Who started gangsta rap?
The first rap song to use the word 'Gangster' was probably 'Gangster Boogie' by Schooly D, released in 1984.
The first rap song to make reference to being in a gang was schooly D's 'P S K (What Does it Mean)' released in 1985.
'PSK' is cited by Ice-T as a major influence on his 1986 song '6 in the Mornin' which many consider the first 'Gangsta Rap' song.
Next would be Boogie Down Productions' album 'Criminal Minded' which contained the song '9mm Goes Bang' released in 1987.
Followed by Westcoast Rap Group N.W.A. (Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella) with the album Straight Outta Compton with song such as: Straight outta Compton, Gangsta Gangtsa & F-ck tha Police in 1988.
That's a hard one to break down and answer, because people's definitions of gangsta rap vary. The broadest definition may be 'a sub-genre within rap music, designed to verbally depict the thought-processes of a superior gang member'. Depending on our concept of 'gang member', it may be impossible, simply by definition of terms, for gangsta rap to exist without derogatory language.
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Eminem's significance is the change me made to Hip Hop. Eminem helped effectively end the East Coast vs. West Coast rap feud with his entry into rap. He loved 2Pac for his lyrics and did not brag about the West Coast success in his songs. Eminem helped bring an end to the Gangsta Rap Era, although major gangsta rappers still exist they are much less prominent.
Pac did rap about many various subjects, but the main dilema in his lyrics was the struggle and hardcore life as a gangsta in the hood. If you listen to most of Tupac's songs they were not about being gangsta, they were about social injustice and any other personal problems he felt he had to deal with through his music. Things like sexism, racism, poverty and of course his own experiences.