Due to the fast development of technologies, music which was popular decades ago has greatly transformed. Groups which once were popular came into musical history and former trends such as disco music are nearly forgotten. Hip hop culture, however, is still far from becoming outdated. Its vogue has already passed but a strong drumbeat and rap vocals are still practiced by musicians.
Hip hop appeared in New York as a culture of African American ghetto. It encompassed deejaying, graffiti painting, break-dance, and a peculiar street-style. For the first time, bright spray-painted pictures of names, abbreviations, and comics appeared on the walls of New York City in the early 1970s.
Hip hop reached its Golden Age in the 1980s. Weird street art appeared all over the country; youth was occupied with creating rhythmic music, dancing, and putting bright baggy clothes and heavy accessories on. Rappers primarily focused on the life of the inner city inhabitants. Lyrics enlightened gang life, drugs, and racism. Groups like Salt-n-Pepa and Kid n Play rose to the stars of hip hop culture.
In the 1990s, hip-hop moved towards commercialization. It was promoted everywhere as a culture of minorities, which, however, failed to deliver a positive message. Rappers of the 80s tried to create a culture of artistry and creativity. Self-expression was pushed backward as labels recorded songs with degenerating context.
In the 2000s, hip-hop is created with the use of high-quality beats. The technology allowed musicians to push their music at the brand-new level. Eminem, 50 Cent, and many others became world-famous.