Music is seen to be part of our everyday lives. I listen to music to pass time and sometimes because of the message the artist is trying to pass. Generally, music has positive and beneficial effects in my life. Hip hop music is my favorite style of music and is also commonly referred to as rap.
Many people view hip-hop as a sub-genre of R n B. this style of music is divided into new-school and old—school. Old school hip hop entails the earliest recordings from 1970’s and early 1980’s. Later in the decade, different styles emerged as hip hop music became regional, and most of these genres are considered new- school hip hop. New York based hip-hop is the most popular form of hip hop which is majorly mainstream music. However, most hip hop artists are underground, and hip hop music is considered dead in the mainstream. I consider hip hop with no message or no hip hop elements as hip hop, despite people referring to any rap as hip hop.
Accordingly, hip hop has different elements which includes graffiti, hopping movements, rap with a message, and a certain way of dressing. Hip hop is also a culture. In the same note, Hip hop music has had different developments which provide an alternative to the common hip hop style. This involves hip hop with rap and has specific jazz characteristics and use of live instrumentation, in some countries like Puerto Rico, reggaeton is the popular hip hop style. Most hip hop music are fused with creativity and different themes. Accordingly there is Christian hip hop, which involves rapping about Christian teachings. I love all kinds of hip hop styles.
The reasons why I listen to hip hop music is because most hip hop songs are enlightening, have a message to the society, which make me smarter. Additionally, hip hop makes me relax, improve my moods and calm down. Hip hop music also lifts my moods, stir my emotions and always make me re- focus on different goals I have. Most hip hop songs are not too fast or too slow, hence entertaining and exciting to listen. I listen to at least five hip hop songs every day, without hip hop music I think I would probably be a shallow person and not as knowledgeable as I am today. Hip hop is my culture and my recipe for joy every day; it is my key to being smart and healthy. I cannot imagine life without hip hop music.