If you’re like most people, you probably think of hip hop and folk as two completely different genres. The first few strains of a typical song do suggest a world of difference: one is beat-driven and assertive, while the other is slow and pensive. It’s hard to imagine Johnny Cash taking on a 50-Cent attitude or vice versa. But the two styles have a lot more in common than their respective sounds suggest.

Folk and hip hop are tied together by their focus on community. Both forms evolved from people wanting to identify themselves as a group, whether ethnic, social, political, or artistic. The earliest folk and hip hop songs were about the artist’s love for his own kind. They both trace their roots to everyday people airing out their thoughts about life, work, and society—and have since branched out extensively to cover every theme under the sun. Whatever’s in your head, there’s a hip hop or folk singer somewhere singing about it. It’s a testament to the universal power of music to bring people together.

To be sure, both are still separate types of music, but they share a surprising array of sentiments. For example, hip hop is generally thought to have started some 50 years ago in the African and Hispanic communities of New York, particularly the Bronx. It was a way to express one’s thoughts on cultural issues, such as racism and discrimination. Folk singers, on the other hand, wrote pieces about labour, poverty, and the struggle to keep families together. Religion and immigrant life are also common themes, especially in hip hop outside North America. These are issues that are closely linked in history; they happened to evolve and thrive in different geographical areas, but their roots are essentially the same.

With the Internet helping the spread of music along, it’s become easier to mix musical styles—and it didn’t take very long for folk and hip hop to find each other. From local acts to big international names, hip hop artists are incorporating folk elements into their music, and folk singers are teaming up with rappers to expand their repertoire. The results range from awkward to mediocre to unique and exceptional—and as is often the case in music, some like it and some do not. One thing’s for sure, though: when you listen to these songs, it’s easier to see how two seemingly separate communities can be brought together by a common desire for expression.

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The words to most hip hop songs tend to strike listeners as shallow. Today’s musicians rap about the life of the rich and famous, with women, jewelry, and luxury cars coming up every other line. But before it came to that, writing hip hop lyrics was actually an art that required skill, coordination, and of course, a way with words.

If you’ve hung around hip hop circles, you may have heard artists talk about flow. It’s an important part of hip hop writing. Flow refers to the way words are sung or rapped in relation to the rhythm; a good hip hop flow has the two elements in perfect unison. Some of the most memorable hip hop songs feature well-timed poetry and precise timing, with key words falling on all the right notes. It’s subtle, but it does a lot more for the music than it’s often given credit for.

One way to get your flow right is to listen to other hip hop songs, and note how the drum sequence matches the words and vice versa. Many writers come up with the words first and then try them out on different beats. The more songs you listen to, the more you’ll get a feel of what beat works with which words, taking into account the meaning and mood you have in mind. Be careful not to copy flows from existing songs; the mistake is easy enough for new writers to make, but it can be a costly one.

Rhyme is also essential to hip hop writing, as songs over the decades have demonstrated. Although it’s not necessary—many popular rappers have made hits with far-from-perfect rhyming—it helps pull the piece together and allows for better flow. Your rhyme scheme can remain the same throughout the song or change as it progresses, but if you choose the latter, try to use no more than three patterns in one track. Too many melodies is as hard to write as it is to listen to.

Finally, you need to stick to a theme. We’re talking between songs, not between lines. You don’t have to write about the exact same thing every time, but your collection does need some coherence. For example, a group of poems about change, friendship, and identity struggles can fit under the theme of young adulthood. The most reliable trick is to bank on your own experiences. If you write honestly about what’s on your mind, your songs will come together on their own.

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Hip hop music goes far beyond the boundaries of its native New York, or even of North America. Anyone who traces the story of the genre around the world is fascinated by the range of styles it encompasses, or the social and political meaning it holds for its followers. In Greece, a particular flavor of hip hop has evolved from the signature style of one group into an entire culture that with its own brand of fashion, movies, and even literature.

“Low Bap,” as the music is called, is characterized in large part by a relatively slow tempo and lyrical focus. The rap isn’t as fast and the beats aren’t as strong, and there is more focus on the words to the song than to its melody. Like many of its global counterparts, its words offer perspectives on politics and society, with hints of existential thinking in many popular pieces. The group Active Member, which rose to popularity in the 1990s, is credited with popularizing the style, although it had been around for decades before. Today, Low Bap bookstores, concerts, shows, and festivals have sprung up alongside the music.

The name itself doesn’t mean anything; it was coined by Active Member to refer to its own brand of hip hop. However, it has come to represent the specific views of the Low Bap movement, which is to practice what you preach and vice versa. The groups that have followed Active Member don’t necessarily follow the so-called Low Bap Manifesto, although many do, but their main characteristic is still their “mellow rap” style.

