The East Coast Hip-Hop Culture

As a federal system country, hip-hop has developed throughout the United States. It has shown its unique style characteristics in the collision of different regional cultures in fusion and performance. Gemlooks will be sharing a series of related blogs in the following blogs, and today we will first talk about the Hip-Hop culture in the east region of the United States.

East Coast hip-hop will always be referred to as New York rap, and it was because of the frequent block parties held in New York in the 1970s that hip-hop rap was able to originate and develop.

According to the famous media outlet Allmusic, East Coast rap was the only hip-hop rap during the dawn of the hip-hop era. At the time, musicians of a representative nature included DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Jam Master Jay, and Run-DMC, who also ushered in a new era of hip-hop culture at the time.

East Coast hip-hop is known for its greater focus on emotional lyricism, unlike the past hip-hop music that used simple rhymes. It was characterized not only by the rhyming of words but also by more complex expressions, consistently exciting beats, and some more profound terms of social issues. It is represented by Eric B. & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, Big Daddy Kane, and Slick Rick.

Because East Coast hip-hop rap is more about emotion than just jumping to the beat, it allows the listener to honestly care about the people and events around them while having fun with the music.

At the time, Nas' debut album Illmatic was considered a pinnacle of the East Coast hip-hop culture scene, while late stars BIG, JAY-Z brought East Coast hip-hop to the world, allowing more people to understand the meaning of hip-hop culture.

Of course, it is because of the way hip-hop culture dares to express itself that it has also caused some heartbreaking things, such as the West Coast 2PAC shooting, which I will share with you in the following article as the West Coast hip-hop culture.

Regardless of the competition between the East and West coasts, Hip Hop culture advocates Peace&Love as a theme that will not change.

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