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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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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