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Introduction of Hip-Hop Music
Hip-hop is a genre of music that originated in the United States in the 1970s and has since become popular around the world. It is characterized by its use of rhyming lyrics and a strong emphasis on beat and rhythm. Hip-hop music is often associated with rap, a style of vocal delivery that involves speaking or chanting over a beat or instrumental track.
Hip-hop culture encompasses a wide range of elements, including music, dance, art, and fashion. It is known for its roots in African-American and Latino communities and for its influence on youth culture and fashion. Hip-hop music often addresses social and political issues and can be seen as a form of resistance against mainstream culture.
There are many sub-genres within hip-hop, including gangsta rap, conscious rap, trap music, and more. Hip-hop music has also spawned numerous subcultures and has had a significant impact on mainstream culture, influencing art, fashion, and language.
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Recent Hip-Hop Interviews
Jon Hannz Interview on Nagamag
Which are the genres that describe your music style better?
Hip Hop, Motivation, Grown man Music
Few words about your musical background and career?
I been writing since a young lad. As a teen I was introduced to Hip Hop, in my early twenties I began to take it seriously as a career. I then realized my passion and how I wanted my Hip Hop to come across.
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?
Listening to the greats, hearing “Children stories” and “I got it made” that era was like the 5 o'clock news for people like me growing up. That made me fall in love with the art. I will never fall in love with the business.
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?
Earth Wind and Fire "Keep your head to the sky"
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which is the track from a similar artist you admire?
Royce da 5'9'' "Strong friend"
Broughton Interview on Nagamag
What are the genres that describe better your music style?
Rap, Hip-Hop is what I create. From R.I.P Joyce a deep, heartfelt song about my Nan who died because of cancer to Ocean Thoughts a wavy banger with bars. I don't make the same song over & over I create different songs with different vibes for any moment.
Few words about your musical background and career?
I've been making music since 2015, I'm one half of the collective NQH. (Not Quite Human)
I've got two EP's on SoundCloud, 24 Singles on all digital platforms & 18 music videos on YouTube. NQH YouTube channel.
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?
I've loved music my whole life, music is life.
What's next for you?
I'm currently working on a new project & I can't wait to share this new music with you. I will be releasing more music videos in the next few months so look out for that, follow me on socials to keep up to date. @broughtonnqh on Instagram & Twitter. Subscribe to my YouTube channel NQH.
Check out my latest music video Ocean Thoughts, waviest video I've ever released.
Peace & Love
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?
Majid Jordan "Gave Your Love Away"
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?
Brydon "Beast Mode"
Hip-Hop Featured Releases
Sunny Flowers – FEAR LESS
“Nice guitar riffs with really good high note theme. Fast paced vocals, interesting, very well edited, with a lot of details. Changing vocals/singer, giving the song such a good drive, although the rhythm parts a very subtle, but never the less effective. ”
Apple Music: music.apple.com/us/album/fear-less/1642136675?i=1642136676
KAS RIGHT BACK ft Kaye Fox (Video)
“KAS teams up with Kaye Fox into their new release RIGHT BACK. Starting with the soulful vocals of Kaye Fox and coming next quick into the chorus theme from KAS which turn quickly to a memorable, addictive one. The production is solid and the vocal performances hypnotize you/ From the tracks that hit your “on repeat” list. ”
With the release of his 2020 breakout EP, KAS wasted no time gaining more momentum and soon earning the title of ‘Artist to watch.’
Now, we’re excited to share Kas’ new visuals for the leading record ‘Right Back’ from his EP “Long Story Short.”
With his recent track ‘Right back,’ Kas paints the scene of the gritty, raw struggles one may face while striving towards greatness. Kas’s artistry is unmatched, the music video’s symbolic yet simplistic feel is eye-catching.
When speaking about the record, Kas comments “Right Back is the slogan for hustlers, dreamers, and grinders. We have to leave home to strive for something greater, but the main objective is to come back home safely and better than how you were when you left.”
The talented rapper delivers his message on a warm baseline and a dabbing guitar beat. The production and visuals for the track are desirable.
Be sure to listen to his EP ‘Long Story Short’ and the first track of the project ‘Right back’ !
Sal Dulu – B (Spotify)
“Sal Dalu teams up with Koncept Jack$on into their new single B. And while the are grounded for what they do with their art, clearly this takes A. beautiful groove and well chopped samples placed into creating a melancholic atmosphere while the vocal performance tells the story in an abundant way. ”
Tipped Dublin-based producer/musician, Sal Dulu is today sharing his new single “B” (feat Koncept Jack$on), self-released via his own Duluoz Records – listen here. The new music comes in-tandem with news of his debut album, Xompulse which is set for release on February 19, 2021. “B” comes off the back of last month's Line of Best Fit and NTS Radio-tipped release, "Alien Boy 96".
