A little help from Tech and I realized how dope this concept album actually is. He portrays the fictional character Kirk Jones, a felon just released from prison who is now struggling to come to terms with life outside jail. A pretty common concept in hip hop is the struggle of life, but Sticky Fingaz kills it.
There were also many notable appearances from Raekwon, Redman, Eminem, Canibus and others, thus earning Sticky Fingaz a prime spot on our countdown. Overall this is an awesome album with a concept that is wayy out there, and depending who you are this could top your own personal list of best concept albums. The album sold very poorly at first but then achieved much success. The album cover itself shows the underlying theme of the album as Ace is sitting on a car seat, a kind of mock on his own Sitting on Chrome.
Disposable arts could be considered some peoples all time hip hop concept album, but comes in at number three on our list. Kool Keith really outdid himself with this album. This was the first album released under his alias Dr. The album introduces the character of Dr. I'm in orbit around the third planet from the star called the sun.
You mean its the Earth? Stephen Stills put another winkle to this part of the session with a soft wah-wah solo on ' Season of the Witch ' Bob Dylan and fuzzy guitars on the Hendrix psychedelic sounded track, ' You Dont Love Me ' cobbs. The album contains some 'laid back' hard rock riffing tracks but it's ' Born To Be Wild ' that stands out, used, together with another track from the album ' The Pusher ', in the soundtrack of the biker film " Easy Rider " starring Peter Fonda , Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.
The rest of the record is more poppish psychedelic ones with my favourites, ' Most Anything You Want ' and ' Flowers and Beads ' a nice popsong. Iron Butterfly had been on tour with the Doors , the sound is sometimes like the Doors with Manzarek -like-organ. It's one of the milestones in the Heavy Rock history. Sorry to say, the production could have been better and Jimmy Page ' Beck's Bolero ' was written by him must have had this record in mind when he recorded Led Zeppelin's debut album the same year in October.
The mix of guitar and flute was rather new with great tracks including: ' Cat's Squirrel ' Robert Johnson with heavy guitarplay by Mick Abrahams , ' Serenade to a Cuckoo' a jazz one, ' Dharma for One ' a killer exept for the drumsolo half of the song and the bluesy hit ' A Song for Jeffrey '.
When Adolph Rickenbacker together with George Beauchamp and Paul Barth 'invented' the electric guitar, did they then know what they were doing? George Beauchamp together with Paul Barth had before that developed a working "pickup" out of two horseshoe magnets and six pole pieces. The guitar strings passed through the magnets with each pole located over each string and voila!
Around the 's, Les Paul put strings and pickup on a solid wooden block at almost the same time Leo Fender was experimenting with the solid body guitar. Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July Tuesday 28 July Wednesday 29 July Thursday 30 July Friday 31 July Saturday 1 August Hip hop had largely emerged as "a direct response to the watered down, Europeanised, disco music that permeated the airwaves".
This genre was called "disco rap". Ironically, the rise of hip hop music also played a role in the eventual decline in disco's popularity. The disco sound had a strong influence on early hip hop music.
The Sugarhill Gang used Chic 's " Good Times " as the foundation for their hit " Rapper's Delight ", generally considered to be the song that first popularized rap music in the United States and around the world.
Their styles differed from other hip hop musicians who focused on rapid-fire rhymes and more complex rhythmic schemes. In Washington, D. The DJ-based genre of electronic music behaved similarly, eventually evolving into underground styles known as house music in Chicago and techno in Detroit.
The s marked the diversification of hip hop as the genre developed more complex styles. Early examples of the diversification process can be heard in tracks such as Grandmaster Flash's " The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel " , a single consisting entirely of sampled tracks  as well as Afrika Bambaataa 's " Planet Rock " , and Warp 9 's " Nunk ,"  which signified the fusion of hip hop music with electro.
