The Evolution of Hip Hop

The Evolution of Hip Hop

From where it began, to where it is now.
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So my best friend and I were talking the other day about music and we were saying what rap albums we couldn’t wait to drop this year. He was saying how he couldn’t wait for Drake’s new album to come out and I was saying how I’m more excited to see what Kanye West’s album had to offer. Then we started talking about the old rap songs we used to listen to and how rap has changed so much over the years. But the question that I know a lot of hip hop fans ask is “has it changed for the better”?

Me personally, I like a lot of the new school rappers that this generation has to offer such as J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Wale, etc. I’ll admit there are some rappers that I’m not particularly fans of like Young Thug or Chief Keef but they do have a few good songs that make them mainstream. Every time I hear a Young Thug song I actually like I feel like a fat person who is cheating on a diet. I’m not supposed to like it because he is a bad rapper but the beat is so good I just can’t help but listen and jam out to it. And that’s how I think hip hop has changed throughout the years. In this generation of rap, we care so much about hearing a good beat that we could care less about the actual lyrics that we hear. This is a big factor in how hip hop music has changed over the years.

You see hip hop started in the early 80s and the point of hip hop was to tell a message from the people of the streets and the struggles they had to endure. Although there were hip hop songs that you could jam out and dance to, hip hop was supposed to be a way that inner city black people were able to convey their story of struggle in a lyrical fun way.

Around the late 80s and early 90s, that’s when I feel hip hop started to change into rap music. While there were still some songs that told stories about the “black struggle”, a lot of rappers started to incorporate selling drugs, committing crimes and degrading women in those lyrics as well. Even though there were a lot of people that opposed to this new form of rap: there were a lot of other people who praised it so much that this became the new form of what is considered “hip hop”.

Now I know what some people might say, “I only listen to rap music if it’s giving a good message”. Then others might say, “I just want to turn up at a party”. But in my opinion, why can’t we just like both? The way I look at music is it’s all about the time, place, and mood. For example, I love J. Cole as a rapper and I think he is one of the most underrated rappers of our time. But to be honest, I can’t really turn up to him at the club or a party. It’s not because he doesn’t make great music, it’s because in his style of rapping he tries to give a message in a lyrical way that it makes it hard for me to dance to.

When I’m at home or in the car relaxing, I can listen to him because I can sit down and actually analyze what he is saying. When I’m at a party I want to listen to 2 Chainz or jam out to some Future. I listen to rap music with a message when I’m at home. I’ll admit, it does disappoint me that in this generation that rappers don’t even make more meaningful songs like they use too, but it doesn’t make me want to stop listening to rap altogether.

So to answer the question of “has rap music gotten worse”, it’s more of a yes and no answer from me. Yes, because rappers tend to rely on their beats more than their actual lyrics and no because this new form of rapping has opened up the doors to other styles of rap music that we never even thought were possible for the genre. So you hip hop fans can say what you want about rap music, but if you need me I’ll be listening to some Kanye West. Peace!

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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The 9 Types Of Guys You're Destined To Meet In College

Yo bro, ya heard? That's what's up!
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Oh, boy! In college, you will come across people of all shapes and sizes with a wide range of personalities. Despite that, there seem to be several categories that boys fall under while at college. This week, I've outlined the 9 types of guys you'll run across in college:

1. The total frat dude.

Yo bro, ya heard? This guy is in a frat and has made it his mission to let everybody know he is. His go-to look is a polo shirt with cargo shorts that are just a tad too short. He probably has an American flag hanging on his wall and his most creative Instagram caption is "Saturdays are for the boys". Don't get me wrong, frat guys can be nice just stay away when they're too many beers in on a Tuesday night.

2. The 'Victory Royale'.

Almost like clockwork, this guy posts a snap on their story of them winning Fortnite a caption along the lines of "AYYYEE" or "Dubs only." When this guy is not on a bean bag chair two feet away from his TV screen he's with the bros. This guy might not be the best at getting ladies but at least Fortnite is always there for them (except when the servers crash).

3. The gym rat.

Muscle tees, pre-workout and a gallon jug of water are this guy's best friend. He either is busting out of his own skin after taking steroids or is the leaner guy that could take someone out in one punch. You never see these dudes on a treadmill, only lifting weights. His favorite food is probably chicken and he likes to post snap stories of him eating an excessive amount of eggs. He likes to date girls that are tiny to make him look big in comparison. These guys are nice until you question their masculinity.

4. The cool nerd.

If you meet a nice guy who is smart there's a 50% chance he's an engineering major. This guy probably likes to casually play sports and/or is in the band. School is always his number one priority but he also wants a smart girlfriend to talk nerd too. This guy peaks around sophomore year when most people start to settle down. He's the one at the end of college with a high GPA and a girlfriend out of his league.

5. The country boy.

This guys truck/ jeep is named after a girl and is most likely on their Instagram page. Every weekend this boy is either mudding or on a boat with their neighborhood friends. They are the only reason Natural Light is still being sold and were taught to shotgun at age 13. This guy loves him some camo and "Make America Great Again" hats. Don't let him have aux at parties unless you want an erratic playlist that has a mix of country, rap, and the occasional girly pop song. However, don't let the country fool you – these guys end up graduating with a good GPA and a business degree.

6. The dad bod.

This guy is probably in a frat and has been for the past four or five years. He is really taking his time with the whole college thing and doesn't let it stress him out. This guy is either really tall or awkwardly short and you can't really tell if they're muscular or heavier. This guy came into college and went wild his first couple of years and now he has a beer in his hand the majority of the hours he's awake. Although this guy loves making pledges drink until they're on the verge of alcohol poisoning, he always makes sure everyone have a sober ride home.

7. The pothead.

This guy never fails to let everyone know he has a three-foot-long bong and treats it like it's a precious artifact. He loves wearing hoodies and posting pics of him lighting up a blunt in nature. His favorite colors are coincidentally the same as those on the Jamaican flag. His role model is Bob Marley and his room always smells like a mix of rotting food, dirty laundry, and a quite herbal scent. All his friends hang out and end up talking about how cool elbows are.

8. The hard worker.

This guy is one everyone respects. He somehow manages to take a full course load and work a ton of hours at his job. He is smart and level-headed. He goes underappreciated all throughout college but turns out to be super successful in his career.

9. The GBF.

Gay Best Friend might be a 2014 movie but these guys are real. They have a ton of pretty girlfriends and are always the go-to for venting. These guys take the show at the club and really make the best of college. Their Instagram feed is so much more aesthetically pleasing than yours and they are always flashing their white teeth. They're always super nice unless you piss them off.

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