Stylistically, this new track finds Sal Dulu delving into downtempo hip-hop, sculpting a bed of rich aesthetics and dusty electronic tones with the tipped Richmond, VA-based artist, Koncept Jack$on layering his vocals over the top.
The new run of music from Sal Dulu, marks his first releases of the year following previous support from The Observer, Resident Advisor, Okay Player and more. Sonically, they leave off from where his earlier music took us, once again finding Sal Dulu demonstrate his versatility as a producer, fusing together different styles to present something which is at once cinematic and also intimate. . Thematically, the forthcoming collection deals with dreamscapes and liminal places, as well as tackling fragmented memories. "B" marks one of a number of collaborations on the new record with additional features coming from the Pitchfork/Stereogum-tipped Fly Anakin (Mutant Academy) and Atlanta, Georgia-based staHHr.
Speaking about the album, Sal Dulu says: "The album comprises fragments of aural and visual memories and assimilates these in a series of memory-based songs or dreams. The album can essentially be described as moving through a dreamscape."
Recorded between London and his home studio in Dublin, this new music adds to Sal Dulu's previous collection of songs that demonstrate his creative process from several angles. Exorcising an array of genres, everything from jazz, to classical, ambient and hip-hop, and ideas that he’s worked with over the last twelve months – largely throughout the nocturnal hours – since summer 2019, Xompulse is a distinctly soothing trip through memory with each track evocative of a different playback.
Latest Hip-Hop discoveries
Rush Sturges – Capsized
Τα εκφραστικά φωνητικά κερδίζουν τις εντυπώσεις από την πρώτη στιγμή. Η ευφράδεια λόγου και η άνεση στη ροή τους είναι αξιοπρόσεκτη. Η ζωηρή μελωδία ανεβάζει τ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #alternativehiphop #singersongwriter #americana #rushsturges #unitedstates #nagamag #musicmagazine
HUGGA x ANADI – Где-то с кем-то
Smooth groove and flow that captures perfectly blended styles into this song. Beautiful vocals, specially the female lead one and the chorus line that is so ca... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #rap #hiphop #conscioushiphop #hugga #huggaxanadi #russia #nagamag #musicmagazine
JustFresh – Hustle Til The 1st
Фантастический трек, демонстрирующий талант и самоотверженность -JustFresh-. От начала до конца вайб наполнен мощными битами и умными рифмами, которые будут де... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #rap #oldschoolhiphop #hiphop #conscioushiphop #justfresh #unitedstates #nagamag #musicmagazine
Barny Fletcher – WOO!
Музыка -Barny Fletcher- вобравшая в себя сумасшедшие биты Hip-Hop звучания и рифмы R&B. -Barny- не просто поёт свою песню, он ещё умело создаёт настоящую энерг... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #contemporaryrnb #alternative #indiernb #alternativehiphop #barnyfletcher #unitedkingdom #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @barnyfletcher
Nicki Knightz – Step With Me ft. JoeJas
Трек от -Nicki Knightz-, который порадует всех поклонников Hip Hop музыки. Эта песня – целый коктейль из жизненных историй, громких рифм и превосходного звучан... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #oldschoolhiphop #nickiknightz #unitedkingdom #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @nickiknightz
A-F-R-O & 60 East x Ras Kass – Cali Ozone
Интересное сочетание трех талантливых Hip Hop музыкантов: -A-F-R-O, 60 East и Ras Kass-. С самого начала можно понять, что перед вами не просто обычный рэп, а ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #lofihiphop #hiphop #conscioushiphop #alternativehiphop #afro&60east #afro #60eastxraskass #unitedstates #nagamag #musicmagazine
Pzamynd – For Days
Atmosphere of the song is very dreamy, with very groovy modern beat. Vocals are amazing, specially the female one, perfectly fitting the melancholic piano them... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #commercial #cloudhop #emohiphop #alternativehiphop #pzamynd #unitedstates #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @pzamynd
Christopha – Sandals
Dreamy riff sets the tone of the song from the start. Slower in tempo but still very groovy rhythm expands the songs depth within the melancholic harmonies in ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #hiphop #conscioushiphop #alternativehiphop #ukhiphop #christopha #unitedkingdom #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @iamchristopha
S.D Flame – Let My Moment Shine
Smooth cross between jazzy vibes and hip hop. Easy listening sounds and mood of the song perfectly creates relaxing atmosphere. Lead vocal is fitting the mood ... >>> Read more & listen to this song on Nagamag #studybeats #jazzhop #chillhop #oldschoolhiphop #hiphop #conscioushiphop #sdflame #canada #nagamag #musicmagazine IG: @s.d_flame
Some Hip-Hop subgenres
There are many sub-genres within the hip-hop genre, each with its own distinctive style and sound. Some of the most well-known sub-genres of hip-hop include:
Gangsta rap: a subgenre that emerged in the 1980s and is characterized by its violent and aggressive lyrics and themes, often referencing gang life, drug culture, and crime.
