Gangsta Rap by Benjamin ZephaniahSchool, what school?
My name is X-Ray-X
So be careful how you flex
I used to freestyle in me bedroom
But me daddy got me vex
The teacher kicked me out of the classroom
Now Im rapping in The Rex.
Ray has trouble at home and trouble at school. Its the last straw for everyone when Ray and his friends Prem and Tyrone are permanently suspended. But they know what they want, more than most, perhaps. Their headmaster decides to give them a second chance, a chance to live their dream of forming a rap group. Through a specialized social program, the boys are taught the business of the music industry, what it takes to record an album, and how to lay down a track. Within weeks they have become the Positive Negatives, and within a few months they have signed a record deal and are on their way to the top. But their dream soon becomes a nightmare as violence escalates around them. Suddenly, not only their careers but their very lives are at stake. The Positive Negatives are determined to prove that you dont need to be a gangster to be a great rapper.
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What Is Gangsta Rap?
To judge by their lyrics, gangsta rappers are adept at seeing off rivals with a bullet and their women with a slap. But America's rappers are now trapped in a corner they don't seem able to shoot their way out of, with either weapons or words. Confronted with haemorrhaging sales, the most assertive popular music movement since the Sex Pistols has lost its swagger and is suffering a crisis of confidence. This year rap and hip-hop sales are down 33 per cent, double the decline of the CD album market overall, which is under pressure from music download sites such as iTunes, where fans can buy individual songs. Sexual lyrics in pop music linked to under age sex.
Gangsta rap or gangster rap is a style of hip hop characterized by themes and lyrics that generally emphasize the " gangsta " , "O. G" and "Thug-Life" lifestyle. The genre evolved from hardcore rap into a distinct form, pioneered in the mids by rappers such as Ice-T and popularized in the later part of the s by groups like N. A attracted in the late s and early s, gangsta rap, while initially a highly underground and alternative form of hip hop, soon became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip hop. Many gangsta rap artists openly boast of their associations with various active street gangs as part of their artistic image, with the Crips and Bloods being the most commonly represented. The subject matter inherent in gangsta rap has caused a great deal of controversy.
Gangsta Rap Artists Highlights
G angsta rap is dead. In the early to mids, Knight was one of the most feared figures in the music industry. I remember being part of the Philadelphia media core that had an opportunity to interview him on one of his rare trips to the City of Brotherly Love. In the moments preceding what would be his fairly understated entrance into the room where we were interviewing him, you could smell the fear in the atmosphere. The local journalists had read the stories and heard the rumours.
Gangsta rap is a style of hip-hop that reflects the violent lifestyles of inner-city youth. Gangsta rap evolved from hardcore hip-hop in the early s. By the time rolled around, Ice T was making noise with his aggressive content. Hip-hop history buffs will recall that Ice T's "6 in the Morning" is also hugely influential as an early hardcore rap hit. Similarly, Schooly D played a pivotal part in advancing gangsta rap as an art form.
Imagine if Drake released his record-breaking album Scorpion in , the year Straight Outta Compton hit the airwaves. Hip Hop Music been soft lately. Lots of crying and apologizing. Rock is gonna take it back to the street for a lil while. Punch, president of TDE, is joking right?