LL Cool J has been described as the very first "pop rapper" in history, when he rose to prominence on his 1985 debut album Radio. MTV has described LL Cool J's 1987 single "I Need Love" as "one of the first pop rap crossover hits".
One of the most prominent and popular sub-genres within hip hop today is melodic rap, encapsulating the sounds of artists like Young Thug, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, NAV, Juice WRLD, and many more that sing and rap, often with autotune, over hip hop or trap inspired production.
In the mid-80s, rappers like LL Cool J began creating hip hop singles with catchy melodic hooks.
The melodic rap genre encompasses many different styles of music, from trap to hyperpop/digicore and more. Melodic rappers include everyone from Osquinn/P4rkr to YoungBoy NeverBrokeAgain.
Coke La Rock is known for being the first rapper to ever spit rhymes after teaming up with DJ Kool Herc in 1973 and both are recognized as the original founding fathers of Hip Hop. Rap music was originally underground.
Polo G was originally known for his Chicago drill sound, but eventually transitioned to a more melodic style. He has been noted for his "vivid and explicit storytelling"; his lyrics often involve tough subjects, including racism and mental health.
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Dubbed the king of Auto-Tune, R&B singer and rapper T-Pain inspired many pop artists to meddle with vocal synthesizers. He reintroduced Auto-Tune as a vocal effect in pop music with his 2005 debut “Rappa Ternt Sanga,” with songs like “I'm Sprung” and “Studio Luv” using the technology as an instrument.
One of the first rappers at the beginning of the hip hop period, at the end of the 1970s, was also hip hop's first DJ, DJ Kool Herc. Herc, a Jamaican immigrant, started delivering simple raps at his parties, which some claim were inspired by the Jamaican tradition of toasting.
“Auto-tune is an out of body experience but it's a way to bring melody to hip-hop in ways that rapping doesn't allow you,” Neil tells Harper in the fourth episode of This Is Not A Drake Podcast. “Drake found a way in his natural voice to tap into that interiority without having to use that out of body experience.
Lil Uzi Vert's style of rap has been compared to rock music, as well as being labeled with the terms emo rap and punk rap. He has also been described as a lo-fi rapper and compared to rapper Lil Wayne.
Top 5 greatest gangsta rappers:
Of course, Dr Dre and MC Ren can be regarded as originators of the genre, but it was their counterparts, Ice Cube and Eazy-E, that really drove the point of gangsta rap home. Eazy-E is, without a doubt, the most notorious gangsta rapper of all.
Rap has no melody, so what's to sing? What's more, rap has no harmony, and in music, harmony is usually melody's servant. So rap leaves out completely two out of the three ingredients we enjoy so much in songs. The third ingredient in the music mix is rhythm.
1989: Queens duo MC Serch and Pete Nice debut as 3rd Bass, the first white rap act for whom whiteness is not at least in part an uproarious crossover gimmick.
No. NBA Youngboy has stated that he writes his own lyrics and doesn't use ghostwriters for anything. He does, however, get help from other producers like MexikoDro and Dubba-AA. Like many other rappers, NBA Youngboy has been accused of using ghostwriters to help him write his songs.
But unsurprisingly, a verse from YoungBoy carries by far the biggest price tag. According to Junnier's post, NBA YoungBoy charges $300,000 plus for a feature, while Never Broke Again affiliates NoCap and Bway demand in the region of $25,000 and $3,500, respectively.