Hip hop, or rap, is a music style that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, particularly among youth in cities. It became widely successful with its anti-establishment themes, sometimes even urging violence. It has two main types, rapping and DJing (which includes scratching records for added effect during the piece).
The essence of hip hop or rap is to chant a message over some type of musical beat. Singing is typically only entailed during the chorus.
Many groups, including Christian groups, widely decry the hip-hop culture, because it demeans women, strongly promotes violence as well as an overly materialistic sense of life. Songs such as "Big Pimpin'" by Jay-Z promote prostitution while songs like "Dre Day" describe the performers; Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre performing depraved sexual acts. Songs like "Where the hood at?" have become anthems for young gangs and often incite listeners into behaving violently.
Modern rap often breaks several of the Ten Commandments.
- You shall have no other gods before Me. - Deceased rappers such as Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. are worshipped like gods in hip hop culture. They are false idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. - God's name is used innappropriately in many modern rap songs.
- You shall not murder. - Murder is often glorified in hip hop culture. Rap artists who have not "done dirt" or committed murder lack respect within the hip hop community.
- You shall not commit adultery. - Premarital sex is often glamorized along with engaging in relations with married women.
- You shall not steal. - Rap artists will often describe committing acts of theft in their music. Within the hip hop community this is accepted because most rap artists grow up in poverty.
Genres of Rap