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This document presents a study of the origins and role of non-pitched, percussion-based samples in the history and development of the hip-hop genre. The survey presents an historical synopsis of hip-hop’s origins including the infrastructure of the genre, the DJ forefathers, and the music and drummers responsible for the subcultural emergence. Emphasis is placed on the specific genres of music that influenced the creation of hip-hop and the drummers responsible for the sounds that were appropriated to create new musical works. Influential drummers are examined, and transcriptions are given to aid the development of relevant drum set performance techniques. A portion of the manuscript will examine copyright effects on hip-hop music, including the ramifications of sampling and resulting adjustments to percussion performance practice. Finally, the document will serve as an appropriate vehicle for musicians and scholars to develop common ground on hip-hop culture.
Beat; Subculture; History; Impact; Non-pitched percussion; Early hip-hop
Music | Other Music | Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Taylor, Jeffrey Michael, "The Beat of a Subculture: A Study of the History and Impact of Non-pitched Percussion in Early Hip-hop" (2021). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4270.
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