Who Invented Rap?

Who Invented Rap?

Rap is primarily a type of music characterized by the rhythmic spoken delivery of poetry, wordplay and rhymes. In recent years, the fame of rappers such as Daddy Yankee, Mary J. Blige and Eminem has greatly contributed to the popularity of this music genre. In addition, what was once a predominantly male world has now become a home to popular female rap artists like Foxy Brown, Eve and Missy Elliott. For more information about this important form of musicality, it is good to know its history including who invented rap. The Invention of Rap Who invented rap? Based on historical accounts, rap can be traced back all the way to the time of the griots, who were groups of people from West Africa that delivered stories accompanied by sparse instrumentation and rhythmic drumbeats. Academics, spoken word artists and modern day griots all acknowledge this very fact. Additional Facts and Other Important Information Music historians consider the period between 1979 and 1984 as the era of old school rap. According to them, the rap music during this time emphasized the good times rather than lyrical technique. One of the most notable rap artists during that time was Melle Mel, who was known for his creative wordplay and socio-political content. The golden age of rap transpired in the latter parts of the 1980s. Likewise, the same thing also happened in the early parts of the 1990s. During these two periods, many rap prodigies emerged, some of the most notable of which were Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Chuck D. This golden age ended some time in between 1993 and 1994. Rap can be delivered using various kinds of styles. One of the most recent is the use of multisyllabic rhymes, which...
Who Invented the Ferris Wheel?

Who Invented the Ferris Wheel?...

Called by other names such as the big wheel or observation wheel, Ferris wheels are usually found in theme parks and amusement centers. Within this type of non-building structure, people can sit comfortably in passenger gondolas, which are attached to the rim and are set in a huge upright wheel. Today, you can find some of the biggest structures in countries like Japan, the United States as well as Taiwan. Aside from these wonderful details, there are so many other important things to learn about it including who invented the Ferris wheel. The Invention of the Ferris Wheel Who invented the Ferris wheel? The American inventor named George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. designed and invented the Ferris wheel in 1893. It was made for the World’s Columbian Exposition that was held in the City of Chicago in Illinois. It was then called the Chicago Wheel, which he did as part of an effort to build something quite impressive just like the Eiffel Tower in France. After this huge event, every ride of similar nature was referred to as Ferris wheel. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Details The Ferris wheel was the centerpiece at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It used two steam engines, which stood at the height of 260 feet or 80 meters. After that, it became part of the Saint Louis 1904 World’s Fair. Throughout history, the world has seen different kinds of massive Ferris wheels. After the Chicago Wheel, the Great Wheel was created in 1895 as part of the Empire of India Exhibition that was held Earls Court in London, England. In 1900, the Exposition Universelle was showcased at the Grande Roue de Paris in France, which lasted only until 1937. In 1997, the Tempozan...
Who Invented Fireworks?

Who Invented Fireworks?

Who invented fireworks? Fireworks are said to have originated in ancient China. The popular story goes that a cook mixed together saltpeter, charcoal and sulphur. The mix started burning. The cook went a step further and placed it in a bamboo tube. It exploded and the first fireworks came to be. The invention of fireworks is linked to that of gunpowder since they are based in the same principles. Some say the invention took place some 2,000 years ago. Others place it at a later date in the 9th century of the Song Dynasty. There are those who believe gunpowder and fireworks were first discovered in India, but most agree it comes from China. In any event, the Chinese found different uses for this hot powder over the course of time. At first it was used only to play with. Then the first firecrackers appeared in about 1,000 years ago. They were made by a Chinese monk named Li Tian from Liu Yung city in Hu Nang. His memory was revered greatly by the Chinese. They celebrated April 18 to commemorate him. Today Liu Yung City is still a major firecracker producer in China. These firecrackers were used to celebrate the Lunar Yew Year. The Chinese believed they could frighten ghosts and evil spirits with their sounds. So it was good practice to light fireworks at the start of a new year. Later on, fireworks were used in other important events such as birthdays, funerals and festivals. But there was more in store from the black powder. During the 6th century, the Chinese were looking desperately for ways to fend off the Mongol army. They realized that the gunpowder could be used as an affective weapon against the invaders....
Who Invented the Phonograph?

