Old school hip hop (also spelled old skool) is one of the earliest types of hip hop music. Mostly the term old school rap refers to hip hop music around 1979 until the 90s. Hip-hop picked up the term, popularized it and made it popular. In the U.S. in particular, a new generation of rappers wanted to distinguish themselves from the beginnings of rap in the 1970s and early 1980s, and the term was originally even used rather negatively in the sense of “dissing” the “old style”; that is, the original rappers were thus partly classified as “old-fashioned”.
The image and sound of old school rap was shaped by artists like Grandmaster Flowers, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc, Treacherous Three, Funky Four Plus One, Kurtis Blow, The Sugarhill Gang to name just a few of the rap pioneers. They captivated with a simpler rap technique than is common in today’s rap music and the focus on party-related subject matter. Old school rap beats are often characterized by simple sampled melodies as well as a hard kick (bass drum) followed by a high snare drum.
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