Written by Richard Stacey Published on Cloud Rap. Since the late '70s, hip-hop has spawned many subgenres. Here's an essential glossary to educate yourself. KRS One of Boogie Down Productions famously proclaimed "Rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live" and it remains a useful point to keep in mind. Hip-hop and most of its subgenres can be defined by where an artist is from and what their lifestyle is — as well as sound and subject matter. Be warned, there's explicit language from here on out! It released classic albums from the likes of Mos Def and Company Flow before committing the ultimate sin and selling themselves to Interscope. Hear it best in: Mos Def - Mathematics. Boom bap.
Old-school hip hop also spelled old skool is the earliest commercially recorded hip hop music. It typically refers to music created around to The release of The Message in by Duke Bootee who did nearly half the rapping and the rest by Melle Mel and Melle Mel, although released as by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, marked the arrival of hip hop as social commentary , making it possible for future artists like Public Enemy and N. A to create an identity based on socially conscious themes in later years. Old-school hip hop is noted for its relatively simple rapping techniques, compared to later hip hop music. Much of the subject matter of old-school hip hop centers around partying and having a good time. Battle rap was also a part of the old-school hip hop aesthetic. While discussing battle rapping, Esoteric said, "a lot of my stuff stems from old school hip-hop, braggadocio ethic". The release of Planet Rock in was a game-changer, like "a light being switched on.
Synonymous with rap, scratch music and graffiti art, the style encompasses the movements of break-dancing and body-popping, and has been internationally recognized since the 's. The 's saw the emergence of a new style of hip hop into rap videos, distinguished from original break dancing styles by its concentration on footwork as opposed to acrobatics. Hereafter, the emergence of house music saw hip hop re-invent itself again with a broader range of influences and freer expression. Old-school music had fast beats which matched the breaking moves. Hammer proved that a new way of dance was coming alive and young dancers were ready to explore this new form. New moves were and are continually being invented by creative and innovative versions and mixing of the Old School Styles.
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