Suge Knight: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Death Row Records

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Some day a few years ago, maybe it was a Tuesday, we all woke up, shook the artisanal fairy dust out of our hair, and decided that mainstream pop music was not as bad as we'd assumed all along, but was in fact good. In the last few years the music scene has exploded. It takes relatively little musical talent to be a rapper, compared to any other music genre. If nothing else, Paisley’s controversial track (and really, the whole of his exploratory album Wheelhouse, which encouraged listeners to venture outside their “Southern Comfort Zone”) suggested that the stalwart star was bored with the current subjects covered in country. “My voice is undeniably country, and I love country,” she told American Songwriter. “Do I love what it’s turned into?
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Hard-Core Rap: Parental Advisory: Mook Content

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The term has been defined by some to mean modern electronic music that is not necessarily designed for the dance-floor, but rather for home listening. Their vocal style was the quintessence of the "close-harmony" style of country music. VANSILK It’s not about hatin, I’m a Congraulator,. But even in this case, the typical hard rock artist will perform the ballad in a sonically aggressive way, often with a powerful chorus highlighted by electric guitars. What does the average 40 year old know about Jay Mcshan? [editors note: Jay Mcshan is a popular band leader from the 1940s who sung a popular song called Once Upon A Time’] CHUCK D-What does the average 40 year old, my age know about the Funk Brothers or what does the average 40 year old know about Chuck Jackson? (Laughing) This is some of the information that we need to get in the household, now the households aren’t even passing their information down.
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The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing

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When Moral Guardians are talking about the immorality of the Gangsta Rap genre, this is usually the type they have in mind. It is, in fact, a great irony that at the same time black youth are so prominently figured in the nation's war on drugs, the largest prison industrial complex build-up in history, and tightening welfare restrictions, they are equally prominent in the marketing of $100 athletic shoes, the corporatization of collegiate athletics, and the breaking of new trends to a robust youth consumer economy"(pp. 1-2).
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From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of

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He has a lot of songs about the Bosnian-War and about the situation in Bosnia now. Originally a random sample of one third of the 1,922 songs was selected to be analyzed (N ¼ 632). Design critic and indie pop musician Nick Currie compared Rockism to the art movement of Stuckism, which held (among other things) that artists who do not paint are not artists. -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockism [Apr 2005] Scorned and ridiculed as feather-lite, escapist pap when it emerged in the mid- seventies, and now reduced to a kitsch scenario of Afro wigs, polyester suits and drunken singalongs at office Christmas parties and bachelor weekends, disco is just about the last place anyone would look for avant garde practice. [...] --Peter Shapiro, The Wire Magazine, Feb 2003.
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How to Rhyme Vol 4: Metaphors, Similes and PUNCHLINES!

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Whereas many rappers were content to resort to hip hop caricature, Public Enemy introduced radical politics along groundbreaking sonic collages of sampled beats and white noise. Add "alternative" album sales to that figure and you have 156 million. One day, Fred Brathwaite, a graffiti artist himself, approached Quinones about painting murals for money. This kind of music seems to be popping up in TV commercials especially, while the radio seems to still play mostly formulaic hip-hop and pop.
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K+ THE BOOK

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Only 14% presented women as fully equal to men. In a longitudinal analysis of rap music production and lyrical content, Lena (2006, 488) finds that ‘‘starting in 1988 the largest record corporations charted substantially more ‘hardcore’ rap songs than did independent labels. The ‘70s also saw the advent of P-Funk, a musical genre built on BMI Icon George Clinton’s experimental sounds and thunderously prominent bass lines that revolutionized the entire musical world.
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Tank Sex Love and Pain

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World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. Usually having violent themes it publically doesn’t have the best perceived view and used to mislead and misinform a casual listener of music into thinking all rap is alike during the 90’s when it be came best known. Most people have never heard of a lot of progressive bands, yet they write some of the most varied and complex music possible. Many current rap records contain the “Parental Advisory Explicit Content” sticker because of the great amount of sexual imagery, misogyny, profanity, violence and drug use.
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Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop

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Slang and ungrammatical sentences are also used. Our theme this year is faith—fear not, only believe. Billboard had few ways to truly measure what albums were being sold in stores or played on the radio. In the early to mid 1970s, hip hop music (also known as "rap") grew out of funk and reggae (see below). While not without controversy and numerous critics, rap music has emerged as one of the most popular musical forms in the world. Branded "glo-fi" and "hypnagogic pop" early on, it's really just new age with a nostalgia fetish.
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A Good Day To Die

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Hip Hop Artist / Rapper Quotes: “That’s what I love from metal, and that’s what I love from hip-hop. The effect of these changes, and the way they were magnified by rap videos on MTV, has been to distort rap's true nature, said Los Angeles rap expert DJ Tech. When we walk, write, talk, read, breath and eat we do it to the same rhythm we have always felt and when that rhythm is interrupted we try to either adapt to the new beat or get back to the old one.
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"Vibe" History of Hip Hop

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Hip Hop Lead is a prestigious website and a go-to for the newest hip hop, rap and r&b entertainment: news, music, videos, mixtapes and many more. As shown in Figure 1, eight of the songs (40%) sampled were coded strictly for physical violence; none of the songs were coded for strictly rape/sexual assault; two songs (10%) were coded strictly for sexual conquest; and two songs (10%) were coded strictly for demeaning language. Rapping first gained popularity in the U.
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