Many followers of Low Bap differentiate it from hip hop itself, although strictly speaking, the music fits into the genre. It does hold a much larger influence on Greek culture than American hip hop does in North America; one important reason is that Active Member has become deeply involved in the community and encourages youth to participate in its endeavors. It also has a stronger “music as a way of life” approach; as a case in point, hip hop bookstores are relatively scarce in the U.S., whereas they are the norm in Greece.

Because of its focus on youth and community activities, Active Member has largely dissociated itself from groups that have sprung up from its influence, although they continue to make music. Nonetheless, they have started a movement that has touched young and old fans alike, and made themselves an indelible part of Greek culture.

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As a genre and culture, hip hop runs a lot deeper than most people give it credit for. It has its roots in class struggle and repression in the 1970s, is used for political expression in many countries, and lends itself to a remarkable array of music styles. Even hip hop hair has its history: it has seen 30 years of evolution, faithful to the times yet always reliably edgy. Proud, playful, and at times even conservative, hip hop hairstyles always make their mark even on non-fans.

Not surprisingly, African influences abound in hip hop styles, especially in North America. Men tend to have low, tapered cuts, Mohawks, rat tails, and other elements designed to warrant a second look. Those with low cuts often have logos or designs shaved onto the scalp—this usually requires a skilled barber as the design involves some precise handiwork. As men’s hairstyles go, this is arguably among the most high-maintenance.

Another popular style in hip hop circles is the faux Mohawk. It’s a little more toned down than the original Mohawk, which nowadays is more associated with punk rock culture. The sides of the head aren’t completely shaven, but cut noticeably lower than the middle strip. Others choose to add a rat tail, or a strip of uncut hair starting from the back of the neck. Surprisingly, this is also quite hard to maintain: if not regularly groomed, it can look scruffy and out of place.

Women’s hairstyles are a lot more varied. There are hip hop hairstyles for almost every hair type, length, and color. The most recent trend is the asymmetrical angled bob, where the hair is cut short but a little longer on one side. The difference can be as subtle or severe as you wish. Curly hair can either be pinned down or allowed to flow freely, but usually kept short. Cuts are best kept even as slants don’t show as drastically in curls.

For a bit of nostalgia, many hip hop fans now sport afros, which was one of the first markers of hip hop culture. If you have naturally kinky hair or fine curls, this look will be easier to pull off, but there are ways to make it work on other hairstyles. Like the rat tail, it also calls for a bit of maintenance, such as avoiding split ends (they make the strands droop) and applying volumizer to help the hair hold its shape.

Whatever you choose, you want to choose a cut that works with your lifestyle—avoid the high-maintenance ones if you like to stay active, or go for them if looks are a priority. More importantly, choose one that reflects your tastes—after all, hip hop is all about freedom of expression!

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Two heads aren’t always better than one, but in music, it’s proven to be a winning formula. Some of the world’s best material has come from teams of two: think Tears for Fears, The White Stripes, Simon and Garfunkel. The same is true in hip hop, a genre that lends itself extremely well to variety in vocal and instrumental styles. Here’s a list of two-man acts that have made great contributions to hip hop—and why they’re worth listening to.

OutKast: Some say that if you listen to only one hip hop group, it should be the unstoppable team of Big Boi and Andre 3000. Their catchy rhymes were no doubt part of their charm, but what cemented their place in hip hop is the fact that they didn’t glorify the infamous hip hop lifestyle: it was more about the music, with more quotable lines than probably any other group, than it was about the bling.

Gang Starr: Guru and DJ Premier released six albums, each one a commercial success. DJ Premier is largely hailed as the greatest hip-hop producer of all time, and the late Guru is known for his impressive monotone rap. There are rumors of a posthumous album released in 2012—that’s certainly worth watching out for!

Eric B and Rakim: Guru’s monotone flow is rivaled only by that of Rakim, who together with partner Eric B produced some of hip hop’s greatest classics. Their material stood for itself; unlike so many hip hop acts today, they didn’t need the pretentious thug-gangster attitude to grab and hold on to fans. Older fans often name the duo as the group that fueled their love for the genre.

EPMD: Even if you’ve never laid eyes on one of their albums, chances are you’ve heard bits of their music elsewhere: EPMD’s music is one of the most widely sampled in rap. Their material ranges from catchy rock-influenced pieces to emotional songs, appealing to a wide range of listeners. They broke up in the mid-90s, but came back together in 2006 and are again producing memorable tracks.