Conscious rap: a subgenre that focuses on lyrics that are more socially and politically conscious, often addressing issues such as poverty, racism, and injustice.
Trap music: a subgenre that originated in the 1990s and is characterized by its heavy use of synthesizers and beats inspired by electronic dance music, as well as its themes of drug use and street life.
Old-school hip-hop: a subgenre that refers to the early years of hip-hop, from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, and is characterized by its use of samples from old funk and soul records and its emphasis on DJing and MCing.
Alternative hip-hop: a subgenre that encompasses a wide range of styles and sounds, including elements of indie rock, electronic music, and experimental music, and often explores more unconventional themes and subject matter.
Boom bap: a subgenre that is characterized by its use of hard-hitting drums and sample-based beats and its focus on lyricism and storytelling.
East Coast hip-hop: a subgenre that originated in the eastern United States and is characterized by its hard-hitting beats, aggressive lyrics, and use of samples from jazz and soul records.
West Coast hip-hop: a subgenre that originated in the western United States and is characterized by its laid-back, funky beats and smooth, melodic vocals.
Southern hip-hop: a subgenre that originated in the southern United States and is characterized by its use of heavy bass, triplet flows, and trap beats.
Midwestern hip-hop: a subgenre that originated in the midwestern United States and is characterized by its use of socially conscious lyrics and diverse influences, including elements of rock, jazz, and soul music.
UK hip-hop: a subgenre that originated in the United Kingdom and is characterized by its fusion of British and American hip-hop styles and its use of grime and garage beats.
Latin hip-hop: a subgenre that incorporates elements of Latin American and Caribbean music, such as salsa, reggaeton, and merengue, and often explores themes related to Latin American and Latino culture and identity.
These are just a few examples of the many sub-genres of hip-hop, and the genre continues to evolve and change over time, with new sub-genres and styles emerging all the time.
The most used instruments in Hip-Hop Music
Hip-hop music typically relies on electronic instruments and technology, rather than traditional acoustic instruments. Some of the most common music instruments and equipment used in hip-hop music include:
Turntables: also known as record players or decks, turntables are used to play vinyl records and are an essential part of hip-hop music, particularly in the art of DJing.
DJ mixer: a device used to adjust the volume and balance of multiple audio sources, such as turntables or CD players, and to create smooth transitions between songs.
Sampler: a device that allows a musician to record and play back short samples of sound, such as a beat or a melody, and manipulate them in various ways, such as changing the pitch or tempo.
Synthesizer: an electronic instrument that generates sound by creating and combining waveforms, and can be used to create a wide range of sounds, including bass lines, melodies, and effects.
Drum machine: an electronic device that generates pre-programmed drum beats and rhythms and can be used to create a wide range of percussion sounds.
Computer: many hip-hop producers and DJs use computers to create, edit, and manipulate music, using software such as digital audio workstations (DAWs) and music production software.
In addition to these electronic instruments and equipment, some hip-hop artists also incorporate live instruments into their music, such as guitars, bass, and keyboards.
Vocals: Vocals are an integral part of hip-hop music. In hip-hop, vocals are typically delivered in the form of rap, which involves speaking or chanting over a beat or instrumental track. The lyrics of a rap are typically spoken in a rhythmic, rhyming style, and may address a wide range of themes and subjects, including social and political issues, personal experiences, and pop culture.
Hip-hop vocals are typically recorded in a recording studio, using a microphone and other recording equipment. Some hip-hop artists may also incorporate live vocals into their performances, either by rapping or singing over pre-recorded tracks or by performing acapella.Yes, vocals are an integral part of hip-hop music. In hip-hop, vocals are typically delivered in the form of rap, which involves speaking or chanting over a beat or instrumental track. The lyrics of a rap are typically spoken in a rhythmic, rhyming style, and may address a wide range of themes and subjects, including social and political issues, personal experiences, and pop culture.
Hip-hop vocals are typically recorded in a recording studio, using a microphone and other recording equipment. Some hip-hop artists may also incorporate live vocals into their performances, either by rapping or singing over pre-recorded tracks or by performing acapella.
Some hip-hop artists may also use vocal effects, such as sampling, pitch shifting, and vocal processing, to create unique and distinctive sounds.
In hip-hop music, lyrics are typically delivered in the form of rap and are characterized by their rhythmic, rhyming style and their emphasis on beat and rhythm.
The lyrics of a hip-hop song may address a wide range of themes and subjects, including social and political issues, personal experiences, and pop culture. Hip-hop lyrics often reflect the experiences and perspectives of the artist and may be used to express emotions, tell stories, or convey messages.
In addition to their meaning and content, the lyrics of a hip-hop song may also be appreciated for their wordplay and their use of figurative language, such as metaphors and similes. Many hip-hop artists are known for their clever and creative use of language and for their ability to craft complex and sophisticated rhyme schemes.