Rap History

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The Beginning of Rap Music

Rap is a musical genre that began in the 1970s in New York City, in the poor neighborhoods. It is one of the pillars of hip-hop culture, which is also composed of graffiti, breakdancing, street culture and DJing.

The first known recorded rap is “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang, released in 1979. Since then, rap has become one of the most mainstream and popular music genres worldwide and has continued to develop, change, influence other styles and diversify over the years.


Rap was mainly influenced by funk and disco in the beginning, but other musical influences started to make themselves felt in this style, such as jazz, rock and reggae. Rap was greatly influenced by other styles because in the beginning it was often sampled, that is to say that one took an existing music to make something more modern, the genres of Rap such as the boom bap were based on this practice.

Rap was also influenced by the experiences of the rappers and those who listened to them, the politics and culture of the African-American community, most of these artists used their music to address social and political issues, as well as their social background, poverty, hardships and origins.


Over time, rap has become a mainstream genre, with many new artists becoming commercially successful and influencing other styles of popular music as a whole. We see more and more often the combination of a male or female singer who collaborates with a male or female rapper, which gives very varied and sometimes unexpected styles.

Rap is now one of the most listened to genres, popular and with artists coming from all over the world. Rap is becoming more and more commercial, quoting brands of cars, clothes etc. It often talks about money and the success of the rapper, whereas in the beginning of rap it was more about hardship and poverty.


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