Are you fond of hip-hop music?
If you are, I’m sure you are familiar with Kanye West, Jay Z and Rihanna.
Alright, how about these artists?
DJ Kool Herc? Afrika Bambaataa? Or Grandmaster Flash?
They are hip hop artists, too.
If you know all of them, well, you must be a huge fan of hip-hop!
Now, I guess you know what you are going to read in this article.
Yes, hip-hop music.
Knowing how it developed would help you understand it better.
I will also share several representative hip-hop artists with you.
Another part is free hip-hop music for downloading.
Part 1. Introduction of Hip Hop Music
In the 1970s, hip-hop music showed up. It has 4 main components: rapping, scratching with turntables, graffiti writing and break dancing. There are also other parts like sampling beats, synthesized beats and sounds and rhythmic beatboxing that also constitute this music genre.
Hip-hop started to diversify with Southern rap and Atlanta hip-hop in the 1990s. In the middle of the 90s, it sold like hot cakes. This popularity continued through the 2000s. However, its sales went down since 2005. Nearly the same period, alternative hip-hop artists, such as Kanye West, succeed to get a place in the mainstream.
In the 2010s, rappers like Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole have been super popular. The subgenre of hip-hop, Trap, rose with artists and groups.
Next, I would like to share 5 representative artists with you.
1. Snoop Dogg
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., known as Snoop Dogg, is a US rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and television personality. He started his music career after being discovered by Dr. Dre.
In 2004, “Drop It Like It's Hot”, as Snoop’s first single released from the album R&G: The Masterpiece, was his first single to reach No.1. What’s more, “Signs”, featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, was ranked No. 2 on the UK chart.
2. Dr. Dre
Andre Romelle Young, with the stage name Dr. Dre, was born on 18th, February 1965. He is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. Dre is a key personage of West Coast G-funk. Rolling Stone ranked him 56 on the list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.
Dr. Dre won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Let Me Ride” in 1994. “Nuthin' But A ‘G’ Thang” reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was picked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.
3. Nicki Minaj
Onika Tanya Maraj was born on 8th, December 1982. Nicki Minaj is her stage name. She is a Trinidadian-American rapper, songwriter, singer, model, and actress. Nicki gained public recognition since 2007. She is one of the world's best-selling music artists.
Song “Starships” reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also one of the best-selling singles of all time. “Anaconda” peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Minaj’s highest-charting single in the U.S. to date.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. He is the only artist having 8 albums continued to debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200. Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the “King of Hip Hop”.
In 2003, “Lose Yourself” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. This song also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in the next year. Another song “Stan” peaked No.1 in 12 countries, including the UK, Germany, Ireland and Australia.
5. Kanye West
Kanye Omari West was born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago. He is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. Time magazine named Kanye one of the 100 most influential people in the world in both 2005 and 2015.
“All Of The Lights” reached No.2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the U.S. It also won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Another song “Love Lockdown” was ranked No.3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over 3,000,000 copies in America.
Part 2. Newest 20 Hip Hop Music Download
In this part, I’m going to share some free hip hop music for you to download. If you like the songs, just click the links to listen and download hip hop tracks. So, the following is the top 20 Hip Hop music 2018.
1985 Intro to “The Fall Off”
Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake
I Like It
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
Part 3. Best 30 Hip Hop Music of All Time
Besides the new 2018 Hip-hop songs, we also selected the 30 best Hip-hop music playlist for you. Of course, maybe they are not your type, but I believe that it’s a good thing to have more options. So, just steam the music below, and you are allowed to download the hip-hop music for free.
I Heard You Got Too Litt Last Night
Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi, Juicy J
A$AP Rocky ft. Frank Ocean
A$AP Rocky & Tyler The Creator
Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown