Hip-Hop Takes On A New Tune

Jackson Zyskowski, Op-Ed Writer

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  What started as an underground movement focused on rebelling against the system has developed into a nationwide cultural movement that is a staple of teenage culture.

  As gangs continuously tried to one-up each other, the new hip-hop wave of the 1970s became popularized. The Black Spades, one of these gangs, founded the hip-hop scene through neighborhood block parties in New York City. Early hip-hop was a way to bring a new spin to old styles through sampling tracks, beats, and basslines.

  Steven Hager, an American writer, journalist, and filmmaker, wrote about the beginnings of hip hop: “Suddenly, in 1975 something better came along to replace the gangs. That something was eventually called hip-hop.” A large amount of New York teens were involved with gangs, and therefore this newfound hip-hop culture was adopted among teenagers across the country.

   Junior Bryan Piedra said that “the new age of rap is more focused on the vibe rather than the lyrics.” As more people flooded to hip-hop, the genre expanded to include many sub genres. From singing to screamo to enlightened raps, hip hop has evolved to give the people a piece of everything.

  Music gives a voice to those who don’t have a way to express themselves on other platforms. Whether new or old, rap has been a way for the new generation to express themselves through music.