UGK: Formed in Texas, this group is one of the first southern-rap acts to gain relative popularity. Much of their success is attributed to Pimp C’s expert production skills, which belied his Southern roots while maintaining a distinct country feel. Bub B provided the rhyme and rhetoric, an element that would make them one of the most quoted groups of their time.

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Like any other music culture, hip hop is largely represented by a select few icons. Unfortunately for the genre, it has come to be associated with shallow, commercial acts that are more about the image than the music. In North America, loose pants and flashy jewelry tend to dominate people’s opinion of hip hop. Elsewhere, however, hip hop hasn’t strayed too far from its cultural and political roots, and in fact has grown closer to them.

These “other” hip hop cultures are the subject of Global Noise, a collection of essays edited by Professor Tony Mitchell at the University of Technology Sydney. The book offers a peek into the hip-hop cultures in Asia, Europe, Canada, and Australia, showing us how the genre has fit into the political issues, social concerns, and languages of different communities. Experts have called it a “benchmark collection,” hailing it as an important contribution to pop cultural studies.

The book follows the development and spread of hip hop in the most unlikely of places. Essays touch on Islamic rap in France and England, the struggle of white Australians to form their own hip hop community, the profound poetry of Italian hip hop writers, the geopolitical rants of one Chinese rapper, the unique blend of traditional Maori music with New Zealand hip hop, and Germans rapping about the life of second-generation immigrants. Its spans vast geographic areas, but the roots of the culture are remarkably similar.

Dr. Mitchell encourages readers to recognize how hip hop around the world has been used for various social and political ends. For example, it has proven to be especially powerful in expressing resistance and opposition, and helping minorities feel a sense of identity and belonging. And while in the U.S. the genre has lost much of its depth and become associated with a decadent lifestyle, around the world it appeals to people of all races, ages, and social classes.

One does not have to be fan of the music itself, or even to know much about it, to appreciate how a seemingly superficial genre can be closely tied to so many cultures. If anything, it takes us back to the beginning of the genre itself, which took place in oppressed Hispanic and African communities in the Bronx in the 1970s. Whether you’re an aficionado or an onlooker wanting to gain a better appreciation of the music, this book is certainly worth a read.

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From time to time I have heard this argument over and over again. The argument that I have heard is people arguing about what is Hip Hop. Some may say it’s a genre of music and other say it’s a culture. I say Hip Hop is both and more. There is a reason why I come to this conclusion, and that reason is a word in the English language may have two or more completely different meanings.

An example of this is the word Republican. If you ask most people “What is a Republican?” most will say someone who is in or supports the Republican Party. If you ask others a few will say someone who believes in a Republic form of government. Is one group wrong and the other right, the answer is no. It is both of these definitions, well it is the same thing with the respects to Hip Hop. It has many meanings.

For some Hip Hop is a culture, for others Hip Hop is any music with a rapper, and another group may see Hip Hop as a rap song with a positive message. It is every thing that is stated above, every single thing and more. I think it is counter productive to have an argument about what is Hip Hop. Hip Hop means different things to many people. There is no one meaning that is the absolute meaning of Hip Hop. The questions we should ask is, not what is Hip Hop but what Hip Hop is not.

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This article will tell you more about how to make your own rap tune using Hip Hop Music Beats and how you can get started easily. Unless you are a professional music producer with lots of expensive equipment it can be quite hard to get started making your own hip hop beats.

Well there is a way around this and all you need to do is find some good royalty free Hip Hop Music Beats and then all you need is a good rap artist and this is normally yourself if you are making the rap tune! As long as you make sure that you get royalty free beats which basically means that there is no rights on the music so you can use them freely and if you do make a good tune and want to take it to a producer you can still use these Hip Hop Music Beats as long as they are royalty free.

Another thing to make sure is that you get good quality hip hop beats and make sure that any website that offers to sell you them has a free preview because if you don’t get a free preview then you might be downloading some low quality sounds and this will not be a good idea as your tune will just sound bad if the hip hop beats are low quality.

Also make sure that you get a wide range of hip hop beats as if you think about any rap artist there albums are just not all one type of rap sometimes they go slow and more love songs and sometimes you want hard gangster rap.

If you take note of the above when you are looking for Hip Hop Music Beats you can’t go wrong as you will get to preview the samples before you use them in your rap tunes!

If you also make sure that any package comes with a compete guarantee then this can help out as you have nothing to lose!

I hope this article has told you more about Hip Hop Music Beats and what you should look for in any package before you get started.

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Recently I’ve been hearing some bad things from artists who download hip hop beats online. I myself have even been a victim to a scam.

