The term: 'hip hop' defines an urban culture which surfaced in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the New York area (South Bronx to be more precise). Hip Hop culture encompasses four elements: the DJ, the MC (also known as the rapper), the graffiti artist, and the b-boy/b-girl (also known as breakers or "breakdancers"). Collectively, these are the four elements that constitute hip hop. However as time went on and record labels began noticing the commercial profitability of rap music, the MC became the main attraction. Rap, which only makes up 1/4 of hip hop began erroneously being referred to as "hip hop". After it's beginnings in New York, rap and hip hop began to spread and come out of other places such as California (eventually turning into a global sensation).
Track Masters knows rap and hip hop. Whether you're looking for East Coast, West Coast, Down South or something else, we've got you covered. We offer tracks with explicit lyrics as well as clean versions. Track Masters breaks hip hop into two main categories and five subcategories. The two main categories are party and street. Party hip hop is fun, lively, and feel good music to dance to. It's usually the type of hip hop played in a dance party setting. Street hip hop (also known as hardcore hip hop) is more gritty, grimy, and aggressive. Street hip hop is typically played less in a dance party setting. The five subcategories are:
EAST COAST: groups and artists originating mainly from the New York area such as Wu-Tang Clan, the Notorious BIG, Nas, Mobb Deep, and Gang Starr. Known for lyricism, ability to flow on the mic, and hard beats. MCs like these keep hip hop close to it's original sound, elements, and birthplace.
WEST COAST: groups and artists originating mainly from the California area such as Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and Cypress Hill. Known mostly for it's distinct G-Funk and "gangsta" spin on rap/hip hop. Although rap/hip hop started in New York and the east coast, the west coast took hip hop to a totally, whole 'nother level (in a good way of course). "Weeeeeeest Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide" !
DOWN SOUTH: groups and artists originating mainly from the 'dirty south' such as Outkast, Goodie Mob, Ludacris, T.I., and Three 6 Mafia. While the east and west coasts were running the rap/hip hop scene, the south was emerging as a musical force to be heard and to be taken notice of.
PIONEERS: the groups and artists who started it all, such as Eric B. & Rakim, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, and RUN-DMC.
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: groups and artists originating mainly from the Miami and South Florida area such as Trick Daddy, JT Money, Iconz, First Platoon, and White Dawg. Although Miami's known for it's 'bass sound', it does have a local non-bass rap community.