In the s, hip hop music typically used samples from funk and later, from disco. The mids marked a paradigm shift in the development of hip hop, with the introduction of samples from rock music , as demonstrated in the albums King of Rock and Licensed to Ill. Hip hop prior to this shift is characterized as old-school hip hop.
It was one of the earliest programmable drum machines, with which users could create their own rhythms rather than having to use preset patterns. Though it was a commercial failure, over the course of the decade the attracted a cult following among underground musicians for its affordability on the used market,  ease of use,  and idiosyncratic sounds, particularly its deep, "booming" bass drum. Over time sampling technology became more advanced. However, earlier producers such as Marley Marl used drum machines to construct their beats from small excerpts of other beats in synchronisation , in his case, triggering three Korg sampling-delay units through a Roland Later, samplers such as the E-mu SP allowed not only more memory but more flexibility for creative production.
This allowed the filtration and layering different hits, and with a possibility of re-sequencing them into a single piece. With the emergence of a new generation of samplers such as the AKAI S in the late s, producers did not have to create complex, time-consuming tape loops. Public Enemy 's first album was created with the help of large tape loops. The process of looping a break into a breakbeat now became more commonly done with a sampler, now doing the job which so far had been done manually by the DJs using turntables.
In , DJ Mark James, under the moniker "45 King", released "The Number", a breakbeat track created by synchronizing samplers and vinyl records. The lyrical content and other instrumental accompaniment of hip hop developed as well.
As well, the lyrics were performed over more complex, multi-layered instrumental accompaniment. Artists such as Melle Mel , Rakim , Chuck D , KRS-One and Warp 9 revolutionized hip hop by transforming it into a more mature art form, with sophisticated arrangements, often featuring "gorgeous textures and multiple layers"  The influential single " The Message " by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five is widely considered to be the pioneering force for conscious rap.
Independent record labels like Tommy Boy , Prism Records and Profile Records became successful in the early s, releasing records at a furious pace in response to the demand generated by local radio stations and club DJs.
Early s electro music and rap were catalysts that sparked the hip hop movement, led by artists such as Cybotron , Hashim , Afrika Bambaataa , Planet Patrol , Newcleus and Warp 9. Kurtis Blow 's appearance in a Sprite soda pop commercial  marked the first hip hop musician to do a commercial for a major product.
The songs " Rapture " by Blondie and " Christmas Wrapping " by the new wave band The Waitresses were among the first pop songs to utilize rap. In , Afrika Bambaataa introduced hip hop to an international audience with " Planet Rock. Prior to the s, hip hop music was largely confined within the context of the United States. However, during the s, it began its spread and became a part of the music scene in dozens of countries.
In the early part of the decade, B-boying became the first aspect of hip hop culture to reach Japan, Australia and South Africa. In South Africa, the breakdance crew Black Noise established the practice before beginning to rap later in the decade. Sidney is considered the father of French hip hop.
Radio Nova helped launch other French hip hop stars including Dee Nasty , whose album Paname City Rappin' along with compilations Rapattitude 1 and 2 contributed to a general awareness of hip hop in France. Hip hop has always kept a very close relationship with the Latino community in New York.
After the departure of "Ace" to begin his solo career, the group adopted the name of Cypress Hill named after a street running through a neighborhood nearby in South Los Angeles. Japanese hip hop is said to have begun when Hiroshi Fujiwara returned to Japan and started playing hip hop records in the early s. Hip hop became one of the most commercially viable mainstream music genres in Japan, and the line between it and pop music is frequently blurred.
The new school of hip hop was the second wave of hip hop music, originating in —84 with the early records of Run-D. As with the hip hop preceding it which subsequently became known as old school hip hop , the new school came predominantly from New York City.
In image as in song its artists projected a tough, cool, street b-boy attitude. These elements contrasted sharply with much of the previous funk- and disco-influenced hip hop groups, whose music was often characterized by novelty hits, live bands, synthesizers, and "party rhymes" not all artists prior to —84 had these styles.
