Music Makes You Lose Control!
There are a lot of different types of music, but the
most heard in the county are Rap, R&B, and Reggaeton.
Why is it that so many people like these types of
music? What is interesting about the music that
attracts such big audiences? People like rap for the
messages it gives out and the way rappers and
producers are able to rhyme everything out. Others
enjoy R&B and Reggaeton because it gives you an
energetic beat that makes you want to dance. But where
did all these different kinds of music come from?
Well, rap originated in the Bronx in New York City.
DJs began isolating the bass beat break from funk and
disco songs. The MCs began speaking between songs,
saying jokes or stories. Eventually it began to get
more style to it and got known as rapping. Some known
artists of rap include Tech N9ne, Eminem, and The
Game. So because of these artists, rap is becoming
known more and more.
R&B, also known as Rhythm and Blues, was made mostly
for blues kind of music but with a bit of a rhythmic
beat. Many people used it to express their emotions.
According to dictionary.com, the word rhythm
means “expression of musical time” and the word blues
means “improvised, sad music.” R&B was first started
by many African American people in Chicago, New York,
Detroit and Los Angeles. Some of today’s R&B artists
are Chris Brown, Ciara, and Usher.
Reggaeton is a blend of Jamaican music influenced by
reggae and dancehall which is combined with rap or
Spanish rap. Reggaeton hit the Latino youth during the
1990’s, which is when it first started in Puerto Rico
and Panama. Then it spread throughout the United
States, rapidly concentrating on the Latino
population. Many people argue over the lyrics being
too sexual, especially the dance called perreo. This
basically refers to dancing where people grind, freak
dance, and get crunk, and school officials still argue
over banning this kind of music in schools. There are
many artists known to the public, but the most heard
artists are Daddy Yankee, Wisin Y Yandel, Hector “El
Father,” Calle 13, and Don Omar.
The reason why rap is popular is because it gives a
message, rhymes, and has a good beat. R&B is popular
because it has a rhythmic beat and a slow beat at the
same time. Reggaeton is becoming more and more popular
because it has an energetic beat that makes you want
to dance the perreo, and the lyrics mostly revolve
around sex or a sexual feeling.
Everyone can find an artist or two to enjoy from any
type of music. Though rap, R&B, and Reggaeton have
increased in popularity over time, all types of music
are fun to listen to. Pick up that iPod or CD player,
and listen to the beats and sounds that make up the
world of music.