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Subject: New Wave and Hip Hop - Kindred Spirits?

Written By: Donnie Darko on 02/21/06 at 12:42 am

As a fan of both, I think they share a lot in common:

1. Production

Both are largely keyboard and drum machine based.  Also, both tend to have minimal singing.  Seriously, the production of Crunk is similar to a lot of New Wave dance songs.

Mainstream/Indie

Hip Hop and New Wave are either super-mainstream or proudly indie.  Basically, you're either like Duran Duran, cashing in on a trend, or you're like the Cure, proudly indepent but with a huge fan base.  In both cases.

Style

Both genres have a style and culture to them (although much moreso hip hop).  People who listen/listened to both tend to copy the fashion of each genres.

Do-It-Yourself

Hip Hop and New Wave are both very easy types of music to make, and share this with Punk.  With Hip Hop you just need rhymes and beats, with New Wave you need beats and a singer (and often, a guitar).

Does anyone else see this connection?


Subject: Re: New Wave and Hip Hop - Kindred Spirits?

Written By: velvetoneo on 02/21/06 at 1:04 am

Original hip-hop along with new wave grew up in the early 1980s influenced by the ashes of the wild late 1970s punk ethos. In that sense, they are kindred spirits. Also, '80s new wave is definitely a huge  influence on '00s crunk rap in production styles and musical qualities, if not finished product and its mood (at all)-alot of producers actually admit being influenced by Kate Bush and the Talking Heads.

Subject: Re: New Wave and Hip Hop - Kindred Spirits?

Written By: Donnie Darko on 02/21/06 at 1:25 am


Original hip-hop along with new wave grew up in the early 1980s influenced by the ashes of the wild late 1970s punk ethos. In that sense, they are kindred spirits. Also, '80s new wave is definitely a huge  influence on '00s crunk rap in production styles and musical qualities, if not finished product and its mood (at all)-alot of producers actually admit being influenced by Kate Bush and the Talking Heads.


Interesting.

Crunk beats have that synth quality to them.

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