New school artists made shorter songs that could more easily gain radio play, and they produced more cohesive LP albums than their old school counterparts. By , their releases began to establish the hip-hop album as a fixture of mainstream music. Hip hop music became commercially successful, as exemplified by the Beastie Boys ' album Licensed to Ill , which was the first rap album to hit No. Hip hop's "golden age" or "golden era" is a name given to a period in mainstream hip hop, produced between the mids and the mids,    which is characterized by its diversity, quality, innovation and influence.
The music was experimental and the sampling drew on eclectic sources. The golden age is noted for its innovation — a time "when it seemed that every new single reinvented the genre"  according to Rolling Stone. Referring to "hip-hop in its golden age",  Spin ' s editor-in-chief Sia Michel says, "there were so many important, groundbreaking albums coming out right about that time",  and MTV 's Sway Calloway adds: "The thing that made that era so great is that nothing was contrived.
Everything was still being discovered and everything was still innovative and new". Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop that reflects the violent lifestyles of inner-city American black youths. The genre was pioneered in the mids by rappers such as Schoolly D and Ice-T , and was popularized in the later part of the s by groups like N.
Schoolly D released " P. What Does It Mean? After the national attention and controversy that Ice-T and N. A created in the late s and early s, as well as the mainstreaming of G-funk in the mids, gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip hop. Some gangsta rappers were known for mixing the political and social commentary of political rap with the criminal elements and crime stories found in gangsta rap.
A is the group most frequently associated with the founding of gangsta rap. Their lyrics were more violent, openly confrontational, and shocking than those of established rap acts, featuring incessant profanity and, controversially, use of the word " nigga ". These lyrics were placed over rough, rock guitar-driven beats, contributing to the music's hard-edged feel. The first blockbuster gangsta rap album was N. A's Straight Outta Compton , released in Straight Outta Compton would establish West Coast hip hop as a vital genre, and establish Los Angeles as a legitimate rival to hip hop's long-time capital, New York City.
Straight Outta Compton sparked the first major controversy regarding hip hop lyrics when their song " Fuck tha Police " earned a letter from FBI Assistant Director, Milt Ahlerich, strongly expressing law enforcement 's resentment of the song. The song was intended to speak from the viewpoint of a criminal getting revenge on racist, brutal cops. Ice-T's rock song infuriated government officials, the National Rifle Association and various police advocacy groups.
Ice-T suggested that the furor over the song was an overreaction, telling journalist Chuck Philips " But I don't hear anybody complaining about that. But nobody wants a black man to write a record about a cop killer. The subject matter inherent in gangsta rap more generally has caused controversy.
The White House administrations of both George H. Bush and Bill Clinton criticized the genre. What started out as an underground art form has become a vehicle to expose a lot of critical issues that are not usually discussed in American politics. The problem here is that the White House and wanna-bes like Bill Clinton represent a political system that never intends to deal with inner city urban chaos," Sister Souljah told The Times.
A, gangsta rap is often viewed as a primarily West Coast phenomenon, despite the contributions of East Coast acts like Schoolly D and Boogie Down Productions in shaping the genre. In , Public Enemy 's Fear of a Black Planet was a significant success with music critics and consumers. Thompson of Time wrote that hip hop "has grown into the most exciting development in American pop music in more than a decade.
It was 10 years ago that the Sugarhill Gang 's " Rapper's Delight " became the first rap single to enter the national Top Who ever figured then that the music would even be around in , much less produce attractions that would command as much pop attention as Public Enemy and N. Occasional records—including Grandmaster Flash 's " The Message " in and Run-DMC 's " It's Like That " in —won critical approval, but rap, mostly, was dismissed as a passing fancy—too repetitious, too one dimensional.
Yet rap didn't go away, and an explosion of energy and imagination in the late s leaves rap today as arguably the most vital new street-oriented sound in pop since the birth of rock in the s.
