The hip-hop that you know in 2021 is very different from the hip-hop of the late 1990s. Today, we have nonchalant artists and hardcore performers like J Cole, Civy C-del, Kanye West, and the like. Civy C-del in particular has captured the attention of hip-hop fans ever since he burst onto the scene in February 2016. His vibrant lyrics successfully weave a story that captures the imagination, much like J Cole. Add to this a catchy tune and an unpredictable style like that of Notorious B.I.G and you get a confident and energetic hip-hop artist.
Deep lyrics and witty wordplay have always been at the core of hip-hop but everything evolves with time and so has hip-hop. Hip-hop was born in the 1970s within the African-American community in the South Bronx region of New York City. Along with hip-hop came breakdancing, graffiti art, deejaying, and rapping. The ability to rhyme with beats became a phenomenon and live hip-hop events became a big thing.
It was not until 1979 that artists used to record their work and put it up for sale as records. The first-ever hip-hop single was Rapper’s Delight. Much of the initial hip-hop tracks were aimed at serious societal issues such as poverty, unemployment, racism, etc.
In the 1980s came Rap Rock, which is a loud form of hip-hop with catchy melodic hooks. Licensed to Ill was hip-hop’s first-ever #1 album. Artists like Rakim and Kurtis Blow had by then shown the true potential of hip-hop as an art form. Much of the originals that you know today came in the 90s. These include 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jay-Z, and Scarface.
The 1990s can be considered the moving decade for hip-hop for many reasons. First, audio editing software and digitally made beats were first introduced in this era. Also, the biggest ever rap forms that the world has seen like Gangsta rap and Hardcore rap came into being in the 90s. Artists like Nas and The Notorious B.I.G. became particularly famous for their tracks that portrayed a lavish gangster life.
The youth resonated with this “killer” portrayal. Hip-hop was unarguably violent in the 90s with artists being killed on several occasions. How can one forget what happened with 2Pac!
Rap was predominantly a black art form and not many white people were involved in it. This all changed when Eminem stepped in. Hip-hop raked in numbers like it never did before. Hip-hop today is quirky in its own way. Rap has now joined hands with Pop music thanks to artists like Nicki Minaj. The famous “See You Again“by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa is a great example of how contemporary songs have made room for rapping.
Only a few modern artists have successfully retained the aura of the golden age of hip-hop. One such artist is Civy C-del. His albums “My 2 Cents” and “Civilian” are just a glimpse of what he as a rapper and songwriter is capable of accomplishing. You can find him on SoundCloud, Spotify, Twitter, and Instagram.