Best of Hip-Hop and Rap Music 2017

Best of Hip-Hop and Rap Music 2017



Hip hop music, also called hip-hop[3][4] or rap music,[4][5][6] is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[4] It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[7][8][9] Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture.[10][11] The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music,[4][12] though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.[13][14]

Hip hop as both a musical genre and a culture was formed during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among African-American youth residing in the Bronx.[15] At block parties DJs played percussive breaks of popular songs using two turntables and a DJ mixer to be able to play breaks from two copies of the same record, alternating from one to the other and extending the "break".[16] Hip hop's early evolution occurred as sampling technology and drum machines became widely available and affordable. Turntablist techniques such as scratching and beatmatching developed along with the breaks and Jamaican toasting, a chanting vocal style, was used over the beats. Rapping developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks or chants along rhythmically with an instrumental or synthesized beat. Notable artists at this time include DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Fab Five Freddy, Marley Marl, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Warp 9, The Fat Boys, and Spoonie Gee. The Sugarhill Gang's 1979 song "Rapper's Delight" is widely regarded to be the first hip hop record to gain widespread popularity in the mainstream.[17] The 1980s marked the diversification of hip hop as the genre developed more complex styles.[18] Prior to the 1980s, hip hop music was largely confined within the United States. However, during the 1980s, it began to spread to music scenes in dozens of countries, many of which mixed hip hop with local styles to create new subgenres.

New school hip hop was the second wave of hip hop music, originating in 1983–84 with the early records of Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J. The Golden age hip hop period was an innovative period between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. Notable artists from this era include the Juice Crew, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions and KRS-One, EPMD, Slick Rick, Beastie Boys, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Ultramagnetic MCs, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest. Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop that often focuses on the violent lifestyles and impoverished conditions of inner-city African-American youth. Schoolly D, N.W.A, Ice-T, Ice Cube, and the Geto Boys are key founding artists, known for mixing the political and social commentary of political rap with the criminal elements and crime stories found in gangsta rap.[19] In the West Coast hip hop style, G-funk dominated mainstream hip hop for several years during the 1990s. East Coast hip hop in the early to mid 1990s was dominated by the Afrocentric jazz rap and alternative hip hop of the Native Tongues posse as well as the hardcore rap of artists such as Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, and Notorious B.I.G..

In the 1990s, hip hop began to diversify with other regional styles emerging, such as Southern rap and Atlanta hip hop. At the same time, hip hop continued to be assimilated into other genres of popular music, examples being Neo soul and nu metal. Hip hop became a best-selling pop music genre in the mid-1990s and the top selling music genre by 1999. The popularity of hip hop music continued through the 2000s, with hip hop influences also increasingly finding their way into mainstream pop. The United States also saw the success of regional styles such as crunk, a Southern genre that emphasized the beats and music more than the lyrics. Starting in 2005, sales of hip hop music in the United States began to severely wane. During the mid-2000s, alternative hip hop secured a place in the mainstream, due in part to the crossover success of artists such as OutKast and Kanye West.[20]

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The Golden Age
The Golden Age is the sixth official mixtape by American rapper Dizzy Wright.
The Booty Tape
The Booty Tape is the debut mixtape by American rapper Ugly God, released on August 4, 2017, by Asylum Records.
Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy
Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy is the upcoming second studio album by American hip hop collective ASAP Mob.
Running Wild
Running Wild is an album by musical artist Grieves, released on August 25, 2017.

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Chancellor Johnathan Bennett (born April 16, 1993), known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American recording artist, record producer, and philanthropist[3] from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.[4][5] In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap.[6] Apart from his solo career, he is also a member of the Chicago collective Save Money (along with frequent collaborator Vic Mensa). He has also worked as the lead vocalist for the band The Social Experiment; they released the widely lauded album Surf in May 2015.

In May 2016, Bennett released his third mixtape Coloring Book to further critical acclaim. It earned him three Grammy awards, including for Best Rap Album. Coloring Book became the first streaming-only album to ever receive, as well as win a Grammy nomination.[7] In July 2017, Bennett was nominated for an Emmy Award for his original song “Last Christmas” that was performed on Saturday Night Live. He shares the nomination with Kenan Thompson, Eli Brueggemann, and Will Stephen in the category for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.[8]

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What’s New On Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, And HBO: July 2017’s Top Shows And Movies
  –  August 22, 2017
Documentary lovers are also bound to be on cloud nine this evening; Netflix has recent titles like Bad Rap and Unacknowledged, and both tackle massively different topics – music and UFOs ... 7.7 Unacknowledged (2017): The best evidence for ...
Darren Espanto, Autotelic lead MCA Music nominees in Awit Awards 2017
  –  August 22, 2017
Teenage singing sensation Darren Espanto leads 13 artists of MCA Music with a total of 21 nominations for this ... Novelty Recording for “Taxi Driver”), and Stick Figgas (Best Rap/ HipHop Recording for “Mukha Ng Pera”). Created by The Philippine ...
KSU seniors unveil #HootyHoo music video
  –  August 22, 2017
A talented group of seniors test their creative limits with the production of the music video #HootyHoo, which displays school spirit in a rap-tastic way. The #HOOTYHOO | KSU Music Video, published to YouTube on Aug. 7, has received more than 24,000 views.
Rap Star Wala Why Presents New Age Music with Rise of Ra-EP on iTunes
  –  August 21, 2017
CHICAGO - Aug. 21, 2017 - PRLog-- Music has always been a voice of the ... for its ability to evoke in everyone a sense of belongingness or well-being. Music genres of hip-hop or rap have long been associated with being the voice of angst of the African ...
WWE SummerSlam 2017 results: Brock Lesnar retains belt in crazy main event
  –  August 21, 2017
Loaded with NYC rap references. It was neat. 7:43 p.m.: Wait, it's 2017 and shark cages in wrestling are a thing ... I'm never sure, to be honest), sounds like Baron Corbin has new music. It's actually pretty neat. 6:59 p.m.: That does it for the ...
3 must-visit upcoming music festivals in Georgia
  –  August 21, 2017
Held in Piedmont Park, the festival has four stages and variety of genres from rap to folk to indie. According to the Facebook page for Music Midtown 2017 over 31,000 people are interested in attending the event with 8,000 checked as going to it.
New Music Report - New Releases Week of August 21st
  –  August 20, 2017
In her next step to rebrand herself, the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival performer ... While other upcoming artists are venturing off into mumble or trap rap, East personifies the origins of rap music with his structured lyrics. The songs on Paranoia ...
Rapper Dremo to Join Coke Studio Africa 2017
  –  August 19, 2017
Davido Music Worldwide signed rapper, Dremo, from Nigeria is certainly one of Africa’s hottest and fast rising rap acts. Having delivered exciting ... make his Big Break on Coke Studio Africa – 2017. During Coke Studio recording in Nairobi, Dremo ...
Rap Radar's Jay-Z Interview Is A Content Win For TIDAL
  –  August 19, 2017
Jay-Z’s podcast with Rap Radar streams exclusively on TIDAL and the internet ... Two more aren’t fans of streaming music, haven’t figured out how to best use TIDAL and are still “playing around” with it but appreciate a free trial to see ...
Why Kendrick Lamar May Be The Greatest Rapper Alive In 2017
  –  August 19, 2017
Then he said it again in a Rolling Stone cover story last week, while discussing the touchy subject of ghostwriting in rap. “I called myself the best ... then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won't be there.” There’s no mincing words ...
"The Eminem of Christian Rap," NoahSoundz Set to Launch Debut Hip Hop Album on September 5th
  –  August 18, 2017
Brooklyn, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/18/2017 --Christian rap artist ... Humble and dedicated, Noahsoundz is on a mission to show the world that hip-hop music does not have to be bound to its cliches. This music can be clean, inspirational and a positive ...
Can Mozzy’s Sacramento Street Rap Translate Beyond the West Coast?
  –  August 18, 2017
In California, the songs are bouncier, and yet the rappers are far more intimidating; gangs have a real hold over the music ... 2017 freshman class magazine cover, featuring 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and a few other stars of the so-called “mumble rap ...
Bronx rap star hopes to make the big time
  –  August 18, 2017
Bronx rap star Snoopy Dinero hopes to make the big time. Gregory Rodriguez, more commonly known as Snoopy Dinero, is planning his rise to fame through his music. The Bronx native ... Donald Trump on August 15, 2017 in New York City. Mark Ruffalo joins ...
It’s the Ring Rap WWE SummerSlam 2017 Scorecard!
  –  August 18, 2017
Back by popular demand, it’s the WWE SummerSlam 2017 Scorecard ... video games, and music. You can contact him on Twitter @PsionStorm, or via email at

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