When I changed into a child growing up in the 80s, my first introduction to hip hop changed into…Nicely I cannot don’t forget my very first, but I do bear in mind an assortment of styles, artists, music, and movies that changed into hip hop before I ever even knew what “hip hop” turned into.
This underground lifestyle for me commenced back in 1984 once I saw the films “Beat Street” and “Breakin”. At first hip hop turned into all about destroy dancing, and wearing the stuff I noticed smash dancers on TV sporting, maximum considerably the black spiked leather wrist bands, black leather gloves with half of the arms reduce off, and Puma or Adidas footwear. The shirts and pants were not crucial at the time because you see, I grew up inside the Bahamas and went to a non-public school which become the primary venue to explicit this new aspect called hip hop. And in a personal college, we needed to put on a uniform.
In the fifth grade, my pals and I formed a destroy dancing group, and we practiced, choreographed, and battled the alternative 5th grade’s team at lunch time or after school even as ready on our dad and mom to pick out us up.
We additionally rapped. Well some of us did, and I don’t forget phrase for phrase a rap that I wrote which changed into one verse lengthy, and a chunk of it (one line) become stolen from another rap track I heard. That’s how I observed out what “biting” changed into, and I turned into not too proud of myself after someone pointed it out to me. But hell, I became like nine years antique. The first rap I heard changed into from the movies I mentioned in advance, and the first live rap overall performance I saw was the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff lower back in ‘eighty four earlier than they have been famous.
As children, we have been totally enamored by this new hip hop lifestyle and we loved the whole lot about it.
Then hip hop started out to say no a bit, well as a minimum in my eyes, and in the eyes of many. RunDMC began to lose fame and LL Cool J become up and down. Gangster Rap changed into at the upward thrust, humans stopped destroy dancing. Hip Hop grew to become from amusing rhymes and dance to hardcore sex and violence, and the simplest way I had left to specific myself turned into through my apparel – the manner I dressed, and in many approaches, my buddies and I dressed like gangsters. It changed into all approximately Nike, hooded sweaters, jeans and footwear. Looking like a gangster, dressing like a gangster. What was going on to hip hop? It changed into changing. Now we realize it’s usually converting. The tune become precise, however it changed into specific. It defined our attitudes. Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh gave way to NWA who gave way to Dr Dre and Snoop Doggy Dog – The Chronic – smoking weed, sex, disrespecting women, and dope beats with tight lyrics – tight, explicit lyrics. I do not recollect cuss words within the early days of hip hop – now we can hardly repeat a line without saying f***, b****, s***, or n****. Jay Z, Puff Daddy and Biggie rose to stardom representing the East Coast. 2 Pac, Dr. Dre, Death Row, Snoop Doggy Dog within the West. Then the East Coast vs. West Coast contention which have to have led to the most important and best rap battle and dance off ever, as a substitute ended in the deaths of the 2 biggest rap stars ever.