Hip Hop vs. House

Compare and Contrast The Sounds of Life House and Hip Hop, are two very similar genres of music. However, no matter how similar these two types of music sound, they are still very different. Hip Hop and House music are two very popular kinds of music today. Some Hip Hop artists that you might be familiar with are MosDef, The Roots, De La Soul, Jurassic 5. Some House music artists are Mark Farina, Chemical Brothers, Inland Knights, JT Donaldson and Deadmau5. All of these artists and groups have left their lasting mark on the ears of millions throughout the world.

As far as parallelisms go, both types of music were conceived in the late seventies and early eighties both are derived from the Death of Disco, which happened at Cominskey Park where the Chicago White Sox play in 1979. The Death of Disco which was originally titled “Disco Demolition” which was originally suppose to be a bonfire of disco records between a double header. It quickly turned into what you could describe as a mob scene which can be blamed on the hands of Steve Dahl creator of this ridiculous movement.

Anyway, the two types of music were created when predominately Black and Latino young adults from the inner cities of the United States started to manipulate, which is also known as sampling old Dance, R&B, and Disco records, thus creating a sound that they would later transform into the music that we love and appreciate today. Both House music and Hip Hop borrow or sample excessively from many different types of music such as Disco, Jazz, Soul, Blues, Rock, Alternative, R&B in addition to live instrumentation.

This could not have been done without the help of the turntable, which in both genres is the cornerstone to the music, and the starting point for many artists of both genres. Hip Hop was created in the Bronx, neighborhood of New York City, and was performed on street-corners, house parties, and block parties. House Music, was created in the gay night clubs of Chicago, and found its name at “The Warehouse” which was known for this type and style of music. Hip Hop focuses on two turntables operated by a DJ (Disc Jockey) and an MC (Master of Ceremonies) or Rapper.

The MC, would verbally rap or rhyme to the music being put out by the DJ who would mix and scratch different records together in rhythmic patterns. And still today, the primary focus of Hip Hop is the MC/Rapper. This type of music puts great emphasis on lyrics, it’s the MC’s job to tell the story in order to help the listener feel what or why the song was made or written. Now in contrast, House Music is made with two turntables, a drum machine, synthesizers and little to no lyrics of any kind. House Music focuses on heavy beats, baselines, and sweet melodies that can and will take you on a journey through uplifting thoughts and feelings.

House music will always emphasize the DJ’s ability to make you move your feet. This attention goes only to the DJ, since there isn’t anybody else up in the DJ booth to share the spotlight or credit for the music at their finger tips. Hip Hop is usually 84-120 beats per minute,(BPM) which is a slower tempo, that consist of a kick drum, high hat, and a snare. This allows the MC to rap to the beat and also allows the MC to speak clearly enough to deliver a rhyme, which the listener can understand and follow.

House music which is typically 118-135bpm, is a bit faster, and uses a 4 on the floor beat, which is a rhythm used in disco and electronic dance music, characterized by a steady, uniformly accented beat played on a bass drum 4/4 time, and consists of a kick drum and is engineered for your dancing enjoyment. Hip Hop, has always been a battle of two people. MC vs. MC, East Coast vs. West Coast I’m better than you, because of this or that, where as House music, has always been about bringing people together through love and understanding and never discriminating against people of color, beliefs, where they are from, or sexual orientation, .

Hip Hop became nationally recognized in 1979, when “The Sugar Hill Gang” put out “Rappers Delight” which is still played in many clubs and parties today, since then the music has spanned all over the world. And it has become one of the most popular genres of music on the national charts. House Music, has made its way around the world, and has found its home in many different continents. House Music is the number one, most widely listened to type of music outside of the United States.

It has made DJ’s into worldwide superstars but yet only a handful of Americans have really accepted it as a mainstream alternative to their regular source of music. You can hear it everywhere from Japan, throughout Europe, South America to Australia. It has become the soundtrack of our lives. As you can see these two styles of music have a very similar history, yet have taken their own separate paths to bring them to what they are today. Both very enjoyable in their own way, and I encourage anyone to dive deep into the depths of both genres, and allow these American treasures to win over their hearts and ears.