Hip hop is a music style that came along with a cultural movement that formed during the 1970s among African American youths residing in the South Bronx in New York City. The culture emerged out of an atmosphere of disappointment and disillusionment. The mainstream breakthrough of the music came between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. In this period of time there also developed a rivalry between the hip hop artists from the west coast and the artists from the east coast of the United States of America. Great rappers from the west coast such as Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg produced great hits while artists such as Nas and Notorious B.I.G. during 1994–95 cemented the status of the East Coast during a time of West Coast dominance. Eventually the rivalry turned personal and it is widely assumed that even the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious BIG are related to this rivalry. Even after the deaths of those two icons the popularity of hip hop music continued. In the early 2000s there was the breakthrough of new stars such as Eminem and 50 cent. Dr. Dre produced 50 cents breakthrough album Get rich or Die Tryin. Hip hop has changed since then and critics even say you can’t call the hip hop music nowadays really hip hop. In the early and mid-90’s the hip hop was also known as gangsta rap but nowadays it is more commercial. Many hip hop artists are working together with regular pop stars. For example the collaboration between Katy Perry and classic hip hop star Snoop Dogg. They produced together the song California Girls. Twenty years ago it was impossible to think this would really happen. But fortunately there are still radio stations who are broadcasting real classic hip hop.
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