Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

On Aug. 11,1973, hip hop was born. Many have said “It was just a phase.”

It never was defined… it really defined itself. It’s a culture first, much longer than  being categorized as a genre. On Aug. 28, 1963, just 10 years prior, a quarter of a million people marched on the nation’s capital to demand equality and justice for Black Americans.

Even a decade later, minorities were still fighting for their rights and hip hop was a way of expression. It became a way to speak through the art of DJing, dancing, singing, rapping, fashion and graffiti.

In that time, house parties became the neighborhood clubs, and break dancing on the streets was the official battle grounds between local crews in New York.

As time progressed, Rap music started to move away from the story based lyrics talking about social and economic problems. Rap began to focus more on ‘Gangsta’ lyrics that was based around sex, money and drugs. Violence was also a major theme for the lyrics of gangsta rap. It still had a voice, because it was talking about things and situations happening everyday in the ‘hood’.

However, Many rap artists have used  their musical talents to promote peace and anti violent behavior. Through their music it has caused social awareness in communities around the country. Hip hop has also served as a tool to speak out against negative aspects. Many songs are being used for marketing tools on television commercials.

50 years ago many thought the culture wouldn’t last. And it’s clear that it is here to stay.

According to “The 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop will be the most epic year in  history. Celebrations will be held all around the world to uplift and honor every aspect of Hip Hop culture.”

Here’s a list of hip hop songs that have made an impact.

  • Fight The Power

    “Fight the Power” is a song by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released as a single in the summer of 1989 on Motown Records. It was conceived at the request of film director Spike Lee, who sought a musical theme for his 1989 film Do the Right Thing.

  • U.N.I.T.Y.

    U.N.I.T.Y. focuses on confronting the disrespect that women face in society, addressing issues of street harassment, domestic violence, and slurs against women in hip-hop culture.

  • I Can

    “I Can” by Nas is a motivational and inspirational song that urges listeners, particularly children and young adults, to believe in themselves and strive for their dreams. Throughout the song, Nas provides cautionary tales about the dangers of drugs, risky behavior, and negative influences, and encourages listeners to work hard and stay focused in order to succeed in life.

  • We're All In The Same Gang

    We’re All in the Same Gang” is a hip hop song by a collaboration of prominent American West Coast hip hop recording artists under the West Coast Rap All-Stars umbrella, who assembled to promote an anti-violence message.

  • Changes

    Tupac never had an issue with speaking the truth. “Changes” talks about all of the different issues that were related to his era of influence, police brutality, racism, drugs and gang violence.


  • Doo Wop (That Thing)

    In 1998, Lauryn Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which was the only album she ever recorded, and it made a huge impact. Miseducation broke barriers for female artists. Her songs reached audiences globally and Miseducation was the first Hip Hop album to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. Miseducation touches on love, God, and female empowerment – and “Doo Wop (That Thing)” was a roaring success when released as the album’s lead single, becoming one of the biggest hits of the late ‘90s.

  • Good Day

    The song “Good Day” by Nappy Roots (Ft. Greg Street) encourages listeners to be positive and have a good day in spite of difficult circumstances. The song is about embracing what the world has to offer, from friends and family, good food, music and games. The rapper speaks about having faith, making good choices, working hard, and making a good impression. 

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