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Hip Hop and rap music have emerged over the past 25 years and really taken the world by storm. The simple beats and melodies are built to make people dance while the rapid, rhyming succession of words is infectious to try to rap along with. When you spit an entire verse right in time with the rapper, it feels like you are right up there on stage performing with them. The ability to tell a story while staying in time and keeping the rhyme (see what we did there?) illustrates the impressive skill needed to construct a rap song. Even more impressive is the ability to freestyle, or to do this all off the top of your head to a random beat, which some rappers will do at live shows. These concerts will have the entire audience rapping the words with the performer, who will then sometimes cut the music and let the crowd finish the verse for them. Hearing the song a cappella as performed by thousands will give anybody goosebumps, and to experience that feeling constitutes plenty of reason for you to get hip-hop and rap concert tickets.
So, whether you are a fan of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown or Lil Pimp, you ought to get your hands on these hip hop concert tickets if you want to dance to the hottest new beats!
About Hip Hop and Rap Music
The hip-hop genre was first developed in New York City during the late 1970s. It comprises of a variety of different elements such as rapping, d-jaying, breaking and beatboxing. Other elements of the culture of hip hop include graffiti art, hip hop fashion, hip hop language and style. From NYC, the hip hop culture soon spread to both urban and suburban communities all throughout the country and eventually the entire world, with hip hop music opening up new avenues of development in the field.
Greatest Hip Hop and Rap Stars
The hip hop culture has had a notable impact on mainstream music. Let’s take a look at some of the artists who have contributed greatly towards making this genre what it is today.
The man behind the Academy Award winning soundtrack of the film, 8 Mile, Eminem is one of the biggest hip hop stars in the US. During the course of his career, he has had an impressive 10 number one albums and five number one singles. Globally, the rap artist has sold more than 245 million albums, becoming one of the world’s best selling artists. Eminem is also listed on Rolling Stone’s list for the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and has even gotten the label of King of Hip Hop by the publication.
The rapper that needs no introduction, Jay-Z is a powerhouse in the hip hop industry. He is one of the best selling musicians of all time with more than 100 million records sold all over the world and 21 Grammy Awards won in multiple categories. His net worth is estimated at an impressive $810 million according to 2017 data from Forbes magazine. Married to an equally famous R&B singer, Beyonce, Jay-Z is hip-hop royalty in true sense of the word.
Nas, the American hip hop recording artist is a multi-talented individual, having forayed into business, record producing and acting. Nas has released an impressive eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold more than 25 million records all over the world. He has won multiple prestigious awards during his career and has been nominated for many more, including the Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Dr. Dre is an influential personality in the world of rap and hip-hop. He is the founder of Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment and has produced music for big artists such as 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent. According to 2017 data by Forbes, Dr. Dre is the third richest person in the hip hop realm with a net worth of $740 million.
The legacy of this legendary hip hop artist lives on, even though two decades have passed since he was shot to death in a drive-by incident. The artist was a rapper, actor and a poet and made quite a name for himself in a short amount of time. He has sold more than 75 million records all over the world and is ranked as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop artists of all time. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
The Notorious B.I.G.
Ranked as one of the ten greatest rappers of all time by Billboard magazine, The Notorious B.I.G. was an American rapper, central to the East Coast hip hop scene. Even though his success was cut short by an untimely death as a result of a drive-by shooting in 2007, he still continues to be a source of inspiration to many modern day hip hop artists. His album, Life After Death was released 16 days after he passed away and went straight to No. 1 on album charts.
Discovered by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg has since sold nearly 23 million albums all across the US. His debut album called Doggystyle topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts as well as the Billboard 200 chart. The album eventually became certified 4x platinum in 1994 and had several hit singles including “Gin and Juice”.
Kanye West got involved in the music business through producing records for big artists such as Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. He, however, always wanted to be a rapper and released his debut album called The College Dropout in 2004. It received a lot of critical acclaim. His subsequent works helped establish him as a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop and rap industry. West’s life outside the music business is equally interesting, thanks to his marriage to Kim Kardashian and his well-documented feuds with multiple celebrities including Taylor Swift.
Joining his first record label at the mere age of nine, Lil Wayne was destined for super stardom. His debut solo album, Tha Block Is Hot was released in 1999 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. His subsequent albums were also big successes and helped establish Lil Wayne as a brand in his own right. With over 100 million records sold worldwide already, this star is well on his way to rise further high!
The Canadian rapper released his debut album, Thank Me Later in 2010 and shot to international fame instantly. The album opened at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart and before long, was certified platinum by the RIAA. His fourth album, Views released in 2016, broke multiple records and stayed at the top of Billboard 200 for ten non-consecutive weeks. The song “One Dance” from this album topped charts in multiple countries.
The Females of Hip Hop
Even though the hip-hop genre seems to be largely male dominated, there are a lot of women who have had quite an impact on this genre. Let’s take a look at a few of these:
Nicki Minaj: Rising to fame with songs such as “Super Bass” and “Starships”, Nicki Minaj is a hugely successful rapper. She may be short, but she sure has a lot of talent packed up into her 5-foot 2-inch structure.
Queen Latifah: The artist from New Jersey, Queen Latifah is an established hip hop artist, rapper, actress and record producer. Recent times have also seen her appear in films such as Hairspray and Chicago.
Missy Elliot: Rising to super stardom with singles such as “Sock It 2 Me” and “Get Ur Freak On”, Missy Elliot is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer. She was one of the first female rap artists, paving the way for future stars.
Lil’ Kim: Starting out in the mid-‘90s, Lil Kim found success through her outrageous and explicit lyrics, combined with her sexy persona. She developed her talents under the guidance of the hip-hop legend, The Notorious B.I.G.
Lauryn Hill: Rising to the mainstream hip hop scene with the 1990s hip hop trio, Fugees, Lauryn Hill is a hugely successful rapper and hip hop star. Her Grammy Award winning album, Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is what helped her dominate hip hop charts.
Buy Hip Hop Concert Tickets
There have been many major hip hop and rap artists who have performed and are lining up to perform for their fans in 2018. These include the likes of Jay-Z, NF, Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti and Chris Brown, among others. If you want to get a piece of this entertainment, you ought to buy hip hop concert tickets at the earliest!