about Rap Music

By | April 10, 2021


Rap music is poetry along with groovy beats and attractive notes from bass guitar and keyboard / synthesizer. Often referred to as hip hop, rap music originated in the 1970s in New York City among black and Spanish artists.


The genre may have started on the East Coast (in New York City’s Bronx borough, specifically) in the 1970s, but the voices of gangsta rap (a subset of rap music) originated on the west coast in the 1990s. Gangsta rap began when the well-known rapper Ice Cube and his former group NWA (Niggaz With Attitude) used rap music to attack each other lyrically. When other rap groups broke away from the genre and started fighting with other artists through their lyrics, the genre ‘gangsta rap’ began to grow.

Artists associated with Gangsta Rap

This movement of gangsta rap spread, with West Coast artists lyrically attacking East Coast artists, and vice versa. The rap groups that were heavily involved in gangsta rap were Tupac (2Pac) Shakur from the West Coast and Biggie Smalls from the East Coast. 2Pac and Biggie were shot and killed in 1996 and 1997, respectively, and some say the East Coast-West Coast rivalry was responsible. Other, less violent blows have included Dr. Dre vs. Easy-E and Jay-Z vs. 50 Cent. These artists and other new artists began to represent their hometowns rather than their coast. Some examples are: 50 Cent and Eminem represented Detroit while Kanye West, Twista and R. Kelly represented Chicago.

Facts About Famous Rappers

Snoop Dogg’s mother gave him her nickname because his eyes reminded her of the character dog Snoopy from Charlie Brown. The first rap to popularize tattoos in the rap community was 2Pac. Before Biggie Smalls became famous, he and 2Pac were close friends. 2Pac would allow Biggie to rap with him on stage to help him get his career started.

Lyrical meaning

The lyrically inclined rappers are the ones who are similar and successful in business. The genre itself can get boring if the lyrics do not cut it because rap music can generally sound the same and use the same kind. Some have expressed hatred for the genre because they believe in the stereotype that only blacks can produce rap music and that it always expresses how they want to shoot cops and live for money, drugs and sex. argue that their music has a deeper meaning to it and is used to express their thoughts about their culture. Rap’s musical genre has existed since the 1970s, but has developed into one of the world’s most similar musical styles. Some rap artists have turned their poetic lyrics into careers and often live a millionaire lifestyle. Starting in the East Coast, the genre spread to the West Coast and developed another type of genre called gangsta rap.