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The Golden Age of Hip Hop

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mia levesque

on 5 March 2013

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Nas In the late 1980s, Nas met up with the producer Large Professor and went to the studio where Rakim and Eric B were recording their albums. When they were not in the studio, Nas would go into the booth and record his own material. Eric B & Rakim William Micheal Griffin Jr, known by his stage name Rakim , is an American rapper.
Part of the ``Golden Age`` Hip Hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, he is widely known as one of the most skilled and influential MC’s of all time.
Eric B. & Rakim’s classic album ``Paid In Full`` was named the greatest hip hop album of all time by MTV in 2006 while Rakim himself was named MTV’s fourth greatest MC of all time. The Golden Age of Hip Hop KRS-One He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for all his work and effort towards the Stop the Violence Movement, the temple of hip hop as well as the overall pioneering of hip hop music and culture. Wu-Tang Clan The Wu-Tang Clan first became known in 1993 following the release of the independent single "Protect Ya Neck", which immediately gave the group a sizable underground following. N.W.A. Considered one of the seminal acts of the Gangsta rap sub-genre,sometimes credited as the most important group in the history of rap music. The Golden Age of Hip Hop 1987-1995 Hip hop's "golden age" is a name given to a period in mainstream hip hop—usually cited as between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s—said to be characterized by its diversity, quality, innovation and influence. There were strong themes of Afrocentrism and political militancy, while the music was experimental and the sampling, eclectic. There was often a strong jazz influence. The artists most often associated with the phrase are Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, NWA and Cypress hill. Rakim broke the pre-existing lyrical mold that was set in hip hop music. This vocal innovation epitomized by Rakim,’s intricate and phenomenal jazz inspired rhyming broke the simplistic meter and flow of earlier Hip Hop. In 1994, Nas's debut album, Illmatic, was released. This album is often hailed as the best hip hop album of all time. Nas, the poetic sage of the Queensbridge projects, was hailed as the second coming of Rakim—as if the first had reached his expiration date.

Nas never became 'the next Rakim,' nor did he really have to. Illmatic stood on its own terms. The sublime lyricism of the CD earned him reputation as the premier writer of his time. The Temple of Hip Hop is a ministry, archive, School, and Society (M.A.S.S.) founded by KRS-One. Its goal is to maintain and promote Hiphop Culture. The Temple of Hip Hop maintains that Hip Hop is a genuine political movement and culture, as it has been accepted by the United Nations as a culture. The Temple of Hiphop calls on all Hip Hop fans to celebrate Hip Hop Appreciation Week, occurring in the third week of May. It encourages DJs and MCs to teach people about the culture of Hiphop, to write more socially conscious songs, and radio stations to play more socially conscious hip hop. Hip Hop Appreciation Week is celebrated on the third week of May each year. The Stop the Violence Movement was formed by KRS-One in 1988/1989 in response to violence in the hip hop and black communities.
KRS-One raised money and awareness to help stop gang violence. The success of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers established the group as a creative and influential force in mid 1990s hip hop, allowing Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, RZA, Raekwon, U-God, Method Man, and Ghostface Killah to negotiate solo contracts. Wu-Tang has influenced many current-day hip hop acts in the areas of rapping, production technique, subject matter and image. Among these contributions have been RZA's sampling style, certain Clan members' mafioso rap personas, usage of slang terms, and the tendency of artists to run in tightly knit groups. RZA's production technique, specifically the manner of chopping up and/or speeding or slowing soul samples to fit his beats, has been picked up by currently popular producers, most notably Kanye West and Just Blaze, the two main producers behind Roc-A-Fella Records. Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy due to the explicit lyrics that many considered to be disrespectful to women, and glorifying drugs and crime. The group was subsequently banned from many mainstream American radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million CD units in the United States alone. N.W.A released their debut studio album, Straight Outta Compton, in 1988. With its famous opening of three tracks, the group reflected the rising anger of the urban youth. The opening song "Straight Outta Compton" introduced the group, "Fuck tha Police" protested police brutality and racial profiling, and "Gangsta Gangsta" painted the worldview of the inner-city youth. While the group was later credited with pioneering the hardcore sub genre of gangsta rap, N.W.A referred to their music as "reality rap". KRS-One was founder of boogie down productions. The golden age is noted for its innovation – a time "when it seemed that every new single reinvented the genre"according to Rolling Stone Magazine. There were two types of Hip Hop that epitomized this era. The first was you lyrically complex afrocentristic hip hop and the other was the beginnings of G-Funk and Hardcore Gangsta Rap. Both we're very different stylistically but were equally commercially viable. During this era in Hip Hop everything was still being discovered and everything was still innovative and new. Junior Mafia The acronym M.A.F.I.A. stands for Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes.
They were formed and mentored by New York rapper, The Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie), in the early 1990s and released their debut album, Conspiracy in 1995.
The group became defunct in 1997 following the death of The Notorious B.I.G. In 2005 and 2006, three of the original members released the album Riot Musik and two DVDs under the Junior M.A.F.I.A. name.

The success of the group's singles, "Player's Anthem" and "Get Money" helped launch the career of Lil' Kim as a solo artist. The Golden Age of Hip Hop
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