In , while working with the hip house group Snap! MC Hammer became one of the most successful rappers of the early nineties and one of the first household names in the genre. The album raised rap music to a new level of popularity. It was the first hip-hop album certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over ten million.
It also reached number one in the UK, Australia among others and has been credited for helping diversify hip hop by introducing it to a mainstream audience. Dre released The Chronic. As well as helping to establish West Coast gangsta rap as more commercially viable than East Coast hip hop,  this album founded a style called G Funk , which soon came to dominate West Coast hip hop.
The style was further developed and popularized by Snoop Dogg 's album Doggystyle. However, hip hop was still met with resistance from black radio, including urban contemporary radio stations. Russell Simmons said in , "Black radio [stations] hated rap from the start and there's still a lot of resistance to it".
Despite the lack of support from some black radio stations, hip hop became a best-selling music genre in the mids and the top selling music genre by with 81 million CDs sold. Record labels based out of Atlanta , St. Louis , and New Orleans also gained fame for their local scenes. The midwest rap scene was also notable, with the fast vocal styles from artists such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony , Tech N9ne , and Twista. By the end of the decade, hip hop was an integral part of popular music, and many American pop songs had hip hop components.
The East Coast—West Coast hip hop rivalry was a feud from to between artists and fans of the East Coast hip hop and West Coast hip hop scenes in the United States, especially from to Although originally a "daisy age" conception stressing the positive aspects of life, darker material such as De La Soul's thought-provoking "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa" soon crept in. The success of albums such as Nas 's Illmatic and Notorious B.
The clan's base extended into further groups called "Wu-affiliates". Albums such as Nas's Illmatic , O. Life , and Jay-Z 's Reasonable Doubt are made up of beats from this pool of producers. The rivalry between the East Coast and the West Coast rappers eventually turned personal.
The mid to late s saw a generation of rappers such as the members of D. On the East Coast, although the "big business" end of the market dominated matters commercially the late s to early s saw a number of relatively successful East Coast indie labels such as Rawkus Records with whom Mos Def and Talib Kweli garnered success and later Def Jux.
Other acts such as the Hispanic Arsonists and slam poet turned MC Saul Williams met with differing degrees of success.
After N. The Chronic took West Coast rap in a new direction,  influenced strongly by P funk artists, melding smooth and easy funk beats with slowly-drawled lyrics. This came to be known as G-funk and dominated mainstream hip hop in the early-mid s through a roster of artists on Suge Knight 's Death Row Records , including Tupac Shakur , whose double disc album All Eyez on Me was a big hit with hit songs " Ambitionz az a Ridah " and " 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted "; [ citation needed ] and Snoop Doggy Dogg , whose Doggystyle included the top ten hits " What's My Name?
Detached from this scene were other artists such as Freestyle Fellowship and The Pharcyde , as well as more underground artists such as the Solesides collective DJ Shadow and Blackalicious amongst others , Jurassic 5 , Ugly Duckling , People Under The Stairs , Tha Alkaholiks , and earlier Souls of Mischief , who represented a return to hip hop's roots of sampling and well-planned rhyme schemes.
In the s, hip hop began to diversify with other regional styles emerging on the national scene. Southern rap became popular in the early s. Atlanta hip hop artists were key in further expanding rap music and bringing southern hip hop into the mainstream. Other distinctive regional sounds from St. Louis , Chicago, Washington D. During the golden age, elements of hip hop continued to be assimilated into other genres of popular music.
The first waves of rap rock , rapcore , and rap metal — respective fusions of hip hop and rock , hardcore punk , and heavy metal  — became popular among mainstream audiences at this time; Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Rage Against the Machine were among the most well-known bands in these fields. In Hawaii , bands such as Sudden Rush combined hip hop elements with the local language and political issues to form a style called na mele paleoleo.
