A while ago rappers needed to pound the pavement with photos and demos in hand meeting with various record companies. If they were successful, the artist would sign a record contract and get the promotional assistance of the record label to find and build an audience. Independent artists have always done things differently. Especially rap artists who have chosen to create their music away from traditional means. Today, thanks to the internet, indie artists have a straight connection to their audiences. Artists still have to produce their music, but computers have levelled the playing field there as well.
Rap Music – The New Frontier?
During the early to mid ’70s, visionaries like Kool DJ Herc introduced new ideas to the way music was played. Like some other music-loving ‘bredren and sistren’ along with myself, Kool DJ Herc was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Following the footsteps of Jamaicans that came before him, he relocated to the Bronx, NYC and took root. With a sound system like no other, there was always a party when Herc spun records. Folks from all city boroughs showed up, and brought their friends. Most of them had never experienced anything like Herc’s thunder in the clubs or at ‘block parties,’ where he was a hometown favorite. There’ll be more on these unique, social gatherings a little later. Kool DJ Herc was one of those cats that was thinking outside the box for a long time, and inspired other DJs to follow suit. Everywhere Herc touched down, he left a distinctive mark imprinted in the minds, bodies, and souls of music lovers in and around the vicinity.
Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture
Rap music is most definitely a part of the overall hip hop culture, which began on the east coast in the 70’s and 80’s, and as is the case with most genres of music in American history it began with the lower to middle income citizens. In the case this movement largely amongst the African Americans and Latin Americans in the larger cities like New York and Miami. These people are also heavily involved in the evolution of tagging and break dancing, two other main focuses of this culture.
Independent Rap Music is strongly influenced by hip hop, this is a fact. You can almost say that they are the same genre of music. Rap is all about your delivery, beat selection, and ability to create memorable lyrics. There is usually very little melody, with more of a focus on your rhyme patterns and cadence.
Find Free Rap Music
Finding free rap music online can be quite a hassle if you don’t know the places to look! Google can be a bit of a maze at times and it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, if you know what I mean. So I thought I would share some of my findings over the past few months. This is a list I have put together of all the best sites for mixtapes, albums and singles that are available for free download.