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Transcript of HipHop

The Shift in Rap: From Party Music to Social Commentary to the notion of "Thug Life" Grandmaster Flash and "The Message" Public Enemy N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude) Rodney King, LA Riots, and "Fuck the Police" The West Coast G-Rap Scene Death Row Records
Dr. Dre and Suge Knight
Created the "G-Funk" Sound
Music emphasized cautionary tales about the criminal mind
Dominant album: The Chronic
Other rap groups started to Imitate this sound
Collaboration with Snoop Dogg: "Nuthin' but a G' thang'
LA became the center and was the home of the West Coast Gangsta Rap Scene East Coast Bad Boy Records
Founded by Sean "Puffy" Combs
Lyrics involve ganglife and racism against African-Americans
Also commentary on police and government agencies
Wu Tang Clan signed helped them grow in popularity
Craig Mack hit "Flava in Ya Ear" also helped Bad Boy Label Tu Pac Shakur Hero of his generation
Considered a political poet - why?
Surrounded by oppressed people and learned from them
Extremely well educated - some considered him a philosopher
Everything he read he incorporated it into his lyrics Marin, California Rap career started
Joined group called Digital Underground
Big break was "Same Song" before he became "gangsta" Oakland, California Wanted to learn "the game" - why
Developed his first solo album: "2Pacalypse Now"
Record focused on his political convictions
Singles: "Brenda's Got a Baby," "Trapped," and "If My Homie Calls."
Controversial because of the famous trail that involved a teenage boy killing a state trooper
Album also featured on video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. 1993
This album got him the most commercial success
"NIGGAZ" also an acronym
"Keep Ya Head up" Thug Life: Volume 1 1994, very popular album
Also a group he formed
Popular song "Cradle to the Grave"
"How Long Will They Mourn Me" THUG LIFE The
Everybody Also a Code of Honor

See following website
http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/open-forum/9011-code-thug-life.html "Biggie Smalls"
Grew up in Brooklyn
Dropped out of school to live on the streets
Attracted by the money and flashy life-style of local drug dealers
Claimed to re-establish East Coast rap - made it popular again
His success paved the way for other rappers to succeed: Nas and Jay-Z
Gifted storyteller: Narratives are about violent life of the streets told in a gritty, objective realism perspective
Debut album: Ready to Die - "Big Poppa"
Designed album "Life After Death" to compete with 2pac's All Eyez on Me
1997- shot after leaving a party in L.A.
Another vehicle pulled up and fired 6-10 shots The Notorious B.I.G. 2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G.
“ Who shot ya? Separate the weak from the obsolete, hard to creep them Brooklyn streets. ”
—The Notorious B.I.G., “Who Shot Ya?”

“ Who shot me? But ya punks didn't finish now you 'bout to feel the wrath of a menace… *****, I hit ‘em up! ”—2Pac, “Hit 'Em Up” Both rap artists went from being hustlers, to internationally popular musicians that eventually fell tragically to the victim of the culture and violence they depicted. Both deaths are eerily similar to myths in Greek tragedies. Whether or not their death was really a result of a much publicized fued between the East and West coast hip-hop scenes, it did mark a point where both sides stepped back from a rivalry that had gone too far. Hip-hop's self image wouldn't be the same and neither would the public's perception of it.
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