The history of rap music


Rap music is a genre that has its roots in 1970s block parties in New York City. The 1980s saw the genre grow and change as it became more popular, but rap's popularity continued to increase through the 1990s. The early 2000s brought rap back to a mainstream audience, which led to new technology being developed for artists who use this type of music in their work—such as beats and rhymes, which are created using machines instead of human hands or mouths.

Rap music has its roots in 1970s block parties in New York.

Rap music has its roots in the African-American community, which was heavily impacted by the civil rights movement. The first rap artists were born out of block parties, where African-Americans could gather to celebrate their culture and express themselves through song lyrics.

The 1980s saw the genre grow and change.

The 1980s saw the genre grow and change. Hip-hop became more popular, with albums like Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) and N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton (1988) becoming hits on the Billboard charts. Rap music also became a political tool, with artists such as Public Enemy using their songs to challenge government policies and speak out against social injustice in America—a trend that continues today with artists like Kendrick Lamar, who has become one of hip-hop's most outspoken voices against police brutality across racial lines. Thanks to these developments over time, rap has become an outlet for personal expression as well: many rappers have used their art form as a way to express feelings they've had difficulty expressing before (such as misogyny), while others have used it as a way to express issues such as poverty or homelessness through song lyrics that aren't necessarily about those topics themselves but instead provide insight into them from someone who experienced them firsthand

Rap's popularity continued to increase through the 1990s.

Rap's popularity continued to increase through the 1990s. While it had been popular with white people since its inception, rap became increasingly popular with black people as well. Rap was also becoming more popular among younger audiences and older ones alike; this shift in demographics was due in part to increased access to media (especially cable television), which led many young people who didn't grow up with hip-hop culture to discover it on their own.

Rap also became more prevalent outside of urban areas: during this time period, artists like Eminem were releasing songs that appealed directly at suburban white audiences—and they worked! In fact, even today there are still plenty of successful songs being recorded by non-urban artists that could pass off as "rap" tracks if you weren't paying attention (e.g., Mariah Carey's "I Want To Make You Happy").

The early 2000s brought rap back to a mainstream audience.

The early 2000s was a time when hip hop was a dominant genre of music. It was also the first time that rap music had become popular with young people, and it became known for its innovation.

In the mid-1990s, rap music started to make waves by incorporating elements from other genres into its sound (e.g., reggae) or by being more lyrically focused than previous eras (e.g., The Notorious B.I.G.). As these changes took place, rappers began moving away from their roots—which were primarily about street life and violence—and instead focused on making “real” music that spoke about real life issues such as love, relationships and social justice issues within inner cities across America where many rappers grew up before moving out into larger cities like New York City or Los Angeles where they could find work after high school graduation; this migration led many artists into becoming entrepreneurs who ran labels based on their own creative visions rather than ones dictated by record labels looking for success at any cost; this gave rise to independent labels such as Loud Records which signed artists like Lil Wayne who became one of today's most successful rappers ever despite being born poor living near Detroit Michigan where he grew up poor enough times during childhood learning how tough life could be without having much money while still trying hard enough not only survive but thrive despite facing struggles every day just getting through each day without giving up hope!

Technology continues to shape the genre.

Rap music is now commonly used in advertising, video games, movies and television shows.

Rap has gone through several changes over the decades, but it is still very important to the African-American community.

Rap is a form of expression. It’s a way to tell your story and share your experiences with others. It's also an important part of learning about other cultures, history, and yourself. But most importantly: rap is fun!


The history of rap music is one that has gone through many changes. From its origins in New York City block parties to becoming part of popular culture, the genre has experienced many changes over time. But at its core, rap music continues to be a form of expression for millions of people across the world who enjoy listening to it as much as they enjoy rapping themselves!