Hey. I've been listening to Hip Hop since my early teens, since back in the early 1980s, and I've seen it go through multiple changes. When I started listening to it, it was party music and some of it was very politically charged and socially conscious. Then it went through a phase of novelty acts and comic relief with groups like the Fat Boys, UTFO and artists like the Real Roxanne. However, Run DMC has been a mainstay and can't really be classified as a novelty act, though they were the first Rock cross-over group that I know of.
Then there was the phase of Hip Hop in which you saw Alternative and Gangster Hip Hop burst on the scene. That was the later 80s and early 90s. At the same time you had a lot of political acts like Public Enemy and KRS-ONE and 5 Percenters like Brand Nubian, Lakim Shabazz and Poor Righteous Teachers.
Soon Hip Hop diversified. You started seeing artists like Eminem and various underground acts.
And that, my friends, is the kind of stuff I write about at Hip Hop Ya Don't Stop. I've moved all of it over to hiphopyadontstop dot com.
Hope you like it.
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