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About Tha IndexTha Index was conceived one night in the studio by the author/creator Marcus Thompson. It is a tool to help those of you out there (Writers and Producers) who waste countless hours and studio time thinking of the perfect vocal sample to fit that phat track they’ve just put together.
Tha Index is also a true testimate to the Hip Hop Nation. A tribute to artists, past and present; that have contributed to the growth and popularity of the music and culture.It used to be a time when TOP 40 radio would not play Rap music. There used to be a time when Rap got no props at award shows. There used to be a time when all of the big names in RnB and Jazz talked bad about Rap music saying that it wasn’t “Real Music”. They said that Rappers sampled too much and that the music would die like Disco did.
Well, if you listen to TOP 40 music today, you will hear loops of Break Beats, Scratches and MC’s rapping over the breaks of songs sung by mainstream artists…even country has gotten into the game. (Thanks Nelly!)In my opinion, the one artist that really opened up the door for Rap/Hip Hop to be accepted by TOP 40 radio and worldwide was Madonna. Her 1990 hit “Justify My Love” (Produced and Co-written by Lenny Kravitz) featured a Public Enemy Break Beat loop as the sole percussion to the track.
Rap/Hip Hop is now Big Business, thanks to the likes of entrepreneurs like: Russell Simmons, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z and Master P. Starting with Russell, these men have created Hip Hop clothing lines, fashion apparel and accessories that are worn by Super Models on runways world wide, making Hip Hop chic and accepted by the masses.
~Long live Hip Hop!~
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