Would it be crazy for me to say, out of all of New York’s contributions to rap — and trust me there’s A LOT of them — what I’m going to share is it most unique ever? Now keep in mind, what I said: Unique. Not greatest. Not the biggest. Heck, I didn’t even say most influential. All I plan on doing is explaining how a sub-genre within New York’s huge rap scene became its most important sound, during this rapidly-growing time in our culture.
What is Hip-Hop? Throughout recent history, many scholars, philosophers, writers, and other prevalent scholars have attempted to define Hip Hop as well as what it means to be Hip-Hop. Google defines Hip-Hop as a “style of popular music of US black and Hispanic origin, featuring rap with an electronic backing”. Although, Google has provided this definition I believe that it is overly general and inaccurate to the roots of what create what we know as Hip-Hop. Through research and multiple interviews i have discovered that Hip Hop is more of a culture that cannot be accurately defined by one simple sentence. Hip-hop has many facets; it can be fashion, poetry, and or art, because to put it plainly, Hip Hop is heritage. It is all these things. In this essay, I will analyze and identify what exactly Hip Hop means as well as give an example of who best embodies the representation of what is means to be Hip-Hop.
“Call Me Karizma” is the stage name of Morgan Parriott; born April 28th, 1995 from New Prague, Minnesota. He began writing music at age 12. His song “F U Till I F U” (Uninvited, 2016) became a major success in April 2016; it was played over 11 million times on major streaming services. He later landed a record deal with Arista Records (affiliated with Sony) in 2018.
The rap crown is arguably the most desired accolade in music history. Since rap music became mainstream so has its top spot. Now that rap music is one of the most influential aspects of pop culture, it is more coveted than ever. It’s customary for every rapper to think that the top spot belongs to them, but it’s usually the general consensus that they need to put in some work before they can truly justify their place at the top. Rappers that fans often indicate as top tier and deserving of that spot include Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Biggie, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Nas and many others. Some people think that the crown is simply transferred from one rapper to another after a certain period of time, others think that it has to be earned and once it is acquired, someone better has to come along to take it.
When most people think of Kansas City hip-hop, Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) is the first municipality that comes to mind. It's the home of the NFL's Chiefs and the MLB's Royals in the world of professional sports.
I know right? So soon after the album's release and you’re already being flooded with reviews from people who think they know what the album should sound like better than the artist himself and no if you thought that’s what this is then you are so, so, so wrong. I’m going to talk about the feel of the album because that’s what I get from artists like Nate—the music often has a feel to it rather than being technically either this or that.