MUSIC
Dwayne Carter, who goes by his music alias Lil' Wayne, has been one of the most popular rappers since his emergence in 1993.
Dwayne Carter, who goes by his music alias Lil' Wayne, has been one of the most popular rappers since his emergence in 1993.
Today's music lovers have many options of the type of songs to enjoy. Genres range anywhere from classical music to hardcore hip-hop to even smooth jazz. During the 20th and 21st centuries, the ways in which people listen to music began to drastically advance. Before it was common for people to use old-fashioned record players to listen to whatever preference of music they had. Today, many people choose to use radios and of course one of the most popular innovations of the 21st century is the iPod made by Apple. There are many forms of the iPod that are used today by millions around the world. There is the smaller iPod shuffle, iPod nano, the iPod classic, the iPod touch,external image ipod-touch.jpg and the most recent iPad; Apple's equivalent of a touchscreen laptop. Apple offers music for purchase through their system known as "iTunes". The price per song peaks at about $1.29. It is interesting to know that the "Apple" company got its name from a summertime experience from one its its co-founders, Steve Jobs, in 1976. Steve worked during the summer at a community farm and was inspired by the job to name his company, "Apple".

HIP HOP

In the 20th and 21st century not only was there the emergence of hip-hop as one of music's most popular genres, but hip hop has taken on many forms. A popular hip-hop artist in Lil Wayne (shown above). His lyrics about drugs, money, and women appeal to many of today's hip-hop listeners, most noticably in teenagers. One of the most popular, yet extremely controversial is "gangsta rap". It can be arexternal image ice-cube.jpggued that rappers in Los Angeles were the innovators of "gangsta rap" widely due to the fact that Los Angeles was home to many of "gangsta rap's" most successful artists including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. What made "gangsta rap" so popular all over the country was its ability to tell real-life stories in a creative fashion that many people, especially lower class and poorer African-American families, could relate to. Things that actually went on in people's families and neighborhoods were highlighted and talked about in these different rap songs, including poverty, sex, robberies, encounters with the police, playing sports, murder and even drug trafficking. In Ice Cube's 1993 hit single It Was A Good Day, he raps about a good day to him in the "hood" of South Central Los Angeles. He says, "Didn't even see a berry flashing those high beems. No helicopter looking for a murder...Plus nobody I know got killed in South Central LA. Today was a good day." In these few lines of the song, he is referring to relief that there are no police looking for murders in his neighborhood and that no one lost their life that day. Although "gangsta rap" is not the only genre of hip hop music, it is definitely one of the most popular. Other examples include Jazz Hip Hop, Old School Hip Hop, and also Club Hip Hop which is used widely to dance to.

JAZZ

During the 20th century a new creative style of music burst onto the scene as a mixture of blues and old-fashioned ragtime music. jazz, first introduced from the depths of New Orleans, is music that can be played through just about any instrument. A key attribute to jazz music, which differs from many other genres, is the ability for jazz musicians to improvise whenever they see fit during a song. What also gives jazz music its distinctive identity is the beautiful sound that one jazz song can possess. Two popular jazz musicians who have made themselves famous by mastering their sound are Miles Davis and Kenny G.

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Similar to blues, jazz music has the ability to tell stories through its sound, not just song lyrics. Jazz can portray any mood that the artist feels needs to be expressed. The way that jazz has grown popular of the years in through its steadily changing image. Jazz music and its musicians are featured in today's most popular aspects of life. Different magazines and television commercials for cigarettes, automobiles, and even alcoholic beverages feature jazz music to advertise their product. However, although jazz music is very much still alive today, it has never been as popular as it was throughout the early 1990's when artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Art Blakely were its face.


TV AND FILM

Over the course of time, the development and advancements in the television and film industry have been beneficially significant. Since America was first introduced to the concept of television in March of 1925 by a man named John Logie Baird, television has become a cornerstone to everyday human nature. The same goes for movies and film. Film started out in 1878 as multiple photographs from a British photographer named Eadweard Muybridge capturing human motion. Today, both have become revolutionary aspects of life that people invest a lot of time and money into. Although it is apparent that much is still left to be uncovered, today's citizens are fortunate enough to experience the peak of what both of these phenomenons have to offer. Television went from external image old-tv-set.jpg to now the stunning image ofexternal image lg_47lg75_lcd_tv.jpg . The filming industry has undergone a similar change. Initially to watch a simple two hour movie, you would need yards of plastic film to show a movie that would show up in black and white and with minimal clarity. Today, you simply need a disc, a high definition player, and a high definition television to experience sharp visuals that will have you feeling apart of what you are watching. No longer do you even have to worry about missing your favorite movie or television show due to a prior engagement. Technology now lets you use your TELEVISION, to record your favorite FILM to be viewed at your convenience. Not only are television shows available in High-Definition, but now movies are also in High-Definition through a system known as "Blu-Ray". So over time, researchers and developers have continuously worked to advance television and film, and things are only going to get better and better as time moves on.



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