Hip hop began in the Bronx, New York, as a result of the creative work of Latino,Caribbean, and African American artists in the 1970′s. This music genre is made up of sampling, rapping, beat boxing and scratching.
Before the 80′s, the hip hop genre was mostly limited in scope to the borders of the United States of America. During the 80′s its popularity started spreading to other countries. Currently, hip hop is popular on all seven continents. Remember, all of this music can be found on internet radio.
The influence of hip hop music has transcended genres and can be found in many different types of music. We have chosen five songs that are stand out sound tracks on the “Mix and Hitz” station play lists.
“California Gurls” by Katy Perry. This song was performed by Katy Perry, featuring the famous hip hop star, Snoop Dogg. Within this song you can hear 1980′s guitar beats along with lyrics with a summer theme.
“Imma Be” by the Black Eyed Peas. This recording by the Black Eyed Peas begins with slower tempo urban beats, then slowly changes in the middle of the song, it morphs into a funky dance track. It is also part of a music video that is a combination of “Imma Be” and a different track, “Rock That Body”.
“Your Love Is My Drug” performed and recorded by Kesha. This song by Kesha is a track in her debut album called ‘January’. Its soundtrack is reminiscent of the 80′s feel with a chorus is all about fascinations of adolescent love, playful in nature. This song features auto-tuned vocals, and is spontaneous, lively and informal. You can get this song on free online radio.
“Airplanes” by “B.o.B.” This song is by B.o.B, featuring Hayley Williams. Most of the melodies of this song are basically from the piano with an outstanding clapping backbeat. The song is one of the many from B.o.B’s debut album called ‘B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray’.
“Need You Now” written and performed by Lady Antebellum. This is a well performed ballad by Lady Antebellum about a yearning for friendship. By the Fall of 2009 it made it to number one on the country charts and then started getting play time on pop radio. To recreate the latest pop version an electric guitar was used instead of the original country guitar. It is very intricate, but is has a certain magic to it.
“Telephone”, a song by Lady Gaga, she first showcased this amazing song in ‘The Fame Monster’, prior to its January 26th release. A song for the club, even though the use of a harp was integrated into this top song, this piece includes rapping performed by Beyonce Knowles. This song was first written for Britney Spears, but was brilliantly performed with stellar results by Lady Gaga subsequent to Spear’s record