Who Invented the Phonograph?...

The history of the phonograph shows that Thomas Edison filed for the patent in December 1877. But he actually started developing it a few months earlier. The Origin of the Phonograph Edison was actually working on his telegraph. His objective was to make the telegraph send messages again and again. He used papers with some indentations. His design had a diaphragm with a point and set it against paraffin paper. He would later replace the paper with a cylinder enfolded in tin foil. He handed the design to John Kruesi (his mechanic) who created the machine. Edison spoke through it, and his words were recorded. The first words that were used in the history of the phonograph were the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamb. Improvements on the Phonograph A year after getting the patent, the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company was established. The machine became popular although only a few people were able to use it as it was complicated. However Edison didn’t work on the phonograph for a while as he focused on his other inventions. However other inventors would make improvements to his invention. In 1880 Alexander Graham Bell and Charles Tainter replaced the tin foil Edison used with wax. The needle was also replaced with a stylus. In response Edison came out with some improvements on his own model. The history of the phonograph reveal that Edison also used wax but also included stearic wax and ceresin. Edison followed this up in 1890 by releasing talking dolls using the phonograph’s wax cylinders. They came out with some musical cylinders. Nine years later a phonograph parlor was opened. The parlor was located in San Francisco. People would pay a nickel and their selection from the list...
Who Invented Bingo?

Who Invented Bingo?

The invention of Bingo dates back to 1929; although a game similar to it dates back centuries before, which is where bingo originated. This article seeks to investigate the historical facts of Bingo. Bingo is similar to an Italian lottery that was played in the 1530s and was called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia”. The game is based more on chance rather than skill. The popularity of the game grew over the years and spread to the French by the late 1770s. In France, the game was called “Le Lotto” and was played among wealthy Frenchmen. A version of the game was played in Germany to help students to learn spelling, math and history in the 1800s. A carnival pitchman, who was on tour in Germany, introduced it to America. It was in 1929 and it was known as “Beano”. He explored the potential for the game as he made some changes to the game he learnt. A New York toy salesman named Edwin S. Lowe visited a carnival in Atlanta, Georgia where he first saw the game being played. The crowd was very curious and quite excited about the game. The game was being played in a tent and it engaged the crowd so much, that the person in charge of the tent had much difficulty ending the game. This was evident when he made attempts to bring the game to close as persons would complain of not having had a chance at the game. It was after much effort that he was successful. Lowe, himself, was not able to play based on the thick crowd. However, upon returning to his hometown in New York, Mr. Lowe introduced the game to friends. The same kind of excitement was...
Who Invented American Idol?

Who Invented American Idol?...

Definitely one of the most highly anticipated shows in the world today, “American Idol” is a reality television show that offers viewers loads of surprises. This interactive talent show is currently on its way to start its ninth season. The show is known for featuring some of the best homegrown talents in the United States. It offers participants a once in a lifetime opportunity to shine and become popular worldwide. Despite its wondrous accomplishments, it is still good to look back and learn the colorful history of the show including who invented American Idol. The Invention of American Idol Who invented American Idol? Led by a group of directors that include Ken Warwick, Nigel Lythgoe and Bruce Gowers, the concept behind this highly interesting show was invented by Simon Fuller. Throughout the years, his name has been associated with some of the huge names in show business such as Annie Lennox, Spice Girls as well as past American Idol winners David Cook and Carrie Underwood. In 1998, he was able to create a format that revolutionized the world of television. Amongst the shows that he made by that time were Canadian Idol, Pop Idol and American Idol. Additional Facts and Other Interesting Information After Fuller’s Pop Idol made some really serious noise in its first two installments in the United Kingdom, he decided to sell the show to the Fox Network in the United States. Upon its release, American Idol was an instant hit among various audiences. After that, the show has popularized show presenters Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. This particular type of television format that Fuller created has an estimated value of more than $2.5 billion, the revenues of which are comprised of advertising sources,...
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