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Bronx to Nashville

             Music is something that everyone enjoys whether it is country, rap, rock, heavy metal, or polka. Even though country and rap are two types of music, they show many differences. Country is full of guitars, fiddles, and sometimes-even banjos. Rap is exactly the opposite. The smooth lyrics and inventive beats in rap make it pleasurable to listen to. Someone who listens to country may consider rap nothing but a bunch of jumbled up, scurrilous language meaning absolutely nothing. Others might hate country because of the messages they sing. .
             During the early 70s, in New York's inner-city neighborhoods, of the Bronx and Brooklyn, mc's began rapping spoken rhymes about street life to the beat of dj-manipulated drum machines and turntables. In 1979, rap had its first hit single with the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight." Since then, rappers haven"t left the charts. Along with rap come many sub-types of rap. Hardcore, underground, east-coast, jazz, and old-school rap are just a few types that have been created since the 70's. Throughout the 80's, the whole nation became familiar with rap. There was no street or nightclub that wasn"t familiar with rap and its distinct lyric and beat. Into the 90's rose some of the most renowned rappers of all time-Tupac Shakur and the Notorius B.I.G. Tupac Shakur, with his tales of "Thug Life" and street crime, and the Notorius B.I.G., with his bittersweet, dead-eye narratives of drugs and violence made the 90's a statement of how hard it was to grow up in the ghetto. The late 90's have seen the gangsta stance mutate into a cartoonish, larger-than-life act, with rappers like L'il Kim and Foxy Brown bragging about living large with expensive cars, designer clothes, diamond jewelry, and champagne.
             Similarly to rap, country has been rising in popularity. Country was first known as bluegrass. Bluegrass is a form of music that has no computerized effects, just pure instruments and vocalization.

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