Scientists Hail Hip Hop A Musical Pinnacle
It’s 3am and I’m sat in a McDonald’s drive thru on perhaps what must be the seediest food escapade ever, I have to be up at 8am to start work at 9am, when LBC starts playing an NWA song (I know right!?). I have no idea who was presenting the show but it was part of a debate surrounding a recent study that revealed Hip Hop in 1991 being hailed as the musical pinnacle.
The first caller, some old guy from Ipswich attempted to refute the study, as per that generation of folks who were out of touch with subcultural and emerging musical trends if it wasn’t featured on mainstream radio or TV, saying “I doubt people will be listening to rap music in 20 years time.” I was speaking all sorts of expletives into the radio whilst in the drive thru and on the way home because this old geezer had no idea…
Was Hip Hop in 1991 the most influential musical revolution we’ve ever known?
I’d say yes, without considering the intricacies of the research and analysis, because it’s blatant to see how influential Hip Hop culture has been on all areas and aspects of Popular culture since it’s inception.
Rap musicians and artists express themselves in a unique way that other genres just can’t do. Whether it be the fashion, art, philosophy, it’s conversational method to convey a message of conveying stories are similar to a pastor conducting a service or a lecturer educating the world. All cassette tapes, vinyl, music videos and CDs gave you an insight into what was happening in these impoverished communities where these folks were faced with some adverse conditions. It was raw expression that people could relate to and it was also a means to educate young minds. Hip Hop to me is life, the five elements form the foundations of all things I do.
Hip Hop changed the world for the better, corporations constantly attempt to pollute and dilute the culture.
Read my thesis on Popular Culture here, If you would like to read more about this research click here.