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Title: How Did Hip Hop Influence The Music Industry?
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Ah, hip hop. The start of popularised sampled music. As a wise man once said: "Hip Hop, it don't stop." ...But if it don...
Ah, hip hop. The start of popularised sampled music. As a wise man once said: "Hip Hop, it don't stop."
...But if it don't stop, there where is it heading? And what has it changed along the way? Let's find out...

Back to the old school
To find out where something is going, it's useful to know where it's been! Hip hop's roots are as mongrel as they come - Taking the danceable breaks from funk music, the rhythmic poetry from Jamaican Dub and the sampling from pioneering electronic music such as Kraftwerk, it's a complete mash-up of styles.
The 1970s saw the roots taking place, with the 1980s bringing them together into something closer to what we recognise as hip hop today. The use of samplers and drum machines became more commonplace and samples such as the Amen Break (a hallmark of Jungle and Drum and Bass) and drum hits such as the Roland TR-808 kick began their rise to musical fame as hip hop producers.
1990 rolled in bringing G Funk to the fore and popular hip hop veered away from the dancey aspect and began to take on the more violent imagery that it has become (in)famous for. The music became even more sample-centric, but added the use of some funky synths to further define the sound. And as 2000 went past and the planes fell out of the sky as the millennium bug hit the world hard, hip hop also underwent a radical change - the lyricism in popular hip hop took a turn for the dancier side once again, with clever imagery being replaced by catchy repetitive hooks in offshoot genres such as Crunk.
Genres it influenced
Now we've got a bit of background, let's see what hip-hopped onto the bandwagon and was influenced by the monolithic genre.
You might not instinctively think this is a genre related to hip hop, but some early house artists came from a hip hop producing background. The early, dancey hip hop sound was not entirely dissimilar to House, often advocating the use of the 4 on the floor drum beat and synthesized basslines.
More directly, the genre "Hip House" spawned as a definitive mix between the genres. Also referred to as "House rap", it, shockingly, entails emcees spitting their flow over a club-oriented house beat. Chances are you've heard more of this than you might think - ever heard of Kid Cudi - Day n' Night? There you go.
Drum and Bass
Once upon a time someone thought it'd be clever to make a genre out of pretty much a single sampled drum loop. A few years later and that genre moved out of the jungle and into the mainstream as it metamorphosed into what we now know as Drum and Bass.
The single drum sample happened to be the amen break, a sample first popularised by pioneers of a certain allerative genre - can you venture a wild guess as to which? Hip Hop helped to inspire the breakneck breakbeats (even coming up with the name breakbeat, as the loops were from the dance breaks in the funky tracks they were stolen... uh, I mean, sampled from.) that are at the core of Drum and Bass. Breakbeat started with DJs playing two copies of the same record simultaneously (one offset from the other) and rapidly switching between each in sucession.
Nu Metal
As Hip Hop producers started springing up in different backgrounds, it was only a matter of time before one got hold of a distorted guitar. Taking a Hip Hop approach to Heavy Metal music meant more loop-based riffs with funkier syncopated beats. The samples, rapping and scratching migrated into the mix as well, bringing the world some bone-crushingly heavy and yet funky and danceable tunes.
A difficult genre to define, it is undoubtedly derived from some of the aspects of hip hop - sampled breaks and rhythmic lyrics. Proponents of the genre such as Dizzee Rascal have further taken this style into the sub-genre Grime - hip hop's children have already had children.
Where it's going?
With the rising profile of pop-rap - superstar rappers using about 4 samples to create their latest smash hit or employing similar superstar producers to write pop anthems for them to emcee over, hip hop looks to be pretty much cemented in the mainstream. But the decline in the sales of conventional hip hop might be a sign of things to come - does it imply that people have lost interest in the messages behind the tunes created in what is known as the "golden age of hip hop" during the 80s and 90s?
Or does it mean that hip hop has left the ghetto and its old vinyl records behind and is quite comfortable in its new mansion with its fancy synths and will just continue to brag about how wealthy it has become and how many bitches can fit in the hot tub?
Either way, we know it's got a definite future ahead, because quite simply - it don't stop.