In the mid-80s there began to be tremors of a revolution of sorts, an explosion of sorts, as Hip Hop became more popular and better known among those outside of its inner circles and outside of its birthplace in the Bronx, New York and other areas of New York City.
Noticeably, much of what was seen in Hip Hop during this era was comic relief and pure entertainment. While in the early days there were the socially conscious lyrics of Melle Mel, and also a mixture of party songs, the mid 80s ushered in an era of novelty acts and pure comedy and entertainment. Such acts as the Fat Boys, UTFO, and the Real Roxanne were massively popular acts that provided primarily an entertainment outlet with no consciousness raising value whatsoever. It appealed to adolescent tendencies and bordered, intentionally, on the absurd; however, I will admit, at the time I was highly entertained, myself being an adolescent starving for some kind of stimulation. One of the most notorious and prolific song series of this period was the Roxanne Wars: It began with a song by UTFO (Untouchable Force Organization) about a girl who was incurably stuck up; the song was followed by a massive series of follow ups, some by the Real Roxanne; some by Roxanne Shante, a member of the slick DJ Marly Marl's Juice Crew; some by so many various off shoots and copy-cats it would be impossible to list. One thing is certain, it provided years of entertainment and record sales.
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