So what is the deal?

Well recently there have been a lot of reports of people stealing hip hop beats from producers and selling them on their own web page. In some instances, these “crooks” download hip hop beats that are “free downloads” from the producer’s page, and make profit from them. In other cases, the beats are purchased from the producer and re-sold on another web page.

I myself, as a producer, have been the victim of this scam. I was notified by another artist who had seen one of my beats for sale on another producer’s web page. This thief was selling one of my beats, and about 50 other stolen beats on his own page.

So what can you do to protect yourself from buying stolen hip hop beats? Here are a few tips:

1. Analyze the producer’s page. Is it professional looking? Does it have contact information including a telephone number and email address? These things can say a lot about the legitimacy of a producer and rule out scammers.

2. Before you download hip hop beats or make any purchases, contact the producer. Call or email him/her and ask them questions regarding their terms of agreement and licensing information. If they do not offer any licensing contracts upon purchase, you should be skeptical of doing any business with them.

3. If you are still skeptical about buying from amateur web pages, look to other more professional production companies to download hip hop beats from. Find a production company who is a registered business and has a good reputation.

Now that you are aware of this growing scam you will be better prepared to make safer, more secure purchases when you download hip hop beats online.

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Hip-hop jewelry has gone through a tremendous increase in popularity over the last few years, so much as it is diffecult to realize that the phrase hip hop originated from the blacks music scene rather than from the fashion or jewelry indusrty.

 

Hip Hop Iced out jewelry is distinctive in its extravagant use of diamonds and Gold, and hip hop jewelry is sometimes referred to as bling bling jewelry or even Iced out jewelry. Its one distinctive feature is the impression of sheer extravagance and success that emanates from the ‘iced up’ appearance of diamond encrusted pieces, and the sparkle and sheer lavishness of it.

 

The reason that hip hop jewelry or bling jewelry has become so popular in recent years is as a direct result of the many well known celebrities that have adorned themselves with this hip hop jewelry, most of whom come from either the rap music. Some of the most well-known hip-hop and rap musicians or celebrities are 50 Cent and Eminem, both of whom are instantly recognizable if for no other reason than the fact that they are adorned in a tremendous amount of large, chunky jewelry which takes on the appearance of being encrusted with a wealth of diamonds.

 

Children and young people are always keen to emulate the styles and fashions of their idols, particularly from the world of music. With hip-hop and rap musicians helping to celebrate the bling style of jewelry, many children and young people are keen to emulate this style and fashion. Of course it isn’t that cheap to be able to replicate the style of a pop star, when a pop star can afford contemporary or bling jewelry costing many thousands of dollars.

 

However, the fashion industry has responded by being able to produce a wide range of hip hop jewelry and bling jewelry at a nominal range of prices that involve smaller and fewer diamonds and other stones. This has resulted in the enormous range of fashionable jewelry items for young people that are extremely affordable. For those who can afford more elitist jewelry, then there are plenty of bling bling jewelry items and accessories available which are every bit as expensive as they seem.

 

Some of the most popular hip hop jewelry items include rings, necklaces and bracelets. Typically many of these items are referred to as iced out, which effectively means that the jewelry is designed to give the impression of many dozens or even hundreds of very small diamonds paving large sections of the jewelry. At the top end of the hip-hop jewelry market these diamonds become increasingly larger, and as prices drop they become smaller, but more numerous. That is because a single two carat diamond is far more valuable than twenty small diamonds of .1 carat each.

 

The main appeal of bling Fashion and hip-hop jewelry is the fact that it gives a very clear, distinctive and unmissable message to anyone who happens to see, or even glance at, the individual wearing the items. No one can fail to notice somebody who is wearing such jewelry. Many of the rap and hip-hop celebrities, such as P. Diddy or Sean Combs wear such amount of hip hop jewelry that it would be hard to imagine how they could adorn themselves with any more, and many young people are keen to achieve the same effect, whilst not spending vast amounts of money.

 

It really does seem today that there is hardly a square inch of the body that cannot be adorned by an item of hip hop jewelry. From earrings and nose studs, to bracelets and rings, from watches to necklaces and even to teeth! Some celebrities have either had their teeth permanently decorated, or wear a highly fashionable tooth cap which can be slid over the tooth covering it in bling.

 

Ordinary people are able to emulate their idols by purchasing real diamond hip hop jewelry at discount or cheap prices online if they are lucky enough to come across the right hip hop fashion websites. Otherwise the price of a diamond encrusted watch can be prohibitive to young people who do not have the spending power of those they want to be like.

 

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