However, the rise of Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs 's Bad Boy Records , propelled by the massive crossover success of Combs's ensemble album No Way Out , signaled a major stylistic change in gangsta rap and mainstream hip hop in general , as it would become even more commercially successful and popularly accepted.
Also achieving similar levels of success at this time were Master P and his No Limit label in New Orleans ; Master P built up a roster of artists the No Limit posse based out of New Orleans, and incorporated G funk and Miami bass influences in his music. G , and Juvenile. Although white rappers like the Beastie Boys , House of Pain , and 3rd Bass previously had some popular success or critical acceptance from the hip hop community, Eminem's success, beginning in with the platinum The Slim Shady LP ,  surprised many.
Korn , Limp Bizkit. Dre remained an important figure in this era, making his comeback in with the album Billboard charts. As his career progressed, he went from performing artist to entrepreneur, label president, head of a clothing line, club owner, and market consultant—along the way breaking Elvis Presley 's record for most number one albums on the Billboard magazine charts by a solo artist.
Alternative hip hop , which was introduced in the s and then declined, resurged in the early-mid s with the rejuvenated interest in indie music by the general public. The genre began to attain a place in the mainstream, due in part to the crossover success of artists such as OutKast , Kanye West , and Gnarls Barkley. Previously, alternative hip hop acts had attained much critical acclaim, but received relatively little exposure through radio and other media outlets; during this time, alternative hip hop artists such as The Roots , Dilated Peoples , Gnarls Barkley, Mos Def , and Aesop Rock   began to achieve significant recognition.
Glitch hop and wonky music evolved following the rise of trip hop , dubstep and intelligent dance music IDM. Both glitch hop and wonky music frequently reflect the experimental nature of IDM and the heavy bass featured in dubstep songs. While trip hop has been described as being a distinct British upper-middle class take on hip-hop, glitch-hop and wonky music have much more stylistic diversity.
Both genres are melting pots of influence. Glitch hop contains echoes of s pop music, Indian ragas , eclectic jazz and West Coast rap. Los Angeles, London, Glasgow and a number of other cities have become hot spots for these scenes, and underground scenes have developed across the world in smaller communities. Both genres often pay homage to older and more well established electronic music artists such as Radiohead , Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada as well as independent hip hop producers like J Dilla and Madlib.
Glitch hop is a fusion genre of hip hop and glitch music that originated in the early to mids in the United States and Europe. Musically, it is based on irregular, chaotic breakbeats , glitchy basslines and other typical sound effects used in glitch music, like skips. Glitch hop artists include Prefuse 73 , Dabrye and Flying Lotus. Wonky is a subgenre of hip hop that originated around , but most notably in the United States and United Kingdom, and among international artists of the Hyperdub music label, under the influence of glitch hop and dubstep.
Wonky music is of the same glitchy style as glitch hop, but it was specifically noted for its melodies, rich with "mid-range unstable synths". Scotland has become one of the most prominent wonky scenes, with artists like Hudson Mohawke and Rustie. Glitch hop and wonky are popular among a relatively smaller audience interested in alternative hip hop and electronic music especially dubstep ; neither glitch hop nor wonky have achieved mainstream popularity. Flying Lotus's music has earned multiple positive reviews on the independent music review site Pitchfork.
Hudson Mohawke is one of few glitch hop artists to play at major music festivals such as Sasquatch! Music Festival. Crunk is a regional hip hop genre that originated in Tennessee in the southern United States in the s, influenced by Miami bass.
One of the pioneers of crunk, Lil Jon , said that it was a fusion of hip hop, electro , and electronic dance music. The style was pioneered and commercialized by artists from Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta , Georgia , gaining considerable popularity in the mids via Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins.
Looped, stripped-down drum machine rhythms are usually used. The Roland TR and are among the most popular.Jan 01, · 50+ videos Play all Mix - REGGAE ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTAL - Back To The Roots YouTube REGGAE ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTAL - Home Sweet Home - Duration: HighSound Riddims , views.