Code Switch. It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. Gangsta rap acted as an outlet to express their anger over the social injustices in society without fear that they were going to be silenced for telling the truth.
They often used gangsta rap to tell the stories of their lives, which sometimes included strong violence, hypersexuality, and drug abuse. Ice-T , was born in Newark, New Jersey , in As a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles where he rose to prominence in the West Coast hip hop scene. In , Ice-T released " 6 in the Mornin' ", which is often regarded as the first gangsta rap song.
Ice-T had been MCing since the early '80s, but first turned to gangsta rap themes after being influenced by Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D and his album Schoolly D. In , Ice-T repeated in his autobiography that Schoolly D was his inspiration for gangsta rap.
Just Watch What You Say in Ice-T's lyrics also contained strong political commentary, and often played the line between glorifying the gangsta lifestyle and criticizing it as a no-win situation. Schoolly D's debut album, Schoolly D , and especially the song " P.
What Does It Mean? A most notably in the song " Boyz-n-the-Hood " as well as the Beastie Boys on their seminal hardcore hip hop inspired album Licensed to Ill The latter is the most gangsta-themed song of the three; in it, KRS-One boasts about shooting a crack dealer and his posse to death in self-defense. After this, BDP's subsequent records were more focused with the inadequate rationale removed.
The first blockbuster gangsta rap album was N. A 's Straight Outta Compton , released in Straight Outta Compton would establish West Coast hip hop as a vital genre, and establish Los Angeles as a legitimate rival to hip hop's long-time capital, New York City. Straight Outta Compton sparked the first major controversy regarding hip hop lyrics when their song " Fuck tha Police " earned a letter from FBI Assistant Director, Milt Ahlerich, strongly expressing law enforcement 's resentment of the song.
A and Ice Cube 's early solo career, gangsta rap is often somewhat erroneously credited as being a mostly West Coast phenomenon, despite the contributions of East Coast acts like Boogie Down Productions in shaping the genre and despite Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D being generally regarded as the first gangsta rapper.
In the early s, former N. A member Ice Cube would further influence gangsta rap with his hardcore, socio-political solo albums, which suggested the potential of gangsta rap as a political medium to give voice to inner-city youth.
A's second album, Efil4zaggin released after Ice Cube's departure from the group , broke ground as the first gangsta rap album to reach 1 on the Billboard pop charts. Aside from N. Above the Law also played an important role in the gangsta rap movement, as their debut album Livin' Like Hustlers , as well as their guest appearance on N.
A's Efil4zaggin , foreshadowing the dominance of the genre in s starting with Dr. Dre's The Chronic. The Beastie Boys were one of the first popular groups to identify themselves as " gangsters ", and one of the first popular rap groups to talk about violence and drug and alcohol use, though largely in a more humorous manner.
They had started out as a hardcore punk band, but after introduction to producer Rick Rubin and the exit of Kate Schellenbach they became a rap group. A's early albums. The New York rap group Run-DMC is often credited with popularizing hardcore and confrontational attitudes and lyrics in hip hop culture, and were one of the first rap groups to dress in gang-like street clothing.
Their stripped-down, rock-inspired beats were also important in establishing the early gangsta rap production style. The seminal Long Island-based group Public Enemy featured aggressive, politically charged lyrics, which had an especially strong influence on gangsta rappers such as Ice Cube. The Houston -based group known as the Geto Boys came out around the late s and made songs containing both gangsta themes of crime and violence and sociopolitical commentary. The group notably released proto- mafioso rap music with the song "Scarface", a track centered on selling cocaine and killing rival gang members.
The Geto Boys are also known for being the first rap group to sample from the movie Scarface , a film which became the basis for various mafioso rap samples in the s. Furthermore, the Geto Boys, along with Jam Master J 's and Erick Sermon 's group Flatlinerz and Prince Paul 's and RZA 's group Gravediggaz , are often cited as pioneers of " horrorcore " rap, a transgressive and abrasive subgenre of hardcore rap or gangsta rap which focuses on common horror themes, such as the supernatural and the occult , often with gothic or macabre lyrics, satanic imagery and slasher film or splatter film -like violence.
It also contained a song by his new thrash metal group Body Count , who released a self titled album in Particular controversy surrounded one of its songs " Cop Killer ".
The rock song was intended to speak from the viewpoint of a police target seeking revenge on racist, brutal cops. Ice-T's rock song infuriated government officials, the National Rifle Association and various police advocacy groups.
Ice-T suggested that the furor over the song was an overreaction, telling journalist Chuck Philips " Arnold Schwarzenegger blew away dozens of cops as the Terminator. But I don't hear anybody complaining about that.
But nobody wants a black man to write a record about a cop killer. Ice-T's next album, Home Invasion was postponed as a result of the controversy, and was finally released in While it contained gangsta elements, it was his most political album to date. After a proposed censoring of the Home Invasion album cover art, he left Warner Bros. Ice-T's subsequent releases went back to straight gangsta-ism, but were never as popular as his earlier releases.
He had alienated his core audience with his involvement in metal, his emphasis on politics and with his uptempo Bomb-Squad style beats during a time when G-funk was popular.
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