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Hip hop music, also called hip-hop[3][4] or rap music,[4][5][6] is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.[4] It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing.[7][8][9] Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture.[10][11] The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music,[4][12] though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.[13][14]

Hip hop as both a musical genre and a culture was formed during the 1970s when block parties became increasingly popular in New York City, particularly among African-American, often Muslim youth residing in the Bronx.[15] At block parties DJs played percussive breaks of popular songs using two turntables and a DJ mixer to be able to play breaks from two copies of the same record, alternating from one to the other and extending the "break".[16] Hip hop's early evolution occurred as sampling technology and drum machines became widely available and affordable. Turntablist techniques such as scratching and beatmatching developed along with the breaks and Jamaican toasting, a chanting vocal style, was used over the beats. Rapping developed as a vocal style in which the artist speaks or chants along rhythmically with an instrumental or synthesized beat. Notable artists at this time include DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Fab Five Freddy, Marley Marl, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Warp 9, The Fat Boys, and Spoonie Gee. The Sugarhill Gang's 1979 song "Rapper's Delight" is widely regarded to be the first hip hop record to gain widespread popularity in the mainstream.[17] The 1980s marked the diversification of hip hop as the genre developed more complex styles.[18] Prior to the 1980s, hip hop music was largely confined within the United States. However, during the 1980s, it began to spread to music scenes in dozens of countries, many of which mixed hip hop with local styles to create new subgenres.

New school hip hop was the second wave of hip hop music, originating in 1983–84 with the early records of Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J. The Golden age hip hop period was an innovative period between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. Notable artists from this era include the Juice Crew, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions and KRS-One, EPMD, Slick Rick, Beastie Boys, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Ultramagnetic MCs, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest. Gangsta rap is a subgenre of hip hop that often focuses on the violent lifestyles and impoverished conditions of inner-city African-American youth. Schoolly D, N.W.A, Ice-T, Ice Cube, and the Geto Boys are key founding artists, known for mixing the political and social commentary of political rap with the criminal elements and crime stories found in gangsta rap.[19] In the West Coast hip hop style, G-funk dominated mainstream hip hop for several years during the 1990s with artists such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. East Coast hip hop in the early to mid 1990s was dominated by the Afrocentric jazz rap and alternative hip hop of the Native Tongues posse as well as the hardcore rap of artists such as Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, and Onyx. East Coast hip hop also had gangsta rap musicians such as the Notorious B.I.G. and Lil' Kim.

In the 1990s, hip hop began to diversify with other regional styles emerging, such as Southern rap and Atlanta hip hop. At the same time, hip hop continued to be assimilated into other genres of popular music, examples being neo soul (e.g.: Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu) and nu metal (e.g.: Korn, Limp Bizkit). Hip hop became a best-selling genre in the mid-1990s and the top selling music genre by 1999. The popularity of hip hop music continued through the 2000s, with hip hop influences also increasingly finding their way into mainstream pop. The United States also saw the success of regional styles such as crunk (e.g.: Lil Jon & the East Side Boys, the Ying Yang Twins), a Southern genre that emphasized the beats and music more than the lyrics. Starting in 2005, sales of hip hop music in the United States began to severely wane. During the mid-2000s, alternative hip hop secured a place in the mainstream, due in part to the crossover success of artists such as OutKast and Kanye West.[20] During the late 2000s and early 2010s, rappers such as Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and B.o.B were the most popular rappers. During the 2010s, rappers such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar all have been extremely popular. Trap, a subgenre of hip hop, also has been popular during the 2010s with hip hop artists and hip hop music groups such as Migos, Travis Scott, and Kodak Black.

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Belcalis Almanzar[1] (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American hip hop recording artist, as well as a television and social media personality. Born and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City, she first embarked in a career as a stripper and began to receive public attention as she built a large Internet following; coupled with her "no filter attitude",[2][3] she became an Internet celebrity through Instagram.[4][5] In 2015, she became a regular cast member of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York. In February 2017, she signed her first major label record deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut single for Atlantic, titled "Bodak Yellow", reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[6] with the New York Times calling it "the rap anthem of the summer".[7]

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Chancelor Jonathan Bennett (born April 16, 1993), known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, philanthropist, record producer and actor from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. Apart from his solo career, he is a member of the Chicago collective Save Money (along with frequent collaborator Vic Mensa). He has worked as the lead vocalist for the band The Social Experiment; they released the album Surf in May 2015.

In May 2016, Bennett released his third mixtape Coloring Book to critical acclaim. It earned him three Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album. Coloring Book became the first streaming-only album to receive a nomination for, and win, a Grammy. In July 2017, Bennett was nominated for an Emmy Award for his song "Last Christmas" that was performed on Saturday Night Live. He shares the nomination with Kenan Thompson, Eli Brueggemann, and Will Stephen in the category for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

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The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2017
  –  December 11, 2017
2017 was the year that rap once again reaffirmed its stranglehold ... the streaming services of the world showed just how powerful this music remains. Rap dominated streaming charts. Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B and Migos and Post Malone and DJ Khaled ...
Lil Uzi Vert Continues To Reign Supreme On Soundcloud With 2017’s Most-Streamed Album
  –  December 11, 2017
The first and biggest beneficiary of the Grammys decision to honor streaming music on their ... to topping the charts, 2017 has been a big year for artists on SoundCloud,” they said in the release. Uzi also took the win for Top Rap/Hip-hop Track with ...
This Year In Music: Artsweek’s Favorite Albums
  –  December 8, 2017
This past year contained countless pivotal moments for music. New artists emerged and familiar figures ... to kick the year off with one of the most popular and influential rap albums of 2017. The group provides hit after hit on the adlib-laced album ...
20 Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes of 2017
  –  December 8, 2017
In 2017, the Baton Rouge 18-year-old doubled-down on his perceived street authenticity with three cold mixtapes, the second of which — "AI YoungBoy" — best maps out the gritty realism of his modus operandi. This is rap music for the serious listener ...
Highsnobiety Staff Share Their Most-Streamed Song of 2017
  –  December 8, 2017
2017 was truly a stellar year for rap, but this track takes the hippin’ hoppin’ cake.” “Having spent my early years in the GTA suburbs on a steady diet of 90s hip-hop and multiculturalism, I have a deep affinity for the post-Drake wave of music ...
List of winners at the 2017 American Music Awards
  –  December 7, 2017
A list of the winners at the 2017 American Music Awards ... Favorite country duo or group: Little Big Town. — Favorite rap/hip-hop artist: Drake. — Favorite soul/R&B male artist: Bruno Mars. — Favorite soul/R&B female artist: Beyonce.
Kansan picks: The 11 best albums of 2017
  –  December 7, 2017
Although, the staple of album is “SWEET” with fantastic music and rap from the whole group ... going to be exciting what the group has in mind for SATURATION III. 2017 has been a waking nightmare, but at least things are looking up for Ms. Kesha ...

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