Hardcore hip hop (also hardcore rap) is a form of hip hop music that developed through the East Coast hip hop scene in the 1980s. Pioneered by such artists as Run-D.M.C., Schoolly D, Spoonie Gee, Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy and Kool G Rap, it is generally characterized by anger, aggression and confrontation.
Birth: 1988 Bloom: 1993
Hardcore rap is typified by confrontation and aggression not only in lyrics (obscene lexicon, a high tone of voice), but also in music — hard, driving beats, noisy sampling, and «urban» recording. Hardcore rap developed through the East Coast hip hop scene in the 1980s.
Usually, music and lyric reflect rude environment of the city where a composition was made. Before a formula for gangsta rap had developed, artists such as the New York City-based Boogie Down Productions and Los Angeles native Ice-T implemented detailed observations of "street life", while the chaotic, rough sounding production style of Public Enemy's records set new standards for hip hop production. In the early 1990s, hardcore rap became largely synonymous with West Coast gangsta (gangsters) rap, as exemplified by N.W.A, until the Wu-Tang Clan emerged in 1993. Wu Tang Clan's minimalistic beats and piano-driven sampling became widely popular among other hip hop artists of the time
Umbrellate style: Hip-hop/Rap
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