White boy talks about hip-hop or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hip-Hop
I would class a lot of hip-hop and in particular early hip-hop as more of a political statement than it is a form of music. Using music as a vessel for their political and sociological views, hip-hop has produced some of the most politically and socially poignant albums of the the last 25 years (e.g. Fear of Black Planet – Public Enemy). But more than that, I’m actually intrigued by the music of hip-hop, hip-hop has produced some of the most musically diverse album of recent times, sampling world music and all genres. Looking at Mos Def’s 2009 album “The Ecstatic”, you see that he has samples from a whole range of musical genres from around the world. From Jazz, to Latin music, to Soul, it creates a musically genre-less genre in a sense. In a sense what makes hip-hop is the fact that the lyrics are rapped and what this creates is a form of music that allows for rock samples middle-eastern samples and basically samples from anywhere in the world.
In the last few years, a few artists have emerged from the internet and the most high profile is the collective “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All” or simply “Odd Future”, releasing their album for free on blogging website tumblr they attracted a number of music sources and what really puts them apart from other bands is the quality of their production and the creativeness of all the members in the collective. I find it amazing that more artists are not being discovered, considering how the internet and new technology have made it easier to release music and make music respectively.
It seems as though most countries have picked up their own style of hip-hop as well, in Australia that is definitely the case. There’s a wave of Australian Hip-Hop bands (e.g. Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, The Herd, Urthboy) at the moment and the “scene” seems to be pretty popular at the moment (Drapht’s new album recently debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts).
Sampling is definitely the backbone of all good hip-hop and I think as a form of music it is quite amazing. The ability that hip-hop has of being creative and diverse, makes it a form of music that influences music in a great way.