Sep 29, 2014

Editorial: The Evolution of Hip-Hop

I've been thinking up this topic for awhile now, it's about time I touched base on it.

Everyone wants to be a critic but few really know what's going on sonically. As you may or may not know music is always changing, and that means Hip-Hop and R&B will as well. I'm noticing these impactful trends being set in the music. Sad thing people don't even realize the severity of the situation.

The thing that makes hip hop so diverse is that it's a different sound depending in where you go. If you are in the northeast hip-hop is the traditional boom bap 16 bars. Philly tends to have a faster paced higher pitched voice but the same. Down South it's more feel good. They have such an ear for production below the mason dixon line. Perhaps it's an exaggeration when they speak about how slow and less "lyrical" the music is. Out west hip-hop is different as well. Their stories behind their music are different especially those of artists from Compton, CA like Kendrick Lamar or even artists like YG

No other genre of music is this diverse. You listen to country, rock, pop music or jazz even it is the same sound no matter where you go. Hip-hop is not only diverse but it's changing. Production is more detailed. You can rap over everything where you can't necessarily sing or play instruments over other music. An example could be this new EDM trap music trending into hip hop. Artists like A$AP Rocky are incorporating this into their music like his song with high school classmate Skrillex, Wild For the Night. The cross genre mashup got popular in the 90s when you listen to combinations of hip-hop and R&B. I think this was made famous by Mary J. Blige and her early songs with the Notorious B.I.G

Rap could be anything. It can be love, hate, hurt, happiness, anything really. I'm really excited to see what new trends happen with the music. Just saying, stay woke y'all.

Your Editor,

Jonathan C. Ramsey
Jonathan C. Ramsey

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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