Rap and Hip-Hop Culture In The UK.

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A Brief History of Rap & Hip-Hop Culture In The UK:Matthew Sweeney.28/05/00 Rap emerged as a style of music in the mid to late 1970s, although precedents of the form can be heard being used over the beats of blues tracks as far back as the early 1960s. To determine the exact birth of rap would, as Dyson (1993) suggests be “ a tricky process that depends on when one acknowledges a particular cultural expression or product …

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…the past decade and particularly in the last few years of the 1990s has made a valuable contribution to this. Music is a media which everybody understands and enjoys, but it is also a useful tool that can and is being used to educate the masses about the difference and similarities which exist between all people. Modern day popular music may therefore be seen as performing a task that the rap artist KRS-1 calls ‘edutainment’.