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Hip-hop and rap genre: a cultural revolution

Daniel Magalit

October 9, 2014

Hip-hop and rap today is not the same as yesteryear’s. The differences in hip-hop today and hip-hop then, is most discernible in lyrical content, the production of sounds and possibly in the lack of understanding of the culture and its history.Hip-hop and its five elements are prominent in today’s m...

‘Ratchet’ is the new fad in rap music

Anthony Nathan

February 20, 2013

In 2001, Jay-Z’s album “The Blueprint” introduced me to a world of clever wordplay, catchy hooks and a sound that was reminiscent of the days of Al Green and The Jackson 5. I put hip-hop on the highest pedestal for years with room only for the best MC’s. Then something happened. Ratchet happened. ...

Auto-tune is bad for music

Chris Lopez

November 7, 2012

Auto-tune is an audio processor created in 1997 by Antares Audio Technologies used to alter pitch in audio and instrumental music recording by disguising off-key inaccuracies artists make. This audio processor has made it easier for artists to succeed in the music industry, but the use of auto-tune is ...

Shallow lyrics in rap illustrate a need to return to social outcries

Artie Valenzuela

September 28, 2011

Let's face it, the rap of today would get beat down by the rap of yesterday. Take a look at the starting roster for the veteran rappers: Tupac at point guard, Notorious B.I.G. at shooting guard, Kurtis Blow at shooting forward, LL Cool J at power forward and Afrika Bambaataa at center. Add the Wu-Tang Cl...

Lil’ Wayne on top of game with latest release

Jesse Charlton

September 5, 2011

Lil Wayne’s newest release, “Tha Carter IV,” comes at the listener quick. Being a hip-hop connoisseur is not necessary to appreciate his lyrics. “No music on, rock it a capella/And I don’t need a watch, the time is now or never." From lyric to lyric, he is the cleverest poet with word play. ...