Gangsta rap is a genre of rap music that describes the life of a gangster – in the sense of “member of a (youth) gang” – in a violence-oriented and (by now) clichéd way. The term “gangsta rap” is usually reserved for West Coast and Southern hip-hop, while East Coast hip-hop with similar content and style is referred to as hardcore rap.
Hip-hop originated in the ghettos of major U.S. cities, and so the social problems present there, such as violence and drugs, were an important part of the song lyrics from the beginning. In the early stages of hip-hop, the lyrics were accepted in a very critical and distanced way, also because the contents were already announced in soul production of the 1970s and were not understood. Gangsta rap, on the other hand, focuses exclusively on that criminal area of life, glorifying individual aspects such as drug dealing, pimping, murder, but also (social) injustice. The style, in whose chanting vulgar language usually plays a characteristic role, is the most commercially successful subgenre of hip-hop to date and was the dominant hip-hop subgroup in the charts, especially in the mid- and late 1990s. Only since the turn of the millennium have many artists turned away from gangsta rap and integrated stronger elements of conventional pop music, just as they tried to build a more family-friendly image.
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