The Evolution of Hip Hop

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Julio Ramos, Writer

Tupac, The Notorious Big, Nas. Three names that are commonly construed when referring to the music genre “hip-hop.”

Throughout the last 10-15 years, hip-hop has changed immensely. Some say for the worse, some say for the better. Regardless, it continues to be a top music choice around the world. Not only have beats taken a toll on a new generation of music, but more importantly, lyrics have changed drastically. Most fans of the “old school” music might say that hip-hop has been on a downward trend and that it will never be as good as it was “back in the day.” The common theme of today’s songs seems to focus solely on violence, money, women, and drugs.

For reasons unknown, today’s hip hop listeners enjoy this type of music. Maybe not for the message, but at least for the vibe it sends out to them. Most people do not take influence from this kind of music but continue to listen to it because it’s their preferred style. “Mumble rap” is a constantly brought up as a term when trying to describe the modern day hip-hop sound. What this signifies is an artist simply blurting out words because it sounds good but isn’t actual art. This is what separates the old school from the new school, the sound and production. Say all you want about today’s rap, but hip-hop artists nowadays are making more money and gaining more fame than ever.