Rap music has been around longer than we thought. In the arts everything is recycled (many times it is stolen and recycled). We’ve had a comeback of trendy flared pants, the return of muscle cars to the road, big-haired metal bands coming back at concerts, and neo-soul music that is … new soul music. Of course, many are aware that Hip hop culture and its music began in the boogie down Bronx in the 70s, but the style or drab delivery of the melody may have been a great parent even further back. Social movement groups such as The Last Poets, which released a Billboard Charting album in the 1970s, the rhythmic voice precedes the combination of lyrics over DJ breaks by offering a lyrical flow of poetry to the beat of ethnic drums and instrumentation. . The style that closely resembles the current Def Jam Poetry series or other earlier African-American poets is not far from the beat of rap. You can link traces of both to the oral tradition of the African griots.
Years ago, rap music was considered a fading fad like the children of the cabbage field. The genre of rap music has spread throughout the world and not only reaches, but affects and relates to all cultures. The stories of many countries are connected and deeply rooted in some influence of music, and the gap can be further closed.
Music is studied and broken down. Many composers and musicians learn to write music scores by dissecting, studying, and analyzing the music of other composers and musicians. Music theory is derived from the analysis of common practices of the time and genre of that music. The typical elements that are analyzed in music is its form, such as intros and cadences, harmonies, rhythm patterns, tempo changes, tonality or atonality and melody that are present in rap. JackDazey’s world renowned teacher tells the class that Rap is not music because it does not contain a melody. Certainly, rap is not musically dissonant like the likes of Pierre Schaeffer’s Mosque Concrète, whose genius attempt at groundbreaking music technology was hard to score on paper as traditional classical music, but it may look more like the expressionist era than that of the theorist. of music Arnold Schoenberg. Schoenberg’s Sprechstimme is singing in a restricted way to maintain a constant pitch as opposed to the melodic contour of ups and downs that most melodies would have when played or sung. An example of this would be in Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder or in later works by Pierrot Lunaire.
Rap can be described in the same way that Schoenberg did with Sprechstimme. However, rap has inflection in its speech. This is relative to some exotic scales where there is a micro tonality such as Burmese or Indonesian music. Today’s rappers like 50 cent and Ja Rule have a distinctive melodic flow. Groups like Bone Thugs and Harmony are actually harmonizing in their rap flow. Rappers like Nelly are practically on the verge of singing or sprechgesang-ing. Not to mention, everyone mentioned above has been nominated for a Grammy.
They always say “to know where you are going, you must know where you are from. Rap is the urban music of today. His techniques are deeply ingrained for more than 100 years in American music. History serves as a model that has been forged for us to learn. Does this mean that Germany is the birthplace of rap music? Not quite, although Schoenberg is Austrian, he is a well-known early American composer, but it ends the debate by ignorant historians or professors as to whether the rap fad is really musical. In a world where music is a huge part of everyone’s life, many cultures have been influenced by rap and incorporated it into their own native language and music. Profitable billions of dollars have been made from rap, not only is it protected as an enduring style of music, it is worthy of an honorary title that successful hip hop can now afford to buy into.
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