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How Did Rap Music Start


Rap is one of the most popular, passionate and exciting genres of music. This art is characterized by its different and distinctive style, unlike other types of music and arts in general. If the word “rap” is mentioned in front of you, then it is likely that your imagination will be filled with loose clothes, dark-skinned people, and perhaps Tupac Shakur and Eminem. But the question here: Have You Thought About How This Type Of Art Began? What Are Its Most Important Schools And its Most Famous Figures?

The Beginnings Of Rap

In the beginning, you should know that rap is a hip-hop art, and the word rap is an abbreviation for “Rhythm and poetry”, meaning poetry and rhythm, and this is exactly what the “rapper” or artist does in this type of music. Rap depends on words, rhymes, and diction, which is why it is called spatting.

The real beginning of rap is in the 1970s when Jamaican singer Kool Herc introduced this new type of music to the Bronx in New York State. At first it was just a stick

and rapper, OMC as the rapper became famous after that. MC is an acronym for Master of Ceremonies, which means King of Parties. The delivery was random and there were no rhymes, so the rapper gave words of encouragement and the audience interacted with him in an enthusiastic atmosphere.

With the passage of time, rap became tight with rhymes and rhythm as it resonated and proved its worth commercially, when “The Sugarhill Gang’s” released “Rapper’s Delight” and “Kurtis Blow’s” released “The Breaks”, which became one of the most listened songs of that time. the time. The nineties came and the rap industry flourished with it. This art became widespread because of the topics it covered that touched everyone who heard it, and since then, the popularity of the art of rap is constantly increasing to this day.

The Most Popular Type Of rap

There are many types and styles of rap; The schools of rap and its methods exceed twenty schools. And because the article will not suffice to mention them all, we will mention the most famous and most influential of these methods:

Old School

The most famous and original school of hip-hop music; The old school started it all, hence the name. The artists of this school are distinguished by the power of words, rhymes, and their distinctive style, rather than relying on music and melody in general more than words, as the new school does, which we will come to mention in the following paragraphs.

With the appearance of the rapper Kool Herc on the scene, the old school that used to be limited to the poor neighborhoods started to spread more and more. Likewise, The Furious Five, who caused the spread of hip-hop culture from New York to the United States as a whole, because of their innovative method of manipulating words and meanings and presenting social problems in a way that affects everyone who listens to them.

There are many types of the same old school, but the most famous of them is Battle RAP, which is very similar to satire. In fact, it is just a satire charged with melody and enthusiasm. In which the “Rapper” insults one of his opponents in one way or another and urges him to respond to him. All this in a witty verbal battle full of excitement and suspense.

New School

In the mid-1980s, with the emergence of the group Run-D.M.C, the features of the new school began to take shape. The singers' clothes began to change little by little from the usual baggy clothes, and the band spread rap music heavily among a variety of audiences. The band benefited greatly from the growth of rap music in the American market.

new record company appeared on the scene at that time, Def Jam. That company was credited with bringing out three of the most important singers in the new movement, namely LL Cool J, who introduced romance to the world of rap, the Beastie Boys, who made rap more and more popular, and finally Public Enemy, which mixed rap music with political ideologies and construction. Awareness of society, which made that music more than just music.

Examples: LL Cool J, Marley Marl, Just ice, Drake


This wave began in the late eighties and early nineties. It is more prominent among the North Coast Rappers or East Coast Rappers. Bab's album is so named as an onomatopoeia or onomatopoeia of the sound of drums and musical instruments used by the singers. T La Rock was the first to use the term in 1984 to describe the shape of the beat in his song "It's Yours".

Pop Bab is characterized by its rising rhythm, and the discussion of songs of this kind on social issues and common issues among young people. For this reason, we find that Bab's album lyrics are not necessarily striking, but rather focus on the content.

Examples: Wu-Tang clan, Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G

Gangsta Rap

As indicated by the name, this genre is characterized by gangster style and imposing control. Gangsta rap became popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s as an additional genre of pop bab. Rapper Schoolly D, along with rapper Ice T, are among the first rappers in this genre. But gangsta rap did not attract that much attention until N.W.A appeared on the scene, and the most prominent members of that band, rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, who contributed to making this genre dominate and become the most heard and widespread at the time.

Examples: G-Funk, Eazy E, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg


As for our current era, dirt is dominant. Even in our Arab world, most rappers have become loyal to this new trend. Trap started out of Atlanta and was fronted by producers Metro Boomin and producer Zaytoven. The name is derived from the word used in that state, “TRAP,” which means “the place where drugs are sold.”

Since 2010, trap music has been dominant in the United States. And songs of this genre dominate the Billboard Hot 100 every year. It is mostly thanks to the catchy music that Trappers relies on more than the lyrics. The music stays in the head, and the rhythm is hard to get out

Examples: Drake, XXXTentacion